Tony Piccalo is a new Valley City State assistant football coach, Viking head coach Dennis McCulloch announced Thursday.
Piccalo, a 2002 Valley City State graduate, was Cocoa Beach High School (Fla.)’s head coach for the last nine years. From 1998-2001, Piccalo’s undergraduate years, Piccalo was a Viking student assistant coach.
“I had an outstanding time during my four years at VCSU,” Piccalo said. “We had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and I really grew as a coach. The university and community have been a big part of my life.”
As a full-time assistant at Valley City State, Piccalo’s main focus on the field will be working with the running backs and tight ends. He officially starts Aug. 1.
Piccalo leaves Cocoa Beach with the most wins (46) in school history. His 2012 Minutemen squad went 9-2 in Florida’s very strong Class 4A and set a school record for most wins in a season.
After graduating from Valley City State with a degree in health and physical education, Piccalo worked three years as an assistant coach at Cocoa Beach before taking the head job in 2005. Five of his former players have gone on to play at Valley City State, and two more are committed to play with the Vikings this fall.
Prior to attending Valley City State, Piccalo was an assistant coach from 1992-97 at Cocoa High School, also in Florida.
Piccalo’s wife, Kasey (Kottsick), is a Valley City State graduate and a Mandan, N.D. native. They have an 8-year-old son together, Tony Jr., and Piccalo has a 20-year-old son, Cameron.