Shore Coaches Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame welcomed its first inductee in 2008, which, of course, was legendary former Brick coach Warren Wolf, who is the state’s all-time wins leader with a career record of 361-122-11 in 51 seasons along with 25 division titles and six state championships.

Warren Wolf

Wolf formerly coached the Brick Township High School football team in Brick Township, New Jersey, where he achieved a career record of 361-122-11. Wolf has the most wins of any coach in the history of high school football in New Jersey. As of the start of the 2006 football season, he ranked fourth in the nation of coaches by number of seasons coached and holds the New Jersey record for most years as a football coach.

Wolf began his coaching career in 1958 and since that time he has had just three losing seasons. In his 49 seasons at Brick, he has won or shared 24 Shore Conference divisional championships as well 13 state sectional titles (seven of which were awarded before playoffs were instituted).

On December 1, 2008, Wolf officially retired as the head coach of Brick Township High School after 51 seasons.

On January 25, 2010 after one year away from coaching, Wolf was named head coach of Lakewood High School. Wolf will be looking to resurrect what has been one of the worst teams in the Shore Conference for the last decade. Lakewood sits just to the west of Brick, and the two high schools are a few miles apart. The schools used to share a healthy football rivalry, but haven't played each other since Brick defeated Lakewood 65–6 in 2003. The schools are not scheduled to play each other in the 2010 regular season.

Wolf has also been involved in local and state government, serving as the Mayor of Brick Township from 1971 to 1975; a member of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1975 to 1981; a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1981 to 1983; and a Brick Township Council member from 1982 to 1993.

In 2008, Wolf was elected to the New Jersey Sports Writers Association (NJSWA) Hall of Fame.

2009 Hall of Fame Inductees
Al Saner

Al Saner, who has the field named after him at Point Boro, coached the Panthers from the year of the program’s inception in 1964 until his retirement in 1993 except for a two-year hiatus to coach at Kean University. He finished with a career record of 154-81-9, leading Point Boro to NJSIAA South Jersey Group II titles in 1977 and 1978 as well as 11 division titles.

William “Butch” Bruno

William “Butch” Bruno will be posthumously inducted after a career as a legendary athlete and coach at Asbury Park. Bruno’s teams went 114-50-13 during his tenure, which lasted from 1946-66. His 1953 team finished undefeated, and the Blue Bishops were awarded NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV titles in 1948, 1953 and 1954, as the state playoff format was not created until 1974. Bruno, who is the father of current Brick Memorial athletic director Bill Bruno and current Howell athletic director Pete Bruno, also is the only Asbury Park athlete in school history to earn four varsity letters for four years in a row, and he also is a member of the NJSIAA Hall of Fame.

Amedeo “Army” Ippolito

Amedeo “Army” Ippolito and his Green Wave were a rival of Bruno’s Asbury Park squads in the 1950s and 1960s, and Ippolito led Long Branch to Central Jersey Group III titles from 945, 1951, 1955 and 1956. and the Central Jersey Group IV title in 1961. The new turf field at Long Branch has been named after Ippolito. He finished with a career record of 106-62-9 during his tenure, which lasted from 1944-63

Barry Rizzo
Matawan’s Barry Rizzo coached some of the legendary players in Shore Conference history, including Kenny Mandeville and former Dallas Cowboys great Jim Jeffcoat, during his tenure from 1953 to 1980. Rizzo finished with a career record of 147-61-9 and his teams captured four state titles, including the Central Jersey Group IV title in 1975, which was the second year of the current state playoff system. Rizzo’s teams also were awarded state titles by the NJSIAA in 1953 (Central Jersey Group I); 1958 (CJ Group II) and 1973 (CJ Group III). The Huskies also won eight division titles under Rizzo, and Matawan’s home stadium is named after him.

