MC picks Ierulli to head football program
January 17, 2003
Tony Ierulli, former assistant football coach at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa., was named Maryville College Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director during a press conference held today on the College’s campus.
Ierulli, who has coordinated the defense and recruiting for the Shippensburg Raiders for the past seven years, accepted the position at Maryville, his alma mater, earlier this week.
“ It is a great honor to be given this opportunity to return to my alma mater and to restore the pride and tradition of Maryville College football,” Ierulli said during the press conference. “Maryville College has always been a special place for my family and me. This is the place where I received an outstanding education, encountered success on the athletic fields and met the most wonderful woman a man could ever marry, my wife Carol … Make no doubt about it, I am a Maryville man.”
Ierulli received his bachelor of arts degree in 1980. A three-year starter on both the Fighting Scots football team and baseball team as a student, he was captain and MVP on the gridiron and baseball diamond in 1979 and 1980.
Following graduation, he coached as an assistant at Bowling Green University and the University of Missouri. He has held coaching positions at Salem College (W.Va.) under Terry Bowden, Susquehanna University (Pa.), and Samford University (Ala). In the early 1990s, he worked with the Birmingham Fire of the World Football League and with the Birmingham Barracudas of the Canadian Football League.
While at Shippensburg, Ierulli’s defensive teams were ranked nationally. In 2002, he was recognized with the Division II “Assistant Coach of the Year” award by the American Football Coaches Association.
Ierulli met with his team at 3 p.m. today and begins work in Cooper Athletic Center on Monday. At the press conference, the new coach enumerated four goals of his program: To graduate every student-athlete in the football program; to have a program based on character and class; to have every senior leave the program on a winning team; and to participate in the Division III playoffs.
Said Maryville College Athletic Director Randy Lambert: “Tony Ierulli will re-energize our football program. He comes to us with a successful background in recruiting and coaching.
“ Tony’s passion for the game and his love for his alma mater made him the logical choice. Our current players are excited about this announcement and are ready to get started.”
Ierulli and his wife have three children: A.J., Katie and Kelli. His in-laws, Eldria and Etta Hurst, are residents of Friendsville and former College employees.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.