Joey Mariani joined Bulldog Athletics in the summer of 2007 as an assistant football coach, working primarily with the running backs. In early 2010, he moved into a full-time role as the Director of Football Operations and later was promoted to Defensive Coordinator.
Mariani arrived at Redlands with over 17 years of coaching experience, holding stints at Garey High School in Pomona as head football coach for six years and defensive coordinator for three years. Most recently, he served as the defensive coordinator at his alma mater of Fontana High School. Earlier in his career, Mariani coached the defensive line and linebackers for the legendary Dick Bruich at FHS.
This native of Norristown, Pennsylvania, earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Cal State University San Bernardino. In high school, Mariani helped guide the Steelers of Fontana High School to the 1987 National Football Championship. Currently, he is the only person in Fontana High School history to win a CIF Championship as a player (1987) and as a coach (1989).
Mariani’s life goal is to simply have fun while earning a living. His desire to impact the lives of young people through coaching and teaching makes this an easy goal for him to achieve.
In his spare time, Mariani enjoys bass fishing and hunting. He and his wife, Kristen, have a daughter, Gianna. They make their home in Yucaipa.