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Ciampi Earns Milestone 100th Win

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Varsity football coach Sal Ciampi Jr. reached a very special milestone, earning his 100th career coaching victory. The magic number came with a 21-6 win on Sept. 18 over host Islip, with his father, legendary East Islip football coach Sal Ciampi, watching from the sidelines. The Ciampis are now the only father and son in Suffolk football history to both win 100 games.

“It was great to do it with my father there, and be the only father and son combo, as well as the youngest person to reach 100 wins,” said Ciampi. “It felt good to reach an accomplishment like that.”

Ciampi had not given the pending achievement much thought until media brought it to his attention.

“When you start reaching milestones like this, you feel old, but reaching milestones isn’t why I took this job,” he said. “I still enjoy being around kids and pushing them to achieve things they thought they couldn’t.”

Junior lineman Kyle Nunez said, “I think Coach Ciampi absolutely deserves it. He works harder than most coaches on Long Island. He’s happy for himself, and happy for us.”

The 3-0 Redmen, who earned the Suffolk County Division II championship last year, are off to a flying start after moving to Division III. “We have a long way to go," Ciampi said. “But so far, so good.”

Friday, August 23, 2019