Joins with championship pedigree staff
Queen of Peace High School today announced that Greg Russo has been named the school’s Head Football Coach. For the last six years, Russo has served as the Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Paramus Catholic High School, where he helped lead the football team to win three State championships and four of the last five championship game appearances in Non-Public Group 4.
As Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator, Russo managed the offensive coaching staff and was responsible for developing and calling the offensive playbook, among other things.
“Coach Russo knows the game of football well and knows what it takes to succeed,” said Tony Riposta, an All-American football player and alumnus of QP who served on the search committee. “With the addition of Coach Russo and the entire coaching staff, the alumni are very excited for what’s in store for the QP football program.”
Joining the QP football program with Russo is a full staff of accomplished coaches, specifically: Al Gavin, who will serve as Associate Head Coach, and was most recently the College Recruiting Coordinator, as well as an offensive assistant coach at Group 3 champion St. Joseph Regional High School; Matt Tarulli, who coached the offensive line at Paramus Catholic; Blake Costanzo, who played linebacker in the NFL for eight seasons; and Calvin Barber, who was a defensive assistant coach at Paramus Catholic.
“I welcome our new football coaches and look forward to them making a positive impact in the lives of our students,” said Father Mike Donovan, pastor and president of Queen of Peace High School.
While he coached football, Russo also acted as an academic liaison with teachers, assisting students with their studies after-school. In addition, he has extensive experience helping high school students with college admissions, facilitating interest among college recruiters, and securing post-secondary financial aid and scholarships.
“Coach Russo and the coaching staff will not only bring our football program to the next level, but they will support academic achievement and advance the placement of our student-athletes in elite colleges and universities,” said John Tonero, principal of QPHS. “I encourage all prospective students to visit our brand new, state-of-the-art Student Center and meet our new football coaching staff.”
Prior to coaching high school football, Russo coached recreation football in Westwood for seven years, where he had success coaching at all youth levels.
“I am extremely excited to be joining such a passionate administration, and am thoroughly impressed with the dedication of the alumni,” said Russo. “It is an amazing time to be joining the Queen of Peace family. My talented staff and I have a very clear vision for the direction of the program, and the support to make it a reality.”
Russo was an award-winning scholar athlete in both high school and college. He graduated magna cum laude from Siena College, earning a bachelor of science degree in Finance. In addition to coaching football, Russo currently owns and runs a successful placement and consulting services company, and manages a sports training facility.
A seven-member search committee consisting of school administrators and alumni led the school’s search for a head football coach. The committee considered over 35 applications for the position.