Delsea football Head Coach Sal Marchese Jr.
Delsea football Head Coach Sal Marchese Jr. has announced his retirement. (Photo courtesy Brian Tortella)

Sal Marchese Jr. Retires as Delsea's Head Football Coach

Delsea's longtime head football coach Sal Marchese Jr. is retiring, the team announced on social media Wednesday afternoon. Marchese led the Delsea Regional High School football program to 11 sectional titles in 31 years at the helm. The only thing missing from his résumé? A state championship.

Just 17 days ago, that mission was accomplished.

He led the Crusaders to its first ever state championship, a 28-3 win over West Essex in the Group 3 final at Rutgers University on November 26.

Marchese was one of the only two head coaches in Delsea football's 64-year history and finished his career with a 249-83-1 record.

Marchese joined several other coaches that announced their retirements this season including Joe Frappolli of Florence, Seneca’s Bill Fisher, Highland's Brian Leary, and Middle Township's Frank Riggitano.
Marchese will continue as a teacher and assistant coach in track and field.
Never one to show much emotion, Coach Sal was personally one of the toughest and most honest coaches I've had the pleasure of sharing the sidelines with. His dedication and commitment to South Jersey football is unmatched.

Sal Marchese Jr. will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest coaches in South Jersey history. Enjoy retirement, coach!

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