Greenwich Football Staff

Bryan Hocter

Defensive Coordinator

Bryan Hocter has been Greenwich's Defensive Coordinator since 2015.  He came from Staples High School where he served as the Defensive Line & Tight Ends coach from 2013-2014.  Prior to that he was the Head Coach of Stamford High School from 2009-2012 and also served as Stamford's Defensive Coordinator from 2002-2008.

Coach Hocter's defense in 2017 accumulated  65.0 sacks, and in 2018 57.0 sacks, both state records.  His defense since 2016 has allowed less than 2.0 yards per carry on the ground.  In 2018, he put arguably one of the best defenses on the field in State History, allowing just 4.2 points per game, giving up only 54 points on the season (13 Games).  

In 2018, Coach Hocter earned the FCIAC Assistant Coach of the Year honors.

 

Coach Hocter grew up in Stamford, attended Westhill High School where he lettered in Football and Wrestling.

Kevin Avery

Offensive Coordinator

Coach Avery joined the Cardinal program in the spring of 2016.  He serves as the Varsity Wide Receivers Coach, while also serving as the Associate Head Strength & Conditioning Coordinator.

 

Coach Avery attended White Plains High School where he was a 3-sport varsity athlete in football, basketball, and track.  He then attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY where he played wide receiver and earned All-Liberty League Academic Honors as well as the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Scholar Athlete Award.  Avery graduated Cum Laude in the spring of 2009 and began a teaching career through the Teach for America Program.

 

Prior to joining the Greenwich staff, Avery served two separate stints as an assistant Varsity Coach at White Plains High School with a two-year stay at the Harvey School in Katonah, NY in between. Both at White Plains and Harvey, Avery mentored the QB’s, WR’s, and DB’s, while also serving as a Strength & Conditioning Coach. He currently works as a middle school mathematics teacher in the Greenwich Public School District

John Woodring

Special Teams Coordinator

John joined the Cardinals staff in 2016 as the Special Teams Coordinator.  He also coaches the Outside Linebackers.  Before joining the Cardinals staff he was a youth coach for Norwalk.

John played and earned his Bachelor Degree at Brown University. In 1981 he entered the NFL Draft and was taken by the New York Jets in the sixth round. He played for five years with the Jets.  For three of the five seasons he played in the NFL he was special teams captain for the Jets.  In 1986 he was inducted into the Brown Hall of Fame.

John is an elementary school teacher "somewhere in Fairfield County". All three of his sons graduated from Greenwich and served as captains for the Cardinals, Erik '04, Kevin "15, and Kyle '17. Erik went on to play football at Middlebury College where he was captain his senior year. Kevin followed in his brother's footsteps and also played football at Middlebury College. He has been elected captain as well for his senior season. Kyle is currently playing football at Trinity College.

 

Wayne Gioffre '82

Running Backs

Coach Gioffre is a 1982 graduate of GHS and was a member of the 1981 FCIAC and State Championship team. He also lettered in lacrosse while at GHS. He attended Springfield College and played four years of varsity lacrosse and participated in two national championship tournaments. As a college senior, he was captain of the lacrosse team and earned regional and national honors. He also played in the Brine all-star game where he was named the most valuable player. His career coaching tenure at GHS has allowed him to coach under Mike Ornato, Rich Albonizo, And John Marinelli.

Wayne also holds a masters degree from the University of Bridgeport, as well as a sixth year degree from the University of New England. He lives in Greenwich with his wife Lisa and daughter Emma.

 

Rodney Joyner

Cornerback / Head Speed & Agility

Rodney Joyner joined the Greenwich staff in 2015 as the Defensive Backs Coach.  

 

Coach Joyner attended Brien McMahon High School where he lettered in three sports, Football, Basketball, and Baseball.  

After high school Coach Joyner went to Kings College in Wilkes Barre, PA where he earned his Bachelor Degree and was a four year starter for the football team.  He earned 1st Team MAAC Honors three straight years and was select. 

 

Riis Lane

Offensive Line

Coach Lane comes by way of Darien High School where he was the Offensive Line Coach as well as the Run Coordinator. In his time at Darien he helped them get to the state finals in 2019. Prior to that Coach Lane has held the title of Offensive Line Coach as well as the run coordinator for the University of Western Connecticut from 2016 to 2018. In addition to that he has held the title of Offensive Coordinator as well as Offensive Line Coach during his time at other FCIAC schools such as Trumbull High School from 2013-2015 & Stamford High School from 2006 - 2012. He originally got his start in coaching football at sub-varsity level in Stamford from 2003 - 2005.

 

Coach Lane grew up in Stamford, Ct and attended Stamford High School where he lettered in Football as well as Track & Field. He played collegiate football at Curry College in 1999 & 2000. He continued his playing career within the Semi Pro leagues where he was selected to play for teams out of Boston, Connecticut and Westchester County (NY) from 2002 – 2009. He graduated with his master’s in public administration from the University of New Haven, he is currently a career Fire Fighter for the City of Stamford and lives in Monroe, Ct with his wife Leah plus his three boys Edward, Alexander & William.

Erik Lee

Defensive Line

Erik Lee joined the varsity staff in 2018 as a Defensive Backs coach.  Coach Lee joined the Greenwich Football staff in 2017 as the Freshmen Defense Coordinator.

Erik played defensive tackle at Yale where he was a two-time first team All-Ivy selection.  He was also named All-New England his senior year and played in the Ivy Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.  His college coaches included Hall of Fame Coach Carm Cozza and current Michigan Defensive Coordinator Don Brown.

Erik is from Chadds Ford, PA, where he captained the football, basketball, and lacrosse teams for Unionville High School.  He lives in Old Greenwich.

