Dear Members of the Archmere Community,
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my fellow classmate and long-time Archmere coach and mentor, Jerry Ambrogi ’76. He passed away last night at his home in Glen Mills, PA.
Jerry’s affection for and goodness to Archmere is legendary. He arrived as a student in the fall of 1972 and in many ways never left the Academy. Jerry was a three season athlete playing basketball, track & field, and football. During his senior year, he was captain of both the basketball and track teams, and was awarded All Catholic Honors in all three sports. At graduation, Jerry received the Archmere Men's Athletics Medal. In 1983, Jerry returned to Archmere to coach basketball and track & field, but most notably he dedicated his time and talent to the football program. He was named head football coach in 2001.
In 2008, when he was named Alumnus of the Year, he was asked if he would ever retire. Jerry said, “I will. I just do not know when. My problem is that each year I say it will be my last and then I introduce myself to the next generation of Archmere students, I fall in love with them, and they keep pulling me back in the mix for yet another year.” Jerry had a simple philosophy of finding opportunities to make a difference in the lives of children.
Jerry and his wife, Kristy's most crowning achievement is their three children – Jessica ’04, Christopher ’11 and Michael ’11. Please keep them and all of the Ambrogi family in your prayers. As we learn more details of the funeral arrangements for Jerry, we will keep you informed.
Michael Marinelli, Ed.D. '76