Trumbull Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gary Cialfi dialed the number; Marce Petroccio picked up on the other end.
Last night’s phone conversation between the pair may have been brief, but the message was clear — Petroccio was returning to Trumbull High football, this time as the head coach.
“When I got that call I was ecstatic,” said Petroccio, who was an assistant coach to Jerry McDougall at Trumbull before taking the head coaching position at Staples in 1993. “It is a great opportunity for me, and as I told Dr. Cialfi I couldn’t be happier.”
In his 25 seasons, Petroccio led the Wreckers to three state titles, five FCIAC crowns and 210 victories.
“Once the word got out after Bobby Maffei retired last November after twenty years with us, (Athletic Director) Mike King and I felt all along that Marce might be the guy we could get to come home,” Cialfi said after announcing the hire on Wednesday afternoon. “Marce and Bobby were both proteges of Jerry McDougall. Marce was excited about the prospect and the feeling was mutual.”