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Coach Falco

Article taken from the Sachem North school Paper the North Winds-

In April of 2003 David was appointed the 4th head football coach in Sachem History. He follows coaching legend and Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame inductee Fred Fusaro. Coach Fusaro retires with the most wins in Suffolk County history to his credit.

I try not to concern myself with the talk about following in the footsteps of a legend. Nothing that I do, and anything that this program accomplishes from this point forward will ever change what Fred Fusaro has meant to this community and this program. I learned many lessons from Coach Fusaro in the 21 years that he has been my mentor. One of the first lessons was that I had to be myself and not try to imitate any ones coaching style. I will continue to be myself and do what I feel is right for our student athletes and this program. The bar has been set by coach Fusaro, and this program will continue to strive for excellence in every thing that we do

A 1984 graduate of Sachem High School, David was a member of the 1983 Suffolk County Championship team that had a record of 9-0-1. He also played varsity basketball and baseball.

My time in high school was spent playing three sports. Looking back those were great times. I was a starter on both the baseball and the football teams but did not play much on the basketball team. I learned valuable lessons being part of that (basketball) team and I carry with me those lessons today. I truly believe that our football players should play other sports while in high school. I will always support multi sport studentsin our program. I dot believe in specialization. The competition and the experiences that happen during athletics are to important to pass on. There are always exceptions but for the most part our athletes should play other sports

After graduating from Sachem in 1984 David went on to Cortland where he was a four-year letter winner on the Varsity football team. As a sophomore David was named first team All- ECAC. In 1988 David became Cortlands all-time leading receiver, catching 101 career passes. Davis playing career ended with an undefeated regular season (10-0) and Cortlans first ever bid to the NCAA National Championship playoffs.

My experience at Cortland prepared me to be a physical education teacher and a football coach. I met some of my best friends there and met my wife at Cortland. I was able to grow as a person and as a coach during my time there. I had the good fortune of playing for and coaching with some great men. That experience has a big influence on my coaching philosophy today

In 1989 David began his football coaching career as a volunteer assistant on the varsity, coaching wide receivers. Over the next six years, David continued Coaching football and Cortland becoming an adjunct professor in the physical education department.

That first year coaching varsity receivers just eight months after playing my last collegiate game was a little bit of a shock. I had anticipated coaching tight ends but the situation changed right before camp. I made the best out of what I felt was a great opportunity. Coaching some of my teammates from the season before was a challenge. I set the ground rules early and we had a really successful season. I learned a lot about myself and what coaching college football was all about. I wouldt trade my time spent at Cortland for anything.

David answered the call to return to Sachem in the summer of 1995. That first season he coached the receivers and the defensive ends.

There was an opening on the varsity staff at Sachem and having just completed my master degree in Physical Education I felt that that the time was right. Having spent eleven years at Cortland from 1984-1995. I believed that one chapter of my life had come to an end and it was time to begin another. Having an opportunity to work with Coach Fusaro and the staff at Sachem was a great opportunity and a dream come true

In 1999 Sachem hired David as a physical education teacher. He received his tenure in 2001.

Those first four years (1995-1998) were very difficult. There were substitute teaching and leave replacements positions, five different buildings and a lot of doubt. I had job interviews for other districts, even offers to be their head football coach, but I had a dream one day being the Head Football Coach at Sachem High School and I was not ready to give that up. I also felt that every day with Coach Fusaro and the staff was a learning experience.

On April 8, 2003 the Sachem School Board of Education appointed David for the position of Head Football Coach at Sachem High school.

This (being named head football coach @ Sachem) has been a goal and a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I am grateful for the opportunity and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead. I will bring to the job all of the experiences of coaching college football and all of the lessons learned while coaching along side Fred Fusaro for eight years. Along with my dedicated staff I intend to continue the traditions that have developed Sachem football into a premiere program in Suffolk County.

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