James Briggs

Varsity Assistant

James Briggs joined the Greenwich staff in 2016 as the Freshmen Defensive Coordinator.  In 2017 he joins to the Varsity to become the Defensive Ends & Outside Linebackers Coach. 

 

Coach Briggs graduated from White Plains High School in 2009. He played both football and lacrosse, earning all-section I honors in football.  Coach Briggs attended both Syracuse University and CUNY City College.

 

Prior to GHS, he coached Junior Varsity Football at White Plains High School from 2012 to 2015.

 

Coach Briggs owns Briggs Plumbing and Heating LLC in White Plains.

Joseph Vrtiak '74

Head Sophomore & Junior Varsity Coach

Joe Vrtiak is currently the Head Coach of the Sophomore and Junior Varsity Programs.  He started his second stint coaching in Greenwich in 2003.  Prior to Greenwich, he was at New Canaan, Eastern Junior High School, and Stamford High School, also Greenwich High School in his first high school coaching job. Joe was the CHSCA 2001 Assistant Football Coach of the Year and a 2002 AFLAC National Assistant Football Coach of the Year for New Canaan. 

Joe attended St. Leo's College. 

Frank Wells '94

Head Freshmen Coach

Frank Wells joined the Greenwich staff in 2016 as the Head Freshmen Coach, posting an impressive 9-1 record in his first year.  Frank has been a coach in the Boys Lacrosse program since 2000, and the head Junior Varsity Lacrosse Coach since 2003.  

A Former Cos Cob Crusher, Frank went on to play football, basketball, and baseball at Greenwich High School.  After high school, Frank went to Western New England University and played football and picked up a new sport, lacrosse.  He was named a two time Captain, and earned All-Pilgrim League Defensive Player of the Year, and nominated to the Lacrosse Senior East vs West All-Star Game.

Alexander Santos

Freshmen Defensive Coordinator

Coach Santos brings his skills from Trinity Catholic, where he was an All-State defensive back.  Coach Santos was a three sport athlete in high school and during his time at UC Santa Barbara. After college, Coach Santos turned his on-field skills into coaching skills. As the Defensive Coordinator for the Freshmen team in 2019, his defense returned eight interceptions for touchdowns in route to an undefeated season.

Jonathan Rich

Freshman Offensive Coordinator

Jonathan Rich joined the program in 2019 as the Freshman Offensive Coordinator.  He went to Syracuse University where he served as an undergrad assistant for the football team, spending four years with the WRs.  While at Syracuse he was also an intern with the scouting department. The year prior he coached at Western Connecticut State as an Offensive Assistant.  After graduating college he spent a year working statistics and scores at the National Football league.

Andre Jackson '82

Assistant Freshmen Coach

Andre Jackson has been on the Greenwich Football Staff since 2015 as an Assistant Freshmen Coach.  A Greenwich High Graduate in '82 Andre played on the 1981 CIAC State Championship team.

Coach Jackson currently is a Program Coordinator for the Greenwich Flag Football League and has coached within that program since 2010.

Coach Jackson is a former Glenville Maverick player but has also coached the Riverside Gators for the Greenwich Youth Football League.  He also sits on the Greenwich High School Hall of Fame Board since 2014.

Anthony Minichino '09

Freshmen Offensive/Defensive Line

Anthony Minichino joined the Greenwich Staff in 2017 as an Assistant Sub Varsity Coach.

A former Banc Raider as a player, he also coaches there from 2013-2014.  Coach Minichino graduated from Greenwich High School is 2009.  He was a member for the FCIAC and State Championship Team in 2006 & 2007.  Aside from football, he played Varsity Volleyball at GHS.

After high school, he earned his Bachelor Degree from the University of Connecticut in 2014.

Patrick Mediate C.S.C.S.*D '73

Specialists

Patrick Mediate has been a physical education instructor since 1977 at GHS and currently serves as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for the Football Program.  He has coached football a few different times at Greenwich, most recently as the Defensive Coordinator for the freshmen.  In 2017 he took over the responsibility of Kickers, Punters, and the Assistant Special Teams Coach.

 As a lifelong resident of Greenwich, he played youth football for the Binney Bears in the late 60’s and Junior High football at Eastern Junior High. He played football at GHS for Coach Dave Rice and Coach Mike Ornato his senior year earning, All Western Division Defensive End honors on the 1972 team that played for the FCIAC championship. He graduated with the class of 1973 and continued playing football for 4 years at Central Connecticut State College with all ECAC honors his senior year blocking punts against Springfield and Southern CT State Colleges. He continued his education with a MA degree from Fairfield University and 6th year degrees from Southern CT State.

 

Coach Mediate is the chairman of the Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation honoring former GHS athletes. Patrick is the NSCA State Director and the current national High School Special Interest Group (SIG) chairman. He is active in many organizations at the state, regional, and national levels and has presented to audiences throughout the country. He has served as Vice President of Health for the Eastern District of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and a former member of the Board of Directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association

Coach Mediate has received awards for his professional efforts, including being named the Connecticut Physical Education Teacher of the Year for (CAHPERD) the NSCA High School Professional of the year, the NSCA State Director of the Year, and the President’s Award recipient from the NSCA.

Coach was an invited guest with the US Weightlifting Team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta GA. He has hosted and presented at NSCA conferences at the state, national and international level for the NSCA and USA Weightlifting and will be presenting on our own GHS fitness center and workout program at this year’s NSCA National Conference in Las Vegas.

Coach has also co-authored two books on Medicine Ball Training along with numerous videos on youth fitness training. He has been on network news specials at CNN, MSNBC, Nickelodeon and HBO and featured in Men’s Journal and WAG magazine.

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