High School Sports

Coral Reef hires Sunset’s Joseph Petisco as new football coach

Joseph Petisco spent the past two seasons revitalizing the football program at his alma mater, Miami Sunset.

Petisco’s taking on the task of giving Coral Reef a lift starting next season.

The Barracudas announced Tuesday that they have tabbed Petisco as their new football coach.

Coral Reef hopes the move will stabilize a program that has had four different coaches in the past four seasons.

"That was one of the biggest topics during my interview is they are looking for someone to invest some years into the program and build it up," Petisco said. "I think Coral Reef is a very unique school and it always intrigued me as an opposing coach."

After a difficult 2-8 season in 2014, Petisco led Sunset to a 10-2 record last season that ended with the Knights winning their second-ever district championship and first playoff game.

Sunset recorded a school-record 10-game winning streak, made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and the district title was its first since 2005.

Petisco, who played for Sunset from 1998 to 2001, takes over Coral Reef squad that went 4-6 last year and missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Petisco will coach in District 15-8A against competition such as Belen, Southwest, Braddock, Ferguson and Varela – all teams that were district rivals of Sunset’s before the Knights moved to Class 7A.

"It’s extremely hard for me to leave Sunset because it’s my school and there are a lot of good people there," Petisco said. "It had to be the right kind of opportunity for me to leave and I think this is it at Coral Reef."