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Anderson names new head coach PHOTOS

  • Longtime Anderson teacher and veteran coach Frank Vilardi will head up the Titans' football program this fall.
  • Anderson is 30-21 in its last five seasons, having made three consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-11, including a trip to the regional finals against Inkster in 2009. News-Herald file photo
  • Anderson reached the regional final game in 2009 and took on Inkster, which was led by future U-M quarterback Devin Gardner (7). News-Herald file photo
  • Under Derek McLaughlin, Anderson was 30-21 in five seasons and made three consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-11. News-Herald file photo
  • Anderson is 30-21 in its last five seasons, having made three consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-11, including a trip to the regional finals against Inkster in 2009. News-Herald file photo
  • Anderson is 30-21 in its last five seasons, having made three consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-11, including a trip to the regional finals against Inkster in 2009. News-Herald file photo
A new football coach has been selected at Anderson and it’s a face already familiar to many of those in the Titans’ family.

On the sidelines this fall will be Frank Vilardi, who served as an assistant last year under Coach Derek McLaughlin and has been a teacher at the school for about 19 years.

Vilardi spent several years as Anderson’s head wrestling coach and during that time earned a 199-58 overall record. He guided the burgundy and silver grapplers to three Mega Conference Red championships, five district titles and he produced 10 Academic All-State teams during that time.

In addition to football and wrestling, he has also spent time coaching track and field, cross country and softball.

“We are excited and proud to have a quality person, educator and coach leading our football program at Southgate Anderson,” said Anderson Athletic Director David Pinkowski in a written statement.

A new Titans’ football coach was needed after McLaughlin accepted an offer from Riverview earlier this year to head up its football program.

McLaughlin was at the helm for five years and finished with a 30-21 record in Southgate, having made three consecutive playoff appearances from 2009-11, including a trip to the regional finals in 2009.

Vilardi said he’s anticipating his shot to lead the program and he’ll do so with much of the same gridiron staff he and McLaughlin worked with last year, as well as a notable addition.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to be the head varsity football coach at Southgate Anderson,” he said. “We’ve been able to keep our assistant coaching staff intact and have the good fortune of adding Larry Sakalas to the varsity level, as well.” Sakalas is also the girls’ varsity basketball coach.

The 2014 football season gets underway for Vilardi and his new team with a home against Lincoln Park on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Last season’s Anderson team finished up with a 4-5 record, which left the squad tied with Trenton and Woodhaven for third place in the Downriver League.

Last Updated: 5/12/2014 11:07:56 PM EST

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