Anthony Antonellis, a 2015 Wesleyan graduate, returns to the Cardinals in 2017 as assistant defensive backs coach in his second season coaching. Last year, Antonellis coached the tight ends as the Cardinals posted a 6-2 record and claimed the Little Three Championship. He also coached First Team All-NESCAC selection Ben Kurtz ’16, a tight end and 2016 team captain.
Antonellis played defensive back at Wesleyan for four years, which included a NESCAC Championship and Little Three title during his junior season in 2013. As a senior, the Cardinals finished 7-1 for the second year in a row.
Antonellis was the recipient of the 2014 Fall NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Award for his dedication to respect for teammates, coaches, and opponents. He was also selected to the 2014 NESCAC All-Academic Team. During his time at Wesleyan, he served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity. He graduated Wesleyan with a degree in Economics.
Antonellis was born in Norfolk, Va. and grew up outside of Boston in Westwood, Mass. When not coaching football, he loves to ski in N.H. and Colorado, and spend time on Cape Cod. He spent a year at EMC Corporation (Hopkinton, Mass.) as a sales representative before joining the Wesleyan football coaching staff, and looks to enter law school after completing his Masters at Wesleyan this year.