Wagner hires Tom Masella as head football coach
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Tom Masella has been hired as the new Wagner Seahawks coach, according to FootballScoop. With this move, he returns home.
Masella is from Staten Island, New York. The College is also located in Staten Island.
He replaces Jason Houghtaling, who was let go at the end of the season. In five seasons, he went 16-40.
Masella will be officially introduced as the new head football coach on campus on Monday.
“It’s great to be home and back and my alma mater. I’d like to thank Dr. Martin and Coach Hameline for placing the trust in me as we look forward to re-building a championship program here at Wagner,” said Masella, according to SILive. “I’m excited to meet our current players and coaches and hit the recruiting trails as soon as possible. Wagner is known for having great players from the Metropolitan area and I look forward to re-connecting with those high school coaches. We have a great tradition here on Staten Island and hopefully we can make the community proud of our football program again.”
The 60-year-old was the Bryant Bulldogs Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach. He spent one year at the job before accepting this new opportunity.
He has previous head coaching experience. He previously was the leader with the Boston Terriers, Central Connecticut State Blue Devils and Fordham Rams.
Masella also was hired by Fairfield as their head coach in 1995. However, he left before ever coaching a game.
He is the only coach, who was hired by the school to never coach a game.
As a college football coach, he has gone 44-66. At Fordham, he went 27-40.
Before his arrival with the Rams, he went 15-6 at Central Connecticut. He also went 2-20 at Boston.
This will be Masella’s third tenure at Wagner. He also began his coaching career at the school in 1982 through 1984.
Three decades later, he returned in 2012 as the team’s Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator.