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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Rob DiLoreto makes a return as Arlington football coach

The Arlington High football program is turning back the clock.

Rob DiLoreto has been hired for his second stint as head coach after previously guiding the team from 2002-04. The decision was unanimously approved by the search committee.

“I’m excited to return as the head coach,” said DiLoreto, who is the school’s dean of students.

DiLoreto has also served as Arlington’s athletic director from 2000-06, in addition to an one year on an interim basis (2012-13).

“I made a presentation about continuing to instill a sense of family and commitment in the program and it’s a privilege to be able to coach where I educate,” he said.

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DiLoreto was the head coach at Pope John from 1994-99 and has served as an assistant at Austin Prep, Malden Catholic, Reading, and most recently, Everett. He has been part of four championship teams, including one in 1998 as a head coach at Pope John.

“We couldn’t be more excited,” said Arlington athletic director Stanley Vieira.

“He’s coached for many years, won Super Bowls, and he knows our student body. He brings accountability and is going to bring more numbers to our program.”

During the search process, candidates presented their philosophies and coaching ideas to the committee.

A pair of graduating seniors, Skylar Mills and Peter Roche, told Vieira they wished they could play one more season with DiLoreto.

DiLoreto replaces Ryan Gendron, who was 20-24 in four seasons, including 5-6 last fall.


Dan Shulman can be reached at dan.shulman@globe.com.