Graphic: Igor Lazarevic
After successfully guiding Spain’s Reus Imperials to the Spanish championship game in 2017 in only their second season in the top league, ultimately losing to the Badalona Dracs in the final, Bart Iaccarino, is returning to his home, Rome, Italy to take over the Lazio Football program which will now include all American football in Rome.
With an extensive resume that is associated with these two teams, but has included stops with the University of Hawaii, and the St. Louis Rams, Iaccarino has now been handed full control of football in Rome with the merger of the Marines and the Roma Grizzlies. This is a huge undertaking but a welcome one according to Iaccarino :
“I am really happy to return to the city that has seen me grow up as a player, coach and man, it’s an honor to take part as head coach and technical director for such an ambitious project that I’m sure will revolutionize Roman football. I am already working to prepare a solid coaching staff that can prepare our players to express the highest potential possible without ever forgetting that the future starts with young people, on whom most of our resources are invested. “
According to the club his all-encompassing role will include:
• Defining the technical philosophy of all teams – from junior teams to seniors – including choosing coaching staffs.
• The development of the youth sector, which in addition to current flag teams, two under 16, two under 19, will expand to three new football schools within Rome
• Heading up the technical team of the Division as HC to ensure maximum commitment and best results. Iaccarino will start full time in September. He will be assisted by a US staff available from January next year.
American football International managed to grab Iaccarino for a few minutes in Mexico City where his is helping prepare the Europe Warriors as they get ready to face one of the most storied college teams in Mexico, the UNAM Pumas this Saturday.
American Football International: You are returning to your roots. What induced you to leave the Reus Imperials after such a successful season?
Bart Iaccarino: I got an offer from the new GM of this attractive project called Lazio Football. I thought was amazing that the best two Roman teams will merge into only one. For me this was a huge opportunity personally…