After a successful first year with the Tribe, Mario Acitelli enters his second season as W&M’s tight ends and fullbacks coach. Additionally, he assumed the role of video coordinator this summer.
During his initial campaign in Williamsburg, Acitelli helped standout fullback Darnell Laws garner second-team all-conference honors. Additionally, despite the loss of senior starting tight end Bo Revell for nearly the entire season due to an injury suffered in the season opener, Acitelli quickly developed the young reserves into valuable contributors.
Acitelli joined the Tribe’s staff in 2014 after serving as a graduate assistant at the University of Texas for the prior three seasons where he assisted on both sides of the ball. In addition to coaching the Longhorns defensive scout team, he assisted with on-field instruction for the offensive line and tight ends.
Prior to working at UT, Acitelli served as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Appalachian State, in 2010. In that role, he coached the defensive scout team and assisted with multiple aspects of the program, including on-field instruction for the offensive line.
A four-year starter and team captain for the Mountaineers, Acitelli was a member of the 2006 and 2007 National Championship teams. Additionally, he won the 2009 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is awarded to the Southern Conference’s top offensive lineman, and played all 72 snaps in the team’s upset win at No. 5 Michigan in 2007.
Acitelli earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Appalachian State in 2010 and a master’s degree in advertising from Texas in 2013.
Acitelli is married to the former Sara Cline. The couple resides in Williamsburg and has a daughter, Leona Erin Acitelli, who was born in April.