Late last summer the Eden/North Collins football program needed a head coach. Mike Sarratori, the longtime Dunkirk High School coach was asked to take the position. “I’m a two minute jog from the school, I’m familiar with the little loop and coached my kids there back in the day,” Sarratori said.
Sarratori lives less then a mile from Eden High School, his kids attended the school and were involved in their athletics programs. So when a vacancy opened up for the football head coaching position, Sarratori threw hit hat in the ring. “I was with the modified last year,” Sarratori said. “ I also assisted with varsity so there’s familiarity with the kids and the remaining staff.”
Sarratori guided the Marauders for 16 seasons before parting ways with the program in 2021. His 2014 squad claimed the school’s first winning season in 20 years. In 2015 the team reached the post-season and in 2016 the program won the Section VI Class B Title at Highmark Stadium and advanced to the NYSPHSAA semifinals.
Needless to say, Sarratori could be the shot in the arm the Raiders have been looking for.
Eden/North Collins finished with a respectable 4-5 overall record last year with the season coming to an end at Medina in the post-season.
The Raiders lose 9 seniors to graduation this year including standout Matthew Sweet.
“I really missed having a purpose. I retired earlier then I should have. I’m excited to see what we can do in Eden. The kids are here, the facilities are here, the little loop is strong and the parental support is always great in Eden. It could be a very exciting time in Eden if we all buy in and get on the same page from the start, I’m looking forward to it” Sarratori said.