2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
Russ Wright

posthumous inductee, Russ Wrightis the first Shore Conference coach in history to reach the “Century Club” in which he amassed over 100 career victories. Wright coached Lakewood from 1930-1943 and from 1945-1950, finishing his career with a record of 116-59-18 in 20 seasons. His teams won three Shore Conference titles in the era before divisions were created, as the Piners took home the first conference title ever awarded in 1936 as well as championships in 1942 and 1943. In the age before the state playoffs were created in 1974, Wright’s teams also were awarded Central Jersey Group II titles by the NJSIAA in 1932, 1936, 1942 and 1943. Wright was a renowned three-sport coach who also was highly successful in basketball and baseball in addition to football.

Arnie Truex
Also a posthumous inductee, Arnie Truex was another early pioneer in the Shore Conference who coached at Atlantic Highlands High School and Middletown High School. Truex compiled a career record of 136-63-1 between stints at Atlantic Highlands from 1935-1938 and at Middletown from 1939-1959. While at Atlantic Highlands, Truex’s teams went 19-20-1 and won a Shore Conference title in 1937, which was the second conference title ever awarded. The bulk of his success came at Middletown, where his teams won a combined 11 titles in his 21 seasons. Known as Leonardo High School back then, what is now Middletown North won Shore Conference championships in 1940, 1942, 1946, and 1948 and Class A titles in 1952 and 1957 after separate divisions were created. Truex’s teams also took home NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II titles in 1940, 1946, 1948 and 1950 and a Central Jersey Group III title in 1957. Truex was an instrumental figure in getting Shore Conference football started, and his teams went 117-43 during his tenure at Leonardo/Middletown.

Ron Signorino
Sr. became a Shore Conference coaching legend thanks to a pair of stints at Toms River South and a 16-year run as the defensive coordinator under legendary former Brick coach Warren Wolf, who was the first member inducted into the SFCF Hall of Fame in 2008. Signorino grew up in western Pennsylvania and played at Penn State before beginning his coaching career at Toms River High School, which is now Toms River South. Signorino coached at Toms River from 1964-1978 and then came back for a second term from 1997-2000, finishing with a combined record of 109-58-4, including a record of 80-44-4 in his first stint. His “Hitting Indians’’ won Shore Conference Class A titles in 1968, 1976 and 1978, reached the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV final in 1976 and won the South Jersey Group IV title with a 16-6 win over Cherry Hill East in 1978. He also was the head coach in what is referred to as the “Greatest Game Ever Played’’ in the Shore Conference, a 14-8 loss to Middletown on Nov. 15, 1969, in which Toms River entered the game on a 19-game winning streak and ranked No. 1 in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger, and Middletown entered at 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in New Jersey. In 1981, Signorino joined the staff of bitter rival Brick under Wolf and served as the defensive coordinator during a 16-year stint with the Green Dragons, who won NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV titles in 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1989 and a South Jersey Group III title in 1994. Also during that time, Brick won four straight Shore Conference Class A South titles from 1981-84 as well as division championships in 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996. In 1997, Signorino returned as the head coach at Toms River South, finishing 29-14 in his second stint with the Indians and leading them to the Class A South title in 1998 as well as three state playoff appearances, including trips to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III final in 1997 and 1998.

