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Career of William Paterson’s Versatile Star, Anthony DiMarsico, Coming to an End

Anthony DiMarsico (Photo by Catalina Fragoso - Double G Media)

Anthony DiMarsico (Photo by Catalina Fragoso – Double G Media)


William Paterson University Pioneers senior wide receiver, Anthony DiMarsico, wears the number 1 jersey and holds numerous team records including most touchdowns, yardage, all-purpose yards, scoring and passing touchdowns, however, that is not the most important thing DiMarsico says.

“It’s always good and not looking at the stats line and like to be more of a perfectionist and work to be the best I do and if I’m not number one on the rankings I’m just lucky to be in spot I’m in,” he said.

This season, DiMarsico leads the Pioneers in receiving with 36 catches for 527 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, he passed for 1,155 yards and rushed for 418 yards. Named to the NJAC all-first team in 2014, DiMarsico also started the first 16 of 19 games, catching 46 passes for 792 yards and none touchdowns.

William Paterson is enduring another difficult season with a 2-6 record (1-6 NJAC), but DiMarsico is harping on the positives and serving as a mentor to the underclassmen.

“Not obviously the way we wanted to go but we’re pushing and working hard and have three games left and trying to win them and end the season right,” he said. “We have been through a lot of tough games this year and I have told them keep your head up and stick together because a lot of people check out and stop playing. We have a good fan base and my family brings a lot as well.”

On the impact head coach Jerry Flora has made, DiMarsico said, “He does a lot for the team and more than people see behind closed doors and has the hardest position. He is supporting everyone one of us even if the season doesn’t go the right way.”

DiMarsico transferred from Lackawanna College to William Paterson and the adjustment was tough.

“You go from playing at a junior college and two players are in the NFL right now. It’s definitely more competitive from what I saw over there and a lot of things I learned, I have brought over and teaching younger kids.”

Anthony DiMarsico (Photo by Catalina Fragoso - Double G Media)

Anthony DiMarsico (Photo by Catalina Fragoso – Double G Media)

Majoring in sports management, DiMarsico’s vision is to stay in the field because that is what he knows best. “Whatever lies in my way when I get out of here I will definitely take advantage of it and have coached football before the first I have to graduate.”

Hailing from Stony Point, New York, DiMarsico earned all-county and sectional honors in his junior and senior year at Suffern High School. During his junior year he rushed for 800 yards, had 300 receiving yards and passed for 715 yards and ten touchdowns. In his senior year, DiMarsico registered 17 touchdowns. He also lettered in baseball and basketball, earning all-league and sectional honors.

“I miss high school and one of the best times of my life,” he explained. “Playing three sports and tell everyone to do as well as my little brothers’ and cousins and just don’t stick to one sports because it’s not good and plays a role on your body doing the same motions every day. I think playing three sports at the end of the day will make you a better athlete.”

This Saturday at 1:00 p.m. the Pioneers will play their final home game of the 2016 regular season against Christopher Newport University. It will also mark the final home game for DiMarsico as well as nine other seniors at Wightman Stadium in Wayne, New Jersey.

“It definitely has gone quickly and something I’m going to miss and don’t want to think about because it’s every emotional,” the senior explained. “It’s probably not going to hit me until that Monday we show up and there is no practice, no meetings and realize it’s done but we’re going to go out on a high note. I have made a lot of friendships the past three years especially with Malcolm Robinson, Nick Freeman and Russell Fallacara. Being together past two or three years these are the guys I work out with and train over the summer with.”

Talking about his friendship with Robinson who is second on the team in receiving with 35 catches for 480 yards and six touchdowns, DiMarsico said, “It’s like having a brother on the other side of the ball and we both play the same spot. He is always helping me when I’m not in the play and constantly learning new things and someone who knows the game of football.”

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Sunil Sunder Raj

Since July of 2014 Sunil Sunder Raj has been with In The Zone. Sunil has experience covering minor league baseball, high school and college sports. A beat writer for the Rockland Boulders for six years, Ramapo College men’s basketball for four years, NJIT men’s basketball and Seton Hall women’s basketball. Now focusing on feature articles about athletes, coaches and sports media professionals. A graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
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