Coach Rick Marcella, who coached at the Academy for 26 seasons from 1986 to 2012, returns after five years away from North Bridgton.
A Waterbury, CT native, Marcella has built a legendary career and resume in New England Football. Beginning with a standout career as a defensive back at the University of New Haven, followed by earning his masters degree at Central Connecticut State, Marcella began his coaching career as an assistant at SUNY Albany, then returned to Central Connecticut State as an assistant coach.
Marcella began his initial tenure at Bridgton Academy in 1986, taking the helm as Head Football Coach in 1990. He continued the football program’s tradition of creating opportunities for dozens of students to play football at the collegiate level, including NFL star Victor Cruz ’05. Under his guidance at Bridgton Academy, Marcella oversaw the nationally recognized postgraduate football program and its players on the gridiron, from recruitment to college placement. His network of relationships grew throughout New England and the greater United States, culminating in his development of Bridgton’s postseason recruiting showcase.
With Marcella returning to a coaching staff that includes Matt Burgess ’88, Joe Daley ’77, and Matt Gallery ’09, the Bridgton Academy coaching staff now has an unbroken line of 31 years of uninterrupted experience at the Academy.