Greenwich Football Training Staff

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

Head Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

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.

Kevin Avery

Associate Head Strength & Conditioning 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 Coach Marinelli’s 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 serving also serving as a Strength & Conditioning Coach. He currently works as a middle school mathematics teacher at in independent school in Westchester, NY.

Edward Groth

Assistant Strength & Conditioning

Coach Groth joined the Greenwich staff in 2018 as the Kickers & Punters Coach.

 

He played football at Central Connecticut State University where he was a four-year starter. Senior year he earned NEC All-Conference and All-New England as a place kicker and punter. He also has the record at SCC for the longest field goal at 49 yards.

He attended Shelton High School and was the starting Varsity place-kicker and punter for three years. He also earned honors senior year for All-Area New Haven Register, All-State team CT Post and New Haven Register, Coaches All-State and All-CT Team for Walter Camp.

Rodney Joyner

Performance & Speed Coach

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 selected to play in the Division 3 Senior All-Star Bowl. 

Dac Newton

Performance & Speed Coach

Dactavian Newton has been the Wide Receivers Coach at Greenwich High School since 2015.  In 2016 he was promoted to Offensive Coodinator.

 

He attended Brien McMahon High School where he was a three year letter winner in football as a wide receiver.    After High School he accepted a scholarship to play football at the University of Connecticut.    He earned All-Conference twice in the Yankee Conference.

 

Prior to coming in Greenwich he was the Wide Receivers Coach at New Canaan High School from 2013-2014.

Joe Urbano

Equipment Coordinator

Joe Urbano has been on the Greenwich Staff since 2013.  He started out as an Assistant Sophomore Coach before moving to the Equipment Coordinator in 2016.

Coach Urbano is also a baseball assistant for the Greenwich Baseball Program.  He also serves as the Winter Season Athletic Site Director for the Athletic Department.

Joe Urbano graduated from Trumbull High School.

Pete Falla, ATC, LAT

Head Athletic Trainer

Peter Falla has been the Greenwich Athletic Trainer since 1994.  He attended Brien McMahon High School where he lettered in football and wrestling.  After McMahon he attended Springfield College where he earned his BS in Athletic Training & Sports Medicine.

Peter has been an integral part of the ONS sports medicine team since 1994.  His responsibilities have included providing Athletic Training services to student athletes at Greenwich High School including medical coverage at sporting events, daily practices and assisting in patient care at ONS Physical Therapy. 

 

AFFILIATIONS 

Athletic Trainer, Greenwich High School (GHS)
Concussion Management Coordinator/Impact Testing Supervisor (GHS)
Member of National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA)a

 

CERTIFICATIONS

ImPACT Trained Athletic Trainer (ITAT)
CPR for the Professional Rescuer

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