In 1982 Stefanelli was playing for Good Counsel and sitting in the locker room while then-Falcons Coach Tom Hilton delivered a pregame speech. It made Stefanelli want to run through the metaphorical brick wall for Hilton and his teammates. It also made him want to one day stand in Hilton's shoes.
Now the 51-year-old will take the reins from Bob Milloy, Maryland's all-time winningest high school football coach. Milloy announced his retirement on Feb. 15 after spending 50 years on the sideline and winning 405 games. Stefanelli, who graduated from Good Counsel in 1983, has spent the last decade on Milloy's Good Counsel staff. For the last eight years, he has served as the freshman team head coach and recruiting coordinator.
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