HYDE PARK – Franklin D Roosevelt High School head football coach Brian Bellino communicated to his team that he will be stepping down from his head coaching position, effecitve immediately.
In a note to his team, Bellino wrote,
“I want to take a second here and fill you guys in on one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. I have resigned as head football coach at FDR high school. I have been doing this for 18 years and feel it’s time for me to move on. I want to thank you for your commitment to the program and all you have given over the years. The process of hiring a new coach will begin immediately. See you at the awards banquet.”
Bellino was the head coach at FDR for nine seasons, and while the 2018 was as challenging a year he’s had in his career at FDR, 2017 was considered one of his best seasons.
“I think the 2017 season was right up there as far as best seasons. We won the first playoff game in school history.”
When asked what Bellino will do with some of his free time, he responded, “Right now I’m going to coach eight year old girls sports.”
Bellino’s has been married for 12 years with one child; his eight year old daughter.
Bellino also cited that it has been challenging to be a head coach when not in the school building throughout the year. He holds a full time position as the Recreation Leader for the Town of Poughkeepsie.
The FDR football program had to discontinue the junior varisty team days before the 2018 season began, because of a low turnout throughout the system. The varsity had just 22 players when the decision was made to discontinue the JV and bring some of those JV players up to round out the varsity roster.
Roosevelt lost its first six games of the season, this year, then went on to win its final three games beating Monticello 35-8 and 24-0, and finishing the season off with a 14-0 win over Red Hook.
The search for a new head coach will be conducted by the school.