About Anthony J. Trentini


Anthony James Trentini was born in 1929 in Everett, Mass., to Pasquale and Bernice Trentini. Anthony (Tony) graduated from Everett High School in 1947, where he lettered in football and baseball. Tony enlisted in the Army Paratroopers and was stationed at Ft. Bragg with the 82nd Airborne. While at Ft. Bragg, Tony played for and captained the football team and was named to the All-Army Football team in 1951. In 1952, Tony entered Wake Forest College in Wake Forest, NC, on a football scholarship where he lettered all four years and started for three of those years.

Tony turned down an offer to play pro football to become the first football coach at Wake Forest High School. Tony remained at Wake Forest High School until 1963. During summer break, he spent the summers acting as the recreation director for the Town of Wake Forest. Tony went on to become a coach for the Philadelphia Bulldogs of the Continental Football League and the coach at Madison High School in

Madison, New Jersey. While at Madison High School, his team went undefeated, was the highest scoring team in the state and was declared the number one High School Football Division III Program in the nation. Tony was preparing for his seventh season at Temple University as Offensive Line Coach when he passed away suddenly on June 29, 1976.

With Tony’s passing, his friends, ex-players and colleagues felt compelled to recognize Tony with a foundation and scholarship. The Trentini Foundation provides scholarships to students who best exemplify what Tony Trentini taught and lived as a coach, teacher and mentor. These attributes include: the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, athletics and leadership; participation in extracurricular activities; and a strong sense of personal ethics, values and citizenship.