After 24 years as the head coach at Hastings, football coach Joe Vaccaro decided to step down.
The 49-year-old Vaccaro has been a staple in the program for 35 years. He joined Hastings football as a high school freshman in 1976 and has been there ever since, except for his four years of college at Albany.
Vaccaro became an assistant coach just months after he graduated from Albany in 1984. He will still teach history at the high school but decided to spend his free time with his family, including 4-year-old triplets Alex, Grace and Sophia.
“Between school and family, it was hard to put that energy in to do the job the right way,” Vaccaro said.
The school will search for a new coach this winter. Vaccaro would not rule out a return to coaching in the future.
One of his best teams was in 2010, when Hastings played eventual state champ Bronxville in the Section 1 final. Vaccaro also coached the combined Dobbs Ferry/Hastings teams for six seasons before they split and had the separate programs revitalized.