Ciaramitaro resigns as North Delta head football coach
By Myra Bean
South Panola is not the only program in the county looking for a new head football coach.
North Delta’s Brandon Ciaramitaro tendered his resignation at the conclusion of the football season, much to the shock of the administration, team and school.
“I am at peace with it,” Ciaramitaro said in a Monday morning interview. “Basically, every year I reflect and take an assessment of where I am in life and pray a lot. I seek God’s will in my life. Every year, I have felt at peace at returning. This year, I didn’t. Again this is from many, many hours of prayer and consideration.
“My wife and I decided it was time to move on,” he added. “I wanted to resign early so the school would have the best opportunity to find the best choice of coach and also to weigh my options.”
Ciaramitaro was head coach of the Green Wave from 2012 until this past season. Before that he served three years as an assistant coach. He was a student player at North Delta and went on to sign and play college football.
While a head coach, he maintained the junior high and varsity football programs and developed players into All-State and All-Star athletes.
He was the MAIS All-Star coach in 2015. His teams made the playoffs all but one year (2013). Two of the teams made semi-final appearances, 2010 and 2012.
He coached MAIS District 1-AA champions as assistant and head coach from 2009-2012. He was named the 2012 District 1-AA coach of the year.
Also in that 2009-2012 year he coach the district Most Valuable Lineman and multiple All-District players.
Ciaramitaro has not committed to any other job or career path at this time. He is taking a little time to rest.
“I am kind of up for whatever now,” he said. “I have several opportunities and only a couple are football. I haven’t really shaken any trees yet.”
The option of not doing anything with football is also on his table and he is okay with that.
“Again, if the Lord, leads me somewhere else that is what I will do,” he said.
Ciaramitaro, 30, would not trade his experience at North Delta for anything. He reflected on the relationships he has built with the players throughout the years and their families.
“Every kid’s that come through my program has been a blessing to me,” he said. “I do have a passion for coaching but it’s not what drives me. It’s been all good.”
Anyone who speaks to Ciaramitaro can tell this is an emotional subject to him, but the peace about his decision is also evident. He is taking it in stride and accepting the reality that now coaching changes are a part of reality.
“We live in a world where a coaching change can be a good thing,” he said. “Somebody new will come in with a lot of energy, new system. Kids like change in that regard. We are a society that doesn’t like change but a change in football can be good.”
North Delta athletic director Brad Wilson said a search for a replacement has begun.