Feb. 21, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Head Football Coach Kevin Kelly announced that Vinny Marino will join the Hoyas coaching staff for the 2012 season as the team's offensive coordinator. Marino brings 20 years of coaching experience, having last served as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at Columbia University for six seasons.
"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."
Marino arrives 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. 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.
Prior to his time at Columbia, Marino was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at University of Connecticut from 2002 to 2005, where he assisted an offensive coaching staff to 20 victories in 27 games, posting a .500 record or better in each of its first three seasons at the I-A level.
Marino served as the running backs and special teams coach at University of Rhode Island from 2000-2001, where he helped the Rams to an 8-3 season, its first winning season since 1985. In 1999, Marino was the wide receivers and quarterbacks coach at University of Richmond where he helped develop Muneer Moore, a fifth round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 2000. He also spent three seasons with Patriot League rival Holy Cross in three different roles, eventually becoming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 1998.
He got his start in college coaching at Bowdoin College in 1992, when he coached wide receivers, punt and kick returners and kickoff coverage, after spending a year as an assistant coach at Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge, Mass. in 1991.
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.
TRANSACTIONS: Georgetown: Announced the hiring of Vinny Marino as football offensive coordinator.