Former Football Team Captain Now Leads Offense for Utica College

Posted on Jun 22 2017 - 2:04pm by Jeff Pexton

Press Release – Utica College Athletics

UTICA, NY — Utica College Head Football Coach Blaise Faggiano announced the promotion of Joe Gerbino to full-time assistant coach on Thursday. Gerbino was named the Pioneers’ offensive coordinator and will replace Jim Kramer, who spent the last four seasons on the sidelines for Utica

“We are excited to have Coach Gerbino serve as our Offensive Coordinator,” said Faggiano, who enters his 10th season at Utica in the Fall. “Joe’s six years of experience in one of the top offenses in the Empire 8 will make this transition a smooth one. He served as a captain at Utica College in his final two seasons, demonstrating his strong leadership ability. Joe has a passion for Utica College and has the ability to motivate.”

Gerbino was originally hired as an athletic assistant for the Utica College football program in the Spring of 2015 and was responsible for the wide receivers, the same position he played as a Pioneer. He played four years of varsity football at Utica and was voted as a leadership council member for every semester at the institution.

In the last six years as a player and a coach he has helped guide the football program to new heights, totaling 32 victories, and a .500 or better record in four of the last six seasons. Gerbino has been a part of both ECAC bowl teams in Utica College’s history, serving as a captain in 2014 and a coach in 2016.

 

Joe Gerbino hauls in a pass for the Pioneers during the 2014 season. (Photo By – Jeff Pexton – Perfect Game Imaging)

 

“As a Utica College alum, I am ecstatic for this opportunity and would like to thank the many professors and coaches on this campus that have helped along the way. I appreciate the encouragement and belief instilled upon me by our Athletic Director David Fontaine and Coach Faggiano,” said Gerbino. “I have an immense amount of pride in being a Pioneer. We have a great community, institution, and athletic department. Utica College has everything needed to be a championship level program and there is no place I would rather have been a student-athlete or decided to continue my career.”

Gerbino was named to the Empire 8 President’s List twice in his playing career, he represented the football program as an Empire 8 Sportsman of the Year selection in 2014, and was also a recipient of the “Matt Dunn Pioneer Award” in his senior season. As a coach, he helped mentor an all-conference wide receiver in each of his two seasons, as well as an all-region specialist (Greg Palmer ’15, Jerred Beniquez (Port Ewen, NY/Kingston) ’16, and Nicodemus Gambill (Rochester, NY/East High) ’16).

“Joe will continue to recruit Long Island and New Jersey which have been strong recruiting areas for our program,” said Faggiano. “I am proud of Joe and confident that our offense is in good hands with Joe Gerbino and Ryan Wilson (Offensive Line).”

Gerbino played for head coach Jeff Remo at Mahwah High School and graduated in 2010. He served as a captain, was a two time NBIAL All-Conference selection, and a member of the basketball team.

“I plan to create lifelong relationships with our players. Our staff will dedicate its time into developing responsible, selfless, hardworking men,” said Gerbino. “Our student-athletes will compete to win in everything they do, as opposed to competing not to lose.”

Originally from Belleville, NJ he was born on December 4th, 1991 and graduated from Utica College in 2014 with a degree in Business Management. He is the only child of Natalie DiGangi and Joseph Gerbino Sr. He currently resides in Utica and is pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration.