In a press conference Thursday afternoon at Salesianum Eugene “Gene” Delle Donne was introduced as the new head football coach for the Sals.
Gene is taking over for Bill DiNardo who stepped down as head football coach this season. Delle Donne becomes the 13th head football coach at Salesianum.
“My family and I couldn’t be more excited to be in this position,” Delle Donne told Delaware LIVE Sports. “Salesianum has always remained a huge part of our life. “
He thanked the Salesianum administration for their trust and faith in his ability “to help lead these young men and create a championship mindset on and off the field.”
“We will create a culture where excellence is expected,” he said. “Our student athletes will have all the resources needed to succeed as successful football players, students and young men.
“I am fired up to get to work building a staff and continuing the great connections and relations with our players! “
Delle Donne played high school football at Salesianum, where he lettered in four seasons for the Sals and was named Gatorade Player of the Year in 2004.
Gene told us all he remembered as a kid was going to games at Baynard Stadium.
“And all I wanted to do was wear that gold helmet,” he said.,
After graduating in 2005 Gene went on to play two seasons at Middle Tennessee State University.
Gene most recently has served as Salesianum’s offensive coordinator and assistant varsity football coach.
His responsibilities include handling practice and game-day install, team management and overseeing college recruiting for prospects in the program.
He also serves as the school’s director of Community Relations, assisting with marketing, admissions, and fundraising activities.
When asked what Salesianum means to him he said, “Other than my family, it’s Salesianum.”
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