BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute announced Wednesday that Derek Landri will be their next football head coach.
Landri is a former NFL player, having been drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2007 and spent seven seasons with them, the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also graduated from Notre Dame, and holds a record for the most field goals blocked in a single game and career.
Landri believes in the importance of commitment, not only in the game of football, but beyond that as well.
“People think, ‘oh, commitment. yeah, he wants guys to come work out and be committed to their sport.’ that’s not it,” Landri said at his introductory press conference. “It’s about commitment to each other, to their brothers, to their teachers, to their families, to their faith, and I think that’s a big difference of what we’re going to do here at Joe’s, from what everyone else does.”
The St. Joe’s football coaching role was previously held by St. Joe’s Class of ’84 alumni Dennis Gilbert, who stepped down from the role due to health reasons back in April. Landri was an assistant under Gilbert last season.