Tavernaro is a longtime member of the Kansas City football community going back to his days as a player at De LaSalle High School where he graduated in 1960.
After graduating from the University of Central Missouri he began his coaching career 1966 as an assistant at Southwest High School. From there he was named the head coach at Grandview in 1969 where he was the head coach at Grandview for 10 seasons. During that time his teams won five conference championships.
In 1979 he moved to Bishop Miege where he led the Stags for five seasons. In that time his teams won three league titles, two district championships and finished second in the state in 1982.
In the last three decades Tavernaro has been the head coach for the Kansas City Marine Corps Football team and been an assistant coach at Blue Valley North, Shawnee Mission Northwest, Raytown South, Blue Springs, Raytown and Bishop Miege where he is currently on staff. During his time as an assistant his teams have won four state titles and numerous league and district championships.
During his career he has earned four conference coach of the year awards, been a head coach and assistant coach in several all-star games. Tavernaro has been a coach for 46 years and been a part of 38 teams that finished with a winning season.
He passed away in 2019.