Our Staff

Leo Ciappina
Director of Game Operations

Leo Ciappina has been the Head Football Coach at Saddle Brook High School for the past six years and has turned the program around into one of the most successful in Bergen County. The Falcons under Coach Ciappina have won three consecutive NJIC Division Championships by winning the title outright in 2011 and earning Co-Championships in 2010 and 2012. Following the championship seasons in 2010 and 2011 Coach Ciappina was selected by his peers as the Meadowlands Division Coach of the year. The Falcons made an impressive return to the playoffs the past three seasons, losing in the first round in 2010 and then reaching the second round in 2011 and 2012 where they lost to the eventual North 1 Group 1 champions. The success he’s had building his program earned him the Bergen County Coach of the Year award in 2011 followed by the Bergen County Team of the year award for Group 1/11 in 2012. In his coaching career, Ciappina has coached high caliber student-athletes who currently play at all levels of college football and at the professional level including Steve Longa of Rutgers University, Steve Beauharnais of the New England Patriots and Steve Maneri of the Chicago Bears.

In addition to his coaching duties, Ciappina works as a Physical Education Teacher at Saddle Brook High School the past seven years. He is continuing his education at Fairleigh Dickinson University working to earn a Masters Degree in Sports Administration.  Coach Ciappina now proudly wants to continue to restore the tradition of the all-star football game back to Bergen County with his role as the game director. Coach Ciappina was a former player in the Bergen County all-star game in 2002. In that game, Coach Ciappina played with and against several current professional players, including Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys, Blake Costanzo of the Chicago Bears, and Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs.  He believes the Bergen County Football All Star Game was a strong tradition and will give these seniors one last time to play high school football.