Sachem North Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach Rich Petillo has announced that he is leaving North to take a head coaching position at Harborfields High School.
who helped the school win its first state lacrosse championship in 1979, delivered the news in an open letter to players and fans.
"To all our Sachem North Lacrosse Family,
Recently I had an opportunity come my way which I want to share with everyone at this time. I was offered and have accepted the Head Coaching position at Harborfields HS.
The last eight years coaching at Sachem North have been great. I've met great people and have made many friends along the way. It's been an honor and a privilege to have coached so many great kids through these years. Watching them grow from youth league boys to productive young men has been heartwarming. I hope I have been a positive impact and roll model to them all.
For all the boys that have begun the recruiting process; all my notes will be given to Coach Mauro this week when I sit with him and discuss where all of you are at this point. Good luck and much success to all of you who are taking advantage of our great recruiting program.
Thank you for everyone's support throughout the years. I'll always be a Sachem North fan!"
Petillo's sons, Bryan and Cody, also played for North under their father's assistant stewardship.
Head Coach Jason Mauro issued a statement regarding the news, wishing Petillo a fond farewell and congratulating him on the move.
"We want to congratulate Coach Petillo on his new job," Mauro stated. "We thank him for all of his hard work and dedication to all of the athletes he has coached. We wish him nothing but the best and we hope he has the same success he had here. Good luck!"
This is the second member of the Sachem community to leave for Harborfields this year. Back in June, Sachem East High School for a principal's position at the Greenlawn school.