Vinny Marino
Vinny  Marino

Southbridge, Mass.

Offensive Coordinator


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Recruits: New England, New York, Florida, Nevada, Canada. Marino joined the Hoyas coaching staff for the 2012 season as the team's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, bringing with him 20 years of coaching experience, having last served as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at Columbia University for six seasons.

During his first season on the Hilltop, one where the quarterback position was marred with injuries, Marino guided three different quarterbacks to victories, including freshman Kyle Nolan, who earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week on October 20. Despite using five different quarterbacks, Marino's offense produced three Second Team All-Patriot League players in RB Nick Campanella, WR Kevin Macari and OL James Spaly.

Marino arrived on the Hilltop after spending six seasons as the Offensive Coordinator at Columbia, where he helped the Lions offense rank among the top half in the league in 2009-2010, after several seasons among the worst in the league. "Vinny comes very highly recommended from people that I know and respect in the business," Kelly said. "He really is the total package and fits all of the criteria we were looking for in a coordinator. He has experience and success as an offensive coordinator, he's done an excellent job tutoring quarterbacks and has an extensive background of recruiting at academic institutions."

During his tenure, he coached five All-Ivy League quarterbacks in his six years, including Sean Brackett, who in 2010 became the first Lion quarterback to be named first team All-Ivy League since 1994. Under Marino's guidance the Lions saw several players prosper, including quarterback Craig Hormann who was picked up by the Cleveland Browns as a free agent in 2008, tight end Andrew Kennedy, who was a four-time All-America selection and Austin Knowlin, the school's all-time leading receiver.

In 2010, Columbia quarterback Sean Brackett became the first Lion quarterback since 1994 to be named first team All-Ivy League since 1994. Brackett amassed 2072 passing yards with 19 touchdowns, ranking fourth all-time in the Columbia single-season record books, while leading the Ivy League in passing efficiency and ranking 28th in the Football Championship Subdivision. He also ran for 516 yards with three rushing touchdowns, ranking him 21st in the FCS in points responsible for.

As an offense in 2009, Columbia finished in the top three in the Ivy League in rushing offense (second), total offense (third) and points per game (third) for the first time since 1994. Senior wide receiver Austin Knowlin and sophomore offensive lineman Jeff Adams subsequently were named to the All-Ivy League first team.

The former UConn quarterback played a major role in Craig Hormann's development into an All-Ivy League quarterback. Although it took time for Hormann to fully embrace the offense which Marino and Norries Wilson formulated, he showed a superb grasp of it, earning second team All-Ivy League honors in 2006 and honorable mention honors in 2007. Hormann threw for 2,505 yards last season, fourth highest in school history, and his 12 touchdown passes gave him 27 for his career, fifth-most on the Lions' all-time list. He was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns in April 2008.

Marino had demonstrated the ability to develop talented football players soon after joining the UConn staff as receivers coach in February 2002. In 2004, UConn's top wide receiver was Keron Henry, a converted quarterback. Finishing 2004 as the Big East's fourth-leading receiver, Henry was signed by the New Orleans Saints following the conclusion of his UConn career. UConn's potent receiving corps in 2003 included UConn's second-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American in Shaun Feldeisen, a walk-on who was eventually named team captain, and a high CFL draft pick, O'Neil Wilson, who immediately became a starter with the Montreal Alouettes.

Marino served as the running backs coach at Rhode Island in 2000-01, helping the Rams go 8-3, their first winning season since 1985, and be ranked 19th in the nation. In 1999, Marino coached the wide receivers and quarterbacks at Richmond, where he helped develop wide receiver Muneer Moore, who was chosen in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos.

From 1996-98, Marino coached at Holy Cross, serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1998 and coaching the running backs in 1996 and 1997. As a graduate assistant in 1993 at Western Carolina, he coached the defensive backs and continued coaching there through 1995, working with the quarterbacks for two seasons.

A native of Southbridge, Mass., Marino graduated from Southbridge High School, and also attended Maine's Bridgeton Academy. He was a member of the UConn football team from 1988 to 1991, earning two letters as a back-up quarterback and special teams player. His 1989 team won the Yankee Conference championship.

Marino graduated from UConn in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in economics and earned a master's degree in physical education from Western Carolina in 1996.

He began his collegiate coaching career in 1992, following his graduation from UConn, as wide receivers coach at Bowdoin. He helped to develop Bowdoin's Peter Nye, who signed with the New York Giants, one of three NFL free agents with whom Marino has worked. The others are Dwuane Jones (Cleveland) and Ryan Tolhurst (Carolina), both of whom attended Richmond.

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