Coach kept players on task in short season

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Editor

Tony Grandinetti led the Wall High football team to an undefeated (7-0) season and New Jersey Shore Conference championship in 2020. Over the last two seasons, he has led Wall High to a record of 19-1.

He believes the program’s winning culture helped steady the seas during an uncertain time due to the pandemic.

“I really think it was everything,” Grandinetti said. “Our culture is one that we take pride in. It carries us through everything we do. Any time we have an opportunity to work out or practice, we know it’s important. We knew our decisions this fall impacted not only our families, but also our football family. We all had goals in mind going into the season. We held each other accountable to follow through.”

Grandinetti kept his players in shape last spring by leading at-home, body-weight workouts.

“I thought of the players with nothing — no weights or access to anything — and designed body weight workouts that guys could do in an open space,” Grandinetti said. “They could do workouts in a 5 x 5 space. It was a Zoom workout with 70 guys. I did it with them. We did body weight workouts. They were very challenging. I think that helped us build a bond as best we could.”