FAIRFIELD, CT (June 4, 2013) – After serving as the interim head coach of the football program in 2012, Mark Nofri has been elevated to head football coach at Sacred Heart University. Nofri is the seventh head coach in Sacred Heart football history.
Nofri is the longest tenured coach in Sacred Heart football history, beginning his 20th season as a Pioneer in 2013.
"I am extremely proud to be named head coach at Sacred Heart University," stated Nofri. "I want to thank our University President, Dr. John Petillo and our administration in Senior Vice President for Athletics and Student Affairs, Jim Barquinero and Athletic Directors Don Cook and Bobby Valentine for this great opportunity."
Nofri began his coaching career at Hamilton College before coming to Sacred Heart in 1994 as a part of Gary Reho's coaching staff. He graduated from Keene State in 1993 and earned his Master's of Education from Sacred Heart.
During his tenure at SHU, Nofri helped guide the Pioneers to an undefeated season in 2001 (11-0) and the Northeast Conference Championship. The Pioneers long-time linebackers coach, he has produced several All-Conference and All-American linebackers including Jayson Jarrett '01, Kayode Mayowa '02, Craig Capurso '02, Jon Corto '06, Chris Mandas '11 and Justin Sexton. Mayowa was the 2002 Ernie Davis Award winner while Corto played four seasons in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills.
Nofri took over as the interim head coach for the 2012 season and the Pioneers finished 2-9 and were 1-7 in the Northeast Conference. He replaces Paul Gorham who was at Sacred Heart for eight seasons, from 2004 through 2011.
"I am proud to be beginning my 20th year at Sacred Heart and excited about our coaching staff and the student-athletes in our program and what they can accomplish both on and off the field," commented Nofri. "We start preseason training camp on August 4th and look forward to getting the 2013 season underway."