Coaching Staff

HEAD COACH

Adam Behrends

OFFENSIVE LINE COACH, DEFENSIVE LINE COACH, PERFORMANCE COACH

Jon Zames

For the past decade, Jon has privately trained high level high school, college and professional athletes. In addition to training the Staples football team, he is responsible for training the Staples lacrosse and baseball teams. Prior to becoming a coach, Jon had a career in finance. He graduated from Columbia College and from Harvard Business School. Jon resides in Westport with his wife Karen and their two sons, Justin and Jared. He is on the PAL football and lacrosse Boards and coaches football, lacrosse and basketball.

DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH

Ryan Connors

Ryan is entering his first year as defensive backs coach at Staples. He is a 2015 Staples graduate that played three years Varsity as defensive back and linebacker. Ryan has previously volunteered in the PAL football and basketball programs, and with the Westport Challenger baseball program. He is currently attending Norwalk Community College, and resides in Westport, CT.

FRESHMAN HEAD COACH

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson was a two sport athlete at Trumbull High School where he participated on the Football and Lacrosse team and was named All FCIAC for both sports. Anderson continued his playing career at the University of New Haven where he competed on the Men's Lacrosse team. He also continued his football career playing Semi Professionally out of New Haven until 2015. Anderson began his coaching career in the spring of 2005 when he went back to Trumbull High and helped bring Trumbull to a Division II State Championship. He later went on the be an assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at ND-West Haven for 7 years. Anderson has also coached girls soccer and boys basketball through the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for the past twelve years totaling over 35 seasons. In addition to coaching the Freshman Football team, he is currently the Head JV Boys Lacrosse coach at Staples High School and is coaching youth football Basketball and Lacrosse with Westport Pal. Steve is also the grade director of the 2026 eclipse lacrosse club.

FRESHMAN DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

Ron Clarke

Ron Clarke joined the Staples football staff this year as an assistant coach for the freshman football team. Ron has been a youth sports coach in Westport for more than 15 years including youth football for nearly a decade and has coached almost all the current players on the Staples Varsity team during this time. The former college baseball player has coached baseball as well and has served on the Board for Westport Youth Baseball as well as serving in a variety of roles for the Gridiron Club and the Staples Matmen.

A.T.C., L.A.T. - HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER

Gaetana Deiso

“G” is certified with the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and is licensed through the state of Connecticut. She graduated from Springfield College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a minor in Nutrition. She begins her 15th year as Head Athletic Trainer at Staples. Prior to Staples, she worked 5 years as Head Athletic Trainer at Greens Farms Academy and at Moore Center for Rehabilitation. She also worked with Fairfield University’s football and rugby teams from 1999 to 2002. In the summer of 2002, she worked at Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning in Boston, where she trained many professional athletes and Olympic athletes. She was also on the CATA Secondary School Committee from 2007-2012. "G" is a Certified Functional Strength Coach and a TFW (Training For Warriors) Certified Coach. She is the owner of Body Blast Sports Performance. She lives in Trumbull with her husband, Doug, and daughters, Michaela and Gabriella.

A.T.C., L.A.T. – ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINER

Corey Lamonico

Corey is certified with the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and is licensed through the state of Connecticut. She graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Upon graduation Corey worked for Forme Rehabilitation in New York where she was contracted to Eastchester, Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon, & New Rochelle High Schools. She returned to Connecticut in 2009, worked for Innovative Health & Rehabilitation, and covered New Canaan Youth Football, Staples High School in the winter, and worked in the clinic setting during the spring and summer. She is entering her 8th year as Assistant Athletic Trainer at Staples High School. She is also a Certified Kinesio Taping Practioner. Corey is originally from Hartsdale, New York and currently lives in Bridgeport.

TRAINER INTERN

Cynthia Felizardo

Cynthia Felizardo is entering her senior year as an AT major at SHU. Prior to Staples, she did her clinical hours with SHU Men's Ice Hockey Team, Bunnell High School, and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Cynthia is a part of the SHU Honors Program and will be graduating with her honors minor. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and completes various hours of community service at the local Ronald McDonald House Charities. She also serves as vice president of the Pre- PA club, and secretary of the Student Athletic Training Organization on campus. After graduation, she plans to go on to work in the military setting and become a Physician's Assistant. She is originally from Danbury, CT. Cynthia is excited to work with the Staples athletes and is looking forward to the upcoming season.