John Amabile

The legendary John Amabile has been a head coach for 48 years, spanning from the 1960s in Jersey City to a one-year stint at Allentown in 2009, and he is most remembered for his highly-successful runs at Wall and Neptune. Amabile grew up in Jersey City and was a first-team All-State quarterback at St. Peter’s Prep before going on to star at Boston College. He began his coaching career in Jersey City in 1961 and came to the Shore Conference as the head coach at Middletown High School in 1970. His teams went 20-22-3 during his time at Middletown before he became the head coach at Wall from 1977-1984 and had an exceptional run. His teams went 55-31-2 during his time at Wall, winning the school’s first NJSIAA state sectional titles ever by capturing consecutive Central Jersey Group III championships in 1982 and 1983. During that time, the Crimson Knights had a 33-game winning streak, which is the third-longest in Shore Conference history. They also won four straight Shore Conference Class B South titles from 1981-1984. Amabile went to Neptune from 1985-2000, piling up a record of 118-43-3 during his time there and winning five division titles and three state titles. The Scarlet Fliers won their first NJSIAA sectional title in school history in 1995 and finished No. 1 in the state after beating Franklin 21-12 in the Central Jersey Group III final. Neptune added a Central Jersey Group II title in 1997 and another Central Jersey Group III crown in 1998, the latter of which is the program’s last state sectional title. Neptune made 11 state playoff appearances in Amabile’s tenure, and its three state sectional titles in program history came under Amabile. The Scarlet Fliers also won five straight Shore Conference Class B North titles from 1994-1998. Amabile then took his coaching acumen, trademark straw hat and fiery demeanor to St. John Vianney, coaching the Lancers from 2003-2008, finishing with a 21-39 record and leading them to the state playoffs in 2006. He then spent 2009 coaching at Allentown, where the Redbirds went 4-6 and tied the school single-season record for wins before he decided to step down after the season. Since coming to the Shore, Amabile has compiled a career record of 218-141-8, joining Brick/Lakewood’s Warren Wolf, the late Vic Kubu of Manasquan and Middletown North fame, Lacey’s Lou Vircillo and Keyport’s Mike Ciccotelli as coaches who have 200 or more career wins that were all amassed while coaching in the Shore Conference.

Tony Graham

Longtime Asbury Park Press staff writer Tony Graham was also inducted, making him the first non-coach honored by the SFCF. Graham has been covering Shore Conference high school football since 1969 after beginning his career on the radio at WJLK. A lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan, Graham used to take his vacation down in Philadelphia and one day inquired if he could cover the team for the Asbury Park Press while he was down there. They obliged and the rest is history. Graham has since covered countless football games and nearly every All-Shore Classic, writing stories about the kids of today years after he wrote stories about their fathers.

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees
Vic Kubu

One of the greatest coaches in New Jersey history, Vic Kubu is one of two posthumous Hall of Fame selections this year. In a head coaching career that spanned from 1975-2006, Kubu finished with a career record of 263-71-5 between his stints at Middletown North and Manasquan. He won a Shore Conference-record 11 NJSIAA sectional titles, including 10 at Manasquan from 1985-2006. In 22 seasons at Manasquan, Kubu’s teams won an amazing 24 titles overall. Kubu starred as a quarterback at Manasquan in the late 1950s and then played at Murray State, where his college roommate was George Fallon, the father of this year’s Monmouth County head coach, Rumson-Fair Haven’s Shane Fallon. Kubu’s first coaching job was as defensive coordinator for SFCF Hall of Famer Warren Wolf at Brick from 1965-74, a stretch in which the Green Dragons won seven division titles and two state titles. At Middletown North, Kubu’s teams won five division titles and captured the 1983 Central Jersey Group IV championship, the school’s first title since the creation of the state playoff system in 1974. Kubu burnished his legend at his alma mater, leading Manasquan to a staggering run of success. In addition to 10 NJSIAA sectional titles out of 13 appearances in the finals, the Warriors also won or shared 14 division titles in his 22 seasons. They made the state playoffs in 14 straight seasons from 1989-2002. From 1990 through 2002, Manasquan either won a division or state title, or both, every single year. The Warriors also have the Shore Conference record for consecutive NJSIAA sectional titles, winning five straight from 1998-2002. The Warriors went 167 straight games without being shut out from 1988-2003 and had a 34-game winning streak from 1998-2000, tied for the second-longest in Shore Conference history. They also had a separate 30-game winning streak from 1990-92. Kubu died from pancreatic cancer in August of 2007, leaving behind an incredible legacy. In his final season in 2006, the Warriors went 12-0, beating every team on their schedule by at least 28 points and finishing No. 1 in the Shore Conference. Many of his former players, including Wall head coach Chris Barnes, former Raritan coach Bob Generelli, and former Manasquan coach Pete Cahill, have gone on to become state championship-winning coaches in their own right.

