FAYETTEVILLE – Fayetteville Christian has selected Nelson Sariano as its new head football coach, replacing Cedrick Stewart, who led the Warriors for one season. Sariano comes to Fayetteville Christian with a military background and hopes to turn around the struggling football program.
A native of Clinton, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Fayetteville State University, Sariano spent eleven years in the United States Marine Corps, which included two tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan. Upon exiting the military, he decided to make Fayetteville his hometown, where he’s been employed by Lockheed Martin and the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department.
His football background includes serving as the defensive coordinator at Westover High School since 2012, and as a head football coach in the Parks and Recreation department.
Sariano, 39, is looking to change the culture at Fayetteville Christian, a program that has only posted one winning season since starting football in 2004. He will be the Warriors seventh head coach in its 15-year history. Beginning in the 2019 school year, Fayetteville Christian will be moving to the NCISAA Division I 8-man football conference.