Michael Marino was born on December 2, 1950; a native Staten Islander. As a child he attended Our Lady Queen of Peace Grammar School and upon graduation he enrolled in Monsignor Farrell High School in the fall of 1964. As a student, Mike immediately gave an indication as to the type of person he would become; someone who is caring and involved. He participated in all aspects of student life; student government, clubs, and athletics. Mike was a member of both the baseball and football programs. It was on the Football field where he really established himself; being selected a Staten Island Advance and New York Daily News All-Star following his senior season.
After Farrell, Mike enrolled at Brown University, where once again he set the bar high and met those expectations. As a member of the Brown football program, Mike was a four year starter and was selected as All-Ivy Honorable Mention. He graduated from Brown in 1972 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. When he came back to Staten Island, he immediately got involved in the community: starting as assistant football coach at Susan Wagner High School and working at a Child Care Worker at St. Michael’s Home. Along the way he found time to go back to school and get his NYC Teaching Certification from Richmond College. He moved into the education field as a Special Education Teacher for the NYC Board of Education from 1973 – 1977. In 1977 Mike worked at St. Mary’s School, teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade mathematics. He also went back to school and received his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Kean College. It was also at this time that Mike came “home” for the first time; serving as the head football coach of the Monsignor Farrell Junior Varsity team.
In 1978, Michael found his calling. He resigned his teaching and coaching positions and decided to return to school to become a Physical Therapist. After finishing his pre-requisites he enrolled in and graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s in Physical Therapy. Of course he graduated with honors. While working at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, he met Cheryl Hahn and they were married June 19, 1983.
It was at this time that Michael and Cheryl started their private practice and once again Mike came home. Both Mike and Cheryl, along with Dr. Joseph Suarez decided that they were going to do something that had not been seen on Staten Island before: they would supply medical coverage to all levels of football games. Not only did they supply the coverage to Farrell, they also reached out to other schools on Staten Island; Port Richmond and St. Joseph by-the-Sea. When they said they were going to supply coverage they meant they were going to be there. Every Saturday and Sunday you would see Mike walking down the driveway with his equipment and he would be right there on the sidelines.
Besides supplying the on field coverage, they also extended themselves to the athletes and their families, many times squeezing in the athletes for therapy or a test to see if they could return to play. To Mike and Cheryl the men of Farrell were family. Their outreach to the community was not just to the men of Farrell: in 1983 they established a program to train high school students to serve as student trainers at their respective schools. This program extended to all of the schools on Staten Island.
Mike and Cheryl continue to serve the Staten Island community at their private practice which has been on Richmond Avenue since its opening.