Harold “Hal’’ Schank

The other posthumous selection among this year’s inductees, Schank had an outstanding run as Freehold Boro’s head coach from 1950-63. Schank finished with a record of 75-38-6, winning five Shore Conference titles and three NJSIAA sectional titles during his tenure. The Colonials had undefeated seasons in 1953 and 1954, and Schank had the best record of any coach in the Shore Conference from 1950-1960. Schank is also a member of the Lakewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame, as he starred in football, basketball and baseball for the Piners, graduating in 1935. He then played quarterback at Rutgers University while also playing basketball for the Scarlet Knights before graduating in 1940. He began his coaching career at Lakewood as an assistant under head coach Russ Wright, who was posthumously inducted into the SFCF Hall of Fame in 2010. Schank also was the boys basketball coach for the Piners before he joined the U.S. military from 1942-45. He then became the football and baseball coach at Freehold, and later served as the athletic director for the Freehold Regional School District after his coaching career.

George Conti Jr

An Ocean Township legend, Conti amassed a career record of 119-48-3 in 17 seasons as head coach with three different programs, and his teams won two NJSIAA sectional titles and five division titles. He went 9-9 in two seasons at Keyport from 1971-72 before he began to make his mark on the Shore Conference while coaching at Asbury Park from 1978-81. He led the Blue Bishops to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II championship in 1980, and his teams went 24-16 during his time at Asbury Park. However, he is most remembered for his tenure at Ocean Township from 1983-93. In 11 seasons with the Spartans, his teams went 86-23-3 with 11 straight winning seasons, eight state playoff appearances, five state sectional final appearances, five division titles, and one state sectional championship. In 1993, the Spartans won the Central Jersey Group III title with Conti’s son, Eddie, starring at quarterback. They finished undefeated and ranked No. 1 in New Jersey by the Associated Press. During his career, he was selected as the Shore Conference Coach of the Year in 1980, 1983 and 1993 and also earned state Coach of the Year honors from the Newark Star-Ledger in 1993. He is already a member of the New Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Shore Conference Hall of Fame, the Ocean Township Hall of Fame, and the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame. Conti played football at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark in the early 1960s and then went on to play at Temple University, where he graduated in 1969. He was an assistant coach for six seasons before getting the head job at Keyport. He retired in 2007 after 37 years in education, most recently serving as a vice principal at Ocean. Conti enjoys spending time with his son and daughter and two grandchildren while continuing to watch Big Red football.

Chip LaBarca Sr.
A Shore Conference luminary from his tenures at Keansburg and Toms River South, LaBarca compiled a career record of 168-81-6 in 27 seasons. His teams won four NJSIAA sectional titles, and his Toms River South squads captured five Shore Conference Class A South championships during his 16 seasons with the Indians. A star halfback at West Side High School in Newark in the early 1950s, LaBarca went on to attend Upsala College before transferring to Newark College of Engineering. He began his coaching career as an assistant at West Side in 1963 before serving as an assistant at Weequahic from 1964-67. His first head coaching job was at Carteret Prep School in West Orange, where his team went 4-3 in 1968. After serving as an assistant at Cedar Ridge from 1969-71, he was Keansburg’s head coach from 1971-81 and led the Titans to one of their most successful stretches in school history. His teams went 59-28-4 and won two state sectional titles. The Titans were awarded the Central Jersey Group I title in 1973 by the NJSIAA, one year before the creation of the current state playoff system. In 1976, the Titans won the Central Jersey Group I title.
LaBarca Sr. cemented his legend while at Toms River South, where his teams went 105-50-2 from 1981-96. The Indians won the South Jersey Group III title in 1983 and 1991 and also reached the sectional finals in 1986 and 1987. LaBarca coached seven all-state players, including his son, Chip LaBarca Jr., who is currently the head coach at Toms River North.

