Immaculata's Tom Falato steps down

After three seasons as head coach at Immaculata, Tom Falato has decided to step down.  The school announced Falato's resignation in a press release this afternoon, after he met with his team one final time.

The 70-year-old Falato coached the Spartans for three seasons, going 20-13.  His teams made the playoffs all three years, going 3-3 in the postseason.  Immaculata has the longest streak of consecutive playoff berths in Central Jersey, with 31.  They last missed the playoffs in 1997.

In 2015, Falato restored Immaculata to its winning ways after a 3-8 campaign in 2014 under John Hack.  It was the first losing season for the Somerville school since 1977.

Overall, Falato is 94-49 in 14 seasons as a head coach.  He was the head man at Ridge for 11 seasons, going 74-36, and leading the Red Devils to a state title in 2003.

Falato says he stepped down "to control my time a little more."  He has four grandchildren, and is looking forward to spending more time with them.  "(The kids on my team) don't believe it, but I told them 'I'm not 25 anymore.'"

"The people at Immaculata have been very good to me," said Falato.

"lmmaculata has a long tradition of excellence in its football program," Athletic Director Tom Gambino said in the press release.  "Coach Falato was a part of Spartan football as an assistant coach and, most recently, head coach.  His passion for lmmaculata football, which he shared with his peers, players and coaches, has deeply enriched this tradition."

Falato, however, would not call this a retirement.  While he says he has nothing lined up at the moment, he says if the right opportunity came around to be an assistant in a program "with integrity" - without the myriad responsibilities of a head coach - he'd consider it.