Offensive Line Coach
John Rotella is entering his second season as an assistant to head coach Lt. Col. Mark West. Rotella came to West Point from William Paterson University where he served as the offensive coordinator and kicking coach. Prior to that, he coached the running backs, where he mentored four all-conference players, including the first 1,000-yard rusher at WPU in 17 years.
A veteran of almost 30 years on the sidelines for New Jersey high school programs, he started his career at Westwood High School in 1983. After one year at Westwood and one at Midland Park High School, he took his first college job at Ramapo College, where he coached the running backs in the option offense. Rotella became John F. Kennedy High School's offensive coordinator in 1987, and the Knights became the Group 4 State Champions. He then moved to the other side of the ball as the defensive coordinator and helped lead the Knights back to the playoffs four of the next five seasons.
Rotella accepted his first head coaching job at Boonton High School and stayed for five years before leaving to become the head coach at Demarest High School. After a four-year stint at Demarest, he spent the next three years in the state playoffs while at Ramapo High School, winning a championship in 2003.
Rotella was a running back at Ithaca College in the 1978 and 1979 seasons. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University and a Masters in Administration Supervision from Jersey City State College in 1982. Rotella has 2 daughters, Lauren Derasmo and Kaylee Rotella and lives in Ringwood, N.J. with his wife Suesan.