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
Lou Vircillo

The only head coach in Lacey’s program history, Lou Vircillo has carved out an impressive legacy in making the Lions into a perennial Shore Conference power. Vircillo is currently third all-time in Shore Conference history and in the top 25 in New Jersey history with 248 victories, boasting a career record of 248-112-3, including 214-96-3 since he started the Lacey program in 1981. He is one of three active Shore Conference coaches with more than 200 career wins and is 16 victories away from passing late Manasquan and Middletown North legend Vic Kubu for the second-most wins in Shore history behind Brick luminary Warren Wolf. During his time at Lacey, Vircillo has led the Lions to four NJSIAA South Jersey Group III championships, including three undefeated seasons, with teams known for smashmouth running attacks and hard-nosed defense. His four state titles rank third among active Shore Conference head coaches behind fellow Hall of Fame inductee Mike Ciccotelli of Keyport (6) and one of Ciccotelli’s former players, Middletown South head coach Steve Antonucci (5). Lacey went 11-0 in 1989 to win its second straight state championship, and it finished 12-0 in 2006 and 2010. Vircillo also has led the Lions to 12 Shore Conference division titles, including six straight Class B South crowns from 1988-1993. He ranks fourth in Shore Conference history among coaches in total titles between division and state championships. His teams have made 20 state playoff appearances, including 17 during his tenure at Lacey. In 2008, he was inducted into the New Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Vircillo played at Tarkio College in Missouri, graduating in 1969 and then working as an assistant in the football program until 1972. He began his high school coaching career as an assistant at Red Bank Catholic from 1972-74. He followed that by serving as the offensive coordinator at Red Bank Regional on the legendary unbeaten state championship team of 1975 before becoming the Bucs’ head coach from 1976-80. He led Red Bank to a pair of division titles and three state playoff appearances before becoming the inaugural head coach at Lacey in 1981. “Coach Lou’’ has also been an instrumental figure as a trustee and one of the founders of the Shore Football Coaches Foundation, which runs the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic and puts on a yearly Academic All-Shore breakfast for Shore Conference players. He also has three victories as a head coach of the Ocean County squad in the Gridiron Classic, including a 6-3 victory in last year’s game that put him second all time in Classic history behind Wolf, who has five. Vircillo lives in Lacey with his wife, Lorraine, and has four children, all of whom are Lacey graduates.

Mike Ciccotelli

The longest-tenured active coach in the Shore Conference, Keyport’s Mike Ciccotelli has led the Red Raiders to six NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I titles, which is tied for the second-most of any head coach in conference history. He is one of three active Shore Conference coaches with more than 200 career victories and one of only six in conference history. Since taking over at Keyport in 1978, Ciccotelli has compiled a career record of 220-122-3, leading Keyport to Central Jersey Group I championships in 1987, 1988, 1992, 1998, 1999, and 2002. He also has led the Red Raiders to 12 Shore Conference division titles, including three straight from 1987-89. His teams have made 15 state playoff appearances and he has a career playoff record of 21-10. With teams known for their punishing Delaware Wing-T running attack and physical defense, Ciccotelli led the Red Raiders to a school single-season record 11 wins in 1999, 2002 and 2003, including an 11-0 season in 2002. Ciccotelli has also twice served as the Monmouth County head coach in the Gridiron Classic, winning both times. He was an All-County running back/defensive back at A.L. Johnson High School, graduating in 1969 and moving on to be a four-year starter and earning all-conference honors at defensive back at Trenton State College, which is now The College of New Jersey. He took a teaching job at Keyport right out of college and has remained there ever since, retiring from teaching in 2011 but staying on as the head football coach. Ciccotelli is also part of a successful family of high school football coaches. His younger brother Mark is currently the head coach at Neptune and has won three NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III titles in his career between two at Freehold and one in his first season at Neptune. His brother Steve was also the head coach at Scotch Plains-Fanwood in North Jersey for 20 seasons and led the Raiders to a state final in 2003. Ciccotelli has lived in Clark in Union County with his wife, Valerie, for the past 54 years and has three daughters and two grandchildren.

