Mr. and Mrs. Awesome Coach: Trifones together in FCIAC HOF
Marj Trifone’s honored night was lots like what’s kept her going through 20 and more years of coaching, and what just makes life worthwhile.
“It was really fun,” said Darien High girls’ swim/dive coach Trifone, who was made a member of the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Hall of Fame on June 15.
And, it was a lot like being at home.
“It was fun that we both got it,” she said, the Mrs. joining her Mr., Rob, to make county HOF bookends of the honors.
“A lot of people were talking about it, because there are not a lot of husband and wife couples that get that,” Marj Trifone said. “Very busy in the fall. No one’s home. Very busy.”
“Marj and I are humbled by the FCIAC Hall of Fame selection that we have now both received,” said Darien football coach Rob Trifone. “When I was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 as part of my speech I said ‘I am probably the only coach who has been inducted into the Hall of Fame whose wife has more state championships than him!’”
Rob Trifone has constructed the present premier football team in the state in the two-time Class LL champion, and seemingly eternal Turkey Bowl repeat champ, Wave.
But what’s Mrs. done to deserve this?
Mr. is right. Plenty.
The essentials noted by the FCIAC follow:
Marj Trifone has been a dedicated swim coach since 1985, starting as the head coach at the Middlesex Swim Club during summers where she continues to coach.
She became the girls' coach at DHS in 1999 after coaching in near by towns.
Over the past 18 years she has achieved great things at Darien being named FCIAC Coach of the Year three times and Connecticut High School Coach of the Year twice.
Her swim teams have been FCIAC Division Champions an astounding 14 times and FCIAC Champions three times.
Trifone has also led her teams to victory in the State Championships 15 times with undefeated streaks from 2000-2007 and 2011-2016. Her teams have also been State Open Champions three times.
“I just think that, all the coaches, all my colleagues at DHS; I've learned a lot from (them) over the years,” said Marj. “And there are all the FCIAC swim coaches that I’ve learned a lot from; and of course there’s all the talent and hard work and community support in Darien.”
She has been coaching high school for 22 years in all, swimming for the Blue Wave herself, graduating in 1981.
“I think that we’re supportive of each other,” said Marj of how it works in the co-coaching household. “And because we’re both coaches we understand the demands of it. And, you take it home. You definitely take it home.”
Double HOF entry is unique. But they had already made it to the winner’s circle together, and that marks a gilded place on the Trifone title mantel.
“It was one of those things,” Marj said. “I wanted to win the state championship when he won the state championship. I just wanted to do it at the same time also.”
“I am so proud of my wife," added Rob. "As not only is she an incredible coach, but she cares about each and every one of her swimmers and constantly teaches them lifelong lessons along the way.”