Catching up with coach and owner Coach Mike Pina Sr: Life in Brockton, College football and coaching
Recently, QB Velocity had the privilege to interview Coach and co owner Coach Mike Pina Sr! He talks about his early life in sports, why he started coaching and advice for upcoming athletes.
Coach Pina Sr. as been a coach for many years and has experience from youth , high school and college football. He has been a referee for a long time as well at multiple levels.
He is currently serving as the Quarterbacks coach for Raymond high school.
Talk about what it was like growing up in Brockton?
We grew up on the East side of Brockton in the 70s and 80s and it was a fantastic experience! There was always neighborhood kids to play with , we played sports year round and always had something to do. The city had so much pride for our football team everyone went to the games, as a young boy it was your dream just to be able to wear that black and red uniform and run out on the field to 10,0000 fans!!
We also had our home grown Middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Nobody ever missed one of his fights in the 80s. The city shut down in 81 when he won the title, still one of my favorite memories when my mother got me out of school to welcome him back at city hall with about 15,000 other Brocktonions. I got to personally meet him in 83 and of course he was Champion of the world while we were winning back to back Super bowls in 84 and 85, it was fun times.
What sports did you play growing up?
I played baseball, football and floor hockey.
How was your experience at Brockton High?
It was an incredible time to be a football player going to the High school living in that city! I wasn't the greatest student and if it wasn't for football I may not have even made it through High school. I was lucky enough to have played for a Coach that made it clear the importance of being part of a team and what it meant to be a part of a Brockton High school football team!! But also while I had the opportunity to play for this great team and by being part of this team it helped me get my education,
I also had my biggest disappointment as I never had the opportunity to be the starting quarterback, which was part of my dream living in the City. I did however do anything and everything to get on the field, I played on all the special teams, I worked my way in as a nickel back on defense, played wide receiver whenever they needed me and even got a sack my junior year as a linebacker! So now looking back I believe this could have been the best training I could have got to be a good Coach.
How was it playing football at UMass Dartmouth?
It was a very different experience than playing in High school. I was a young freshman coming in at age 17 my roommates, who were on the team, were 23 & 24, at times I just felt like someone's little brother playing with the older kids! I still got to start at Free safety and had some fun games and as a D3 program they did a good job of helping all the student athletes succeed.
What made you get into coaching?
I actually first started coaching little league baseball at age 15 with my old Coach Paul Wilgoren . He taught me so much about communicating with the players and the importance of giving back to the games you love through coaching, teaching and just being there for your players.