Boys Varsity Football · Matt Gray named Mentor Head Football Coach

New Head Football Coach Selected for Mentor High School

Current assistant head coach and Mentor High School teacher Matt Gray will assume the head coaching role, pending official board approval  


January 2, 2020 — Mentor Schools is pleased to announce Matt Gray, Mentor High School’s assistant head football coach, will be promoted into the head coach position, pending official board approval. Coach Gray replaces Coach Steve Trivisonno, who chose to retire after 23 outstanding seasons with the Cardinals. Though the football season officially begins on August 1, Coach Gray plans to begin right away with off-season duties.


Mr. Gray has been a dedicated member of the Mentor Schools team since 2012, serving as both an intervention specialist and assistant football coach during his time in the district. He is an enthusiastic educator and has demonstrated great professionalism with students, staff and parents/guardians, both in the classroom and on the field. His knowledge of the successfully-run program and our school community will be invaluable as he begins in this new role.


“Coach Gray’s passion and energy for football and his focus on developing our student athletes as people make him the ideal fit for our program, school and community,” said Mentor High School Principal Jason Crowe. “Having the opportunity to interview a variety of experienced candidates, we are confident we found the best coach and person to lead our football program in Matt Gray.”


Mr. Gray earned his teaching degree in special education from the University of Dayton, where he also played football. He completed his Master’s in educational administration at Ashland University. Prior to teaching and coaching in Mentor, Mr. Gray served in those same roles in Willoughby-Eastlake Schools at Willoughby South.


“I am excited and honored to have this new opportunity to serve our community through the Mentor Football program,” Coach Gray said. “We have a strong, committed coaching staff in Mentor, and I look forward to continue working together to teach not only lessons of football, but important life lessons to the student-athletes who work hard to play for our team.”


On a personal note, Coach Gray is a newlywed! And, he and his wife, Sarah, have chosen Mentor for their home.
We hope you will join us in wishing Coach Gray and the Cardinals the best of luck for the 2020 season. For additional information or to set up an interview, please contact Jeff Cassella, Mentor High School Athletic Director, at (440) 974-5304 or or Kristen Kirby, Director of Community Relations, at (440)796-9996 or