Chaminade hires former NFL player as football head coach


Ex-NFL player Tom Claro is returning to his alma mater Chaminade as the head coach of the Catholic high school’s football team.

Claro, a 1992 graduate graduate of Chaminade who was an All-American at Holy Cross and played for several NFL teams, takes over a program that went 1-8 this fall. He has spent the last several seasons as the offensive line coach at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York.

Prior to his time at Stepinac, Claro was a tight ends coach and assistant offensive line coach at Fordham University. Additionally, he worked as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Xavier High School in Manhattan from 2001-2003 and as the offensive line coach at Chaminade from 1997-2001.

“We are excited to start the next chapter of Chaminade football,” Chaminade Athletic Director John Honerkamp said. “I am looking forward to working with Coach Claro and the rest of the team.”

Claro played professionally for the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals, as well as the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe, before switching to coaching. He is an attorney, practicing law in New York.

Located in Mineola, Chaminade is a college preparatory high school for boys. The Flyers are seeking their first league championship since 2012.

Top photo: Tom Claro (Credit: Chaminade High School)

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