By Matt Noonan
Ryan Verria had a few thoughts on his mind during his initial practice with the Bridgewater State University football team in August of 2018.
His main focus was impressing the coaching staff, as well as a few friends he knew from growing up three miles away from campus. But he was also thinking about how he would tell the rest of his teammates that his father, Joe Verria, was the team’s head coach.
“In the back of my head (while going through our conditioning test) I was thinking about how to bring up the topic that my dad is the coach,” said Verria, who was recently elected one of the team’s captains last month for the upcoming season.