Kevin Williams
A long-time supporter of Shore Conference football and an award-winning radio broadcaster, Kevin Williams is currently in his 33rd year at WOBM radio and is the director of quality control at WOBM and director of the Shore Sports Network. Williams is a nine-time winner of the New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year Award given by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His popular daily commentary “The Hometown View” has been honored four times by the New Jersey Broadcasters Association for “Best Public Service” and airs weekday mornings on both 92.7FM/1160AM. Kevin is in charge of the award-winning team that broadcasts live Shore Conference football and basketball games on the Shore Sports Network, which is made up of WOBM AM 1160/1310 and 105.7 “The Hawk.” As part of that he also co-hosts a Thursday Night High School Football Show in the fall and broadcasts morning sports reports on New Jersey 101.5 and 97.3 ESPN-FM. Those radio broadcasts have become part of the fabric of football season for Shore Conference gridiron fans, players and coaches for three decades. A member of the Central Regional Athletic Hall of Fame, the Jersey Shore Sports Hall of Fame and the Region VI Wrestling Hall of Fame, he has also received the Ocean County College Distinguished Alumni Award and was given an honoree degree from OCC. He has been honored by numerous organizations for his charitable efforts and professional accomplishments, including the Ocean County Girl Scouts, Lions Club International and the Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey. Kevin is a past Chairman of the Toms River-Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and is involved in the Toms River Student Loan Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County, and Beachwood Soccer Club and has helped out with the Beachwood Municipal Alliance.

2013 Hall of Fame
Chuck Donohue Sr.

The best coach in Southern Regional history, Donohue Sr. is one of only three active Shore Conference coaches with more than 200 career victories and one of only six in history. He has a career record of 226-151-4 in 39 years at four different programs and is the first coach in state history to lead four different teams to NJSIAA sectional finals. During his stint at Southern from 1998 to the present, he has a career record of 87-68 and led the Rams to their only NJSIAA sectional final appearance in 2008 and 2012. In 2011, he led Southern to its first division title since 1972 and just the second in program history. Under Donohue, the Rams have made seven of their nine state playoff appearances in school history. In 2008, he led Southern to a school-record 10 wins with a team led by current Penn State linebacker Glenn Carson. The Rams are coming off a 9-3 season in 2012 in which they reached the inaugural South Jersey Group V championship game before falling to undefeated Williamstown. Donohue began his head coaching career at St. Joseph’s-Hammonton, where his teams went 44-20-1 from 1974-80, winning the South Jersey Parochial B title in 1977 and reaching the championship game in 1980. They made four total playoff appearances under Donohue and also won two Cape-Atlantic League division titles. From 1981-85, Donohue was the head coach at Haddon Heights, finishing 26-20-1 in that stint and leading the Garnets to the South Jersey Group II final in 1985. He then became the head coach at Buena from 1986-97, where his teams went 69-43-2, finishing 11-0 and winning the South Jersey Group II title in 1988. The Chiefs also won two Cape-Atlantic League Division titles during Donohue’s tenure and reached the state playoffs five times. Donohue was also inducted into the South

Joe Martucci

The greatest coach in Matawan’s illustrious history, Martucci racked up a career record of 197-91-1 in 27 seasons with the Huskies. His teams won five NJSIAA sectional titles, tied for the third-most of any head coach in Shore Conference history. Matawan also captured nine Shore Conference division titles during Martucci’s tenure. The Huskies finished undefeated in 1988 for the first of Martucci’s five titles, which also included 1991, 1992, 2009 and in his final season in 2011. His 1988 and 2009 teams tied the school record with 11 wins. Also Matawan’s athletic director, Martucci retired from his administrative position in 2012 and is now the running backs coach at Kean University, where he earned a master’s degree in supervision and administration in 1980. Martucci began his 40-year high school coaching career as an assistant at St. John Vianney for one season before serving as an assistant and then the head coach at Matawan for the remainder of his tenure. He is the all-time wins leader at Matawan, having passed his old coach, Barry Rizzo, who was inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame in 2009. In his final season in 2011, the Huskies stunned Rumson-