Posted: 9:04 am Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Young football coach, AD Matthew Semerano hopes to boost Inlet Grove 

By Matt Porter

Inlet Grove has had modest success in recent years, making the playoffs but never making an impression. Matthew Semerano hopes for more.

The former Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas assistant is the Hurricanes’ new head football coach. Semerano, who turns 28 in September, becomes the youngest head coach in the county. The Port Jervis, N.Y. native took over as Inlet’s athletic director in January after Sammantha Donovan stepped down.

Semerano, the son of a veteran New York high school football coach, played quarterback at Marist. Beginning in 2008, he spent three seasons as wide receivers coach at Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas. He was co-offensive coordinator in 2011.

He takes over for Jimmie Bell, who resigned in April after three seasons. Bell took over a winless team and went 10-20, with two playoff appearances and the program’s first district title.

Semerano said he is currently focused on building a coaching staff and developing “a sense of pride” among his players.