Nutley High School Head Varsity Football Coach Steven DiGregorio retired from his role during an 8pm virtual meeting with the team on Thursday evening, March 4, 2021.
DiGregorio, a 1979 graduate and standout player for Nutley, came to NHS in 2004, and in his second season ended a 10-year playoff drought. In 2011, Coach DiGregorio stepped down, only to return to the NHS program in 2017.
In 12 seasons, DiGregorio compiled 63 career wins and his teams have appeared in the NJSIAA playoffs seven out of his 12 seasons, playing in the North Jersey Section 2 Finals in 2010. They recorded the first undefeated season in over 90 years this past season with a 6-0 record.
In an emotional meeting DiGregorio stated, “I have enjoyed my time here at NHS. It has been the best coaching experience of my life; however, it is time I turn my attention to my own health and well-being.”
NHS Athletic Director Joe Piro stated, “Coach DiGregorio has had an outstanding career here and has been a positive role model for his students, peers, and staff. I do not want to see him go. He will be missed on the gridiron and in the high school football community. He has been a mentor and friend for so many in our community including myself!”
DiGregorio began his coaching career at Paul VI High School in Clifton and then moved onto an assistant coach position at Hobart College and then to Allegheny College. DiGregorio then took on a role at Princeton University, where he spent 13 successful years before leaving for the head coaching position and Athletic Director at Paramus Catholic High School. He began his career as Nutley’s head coach in 2004. DiGregorio plans to stay on as a Nutley High School social studies teacher, where he currently teaches AP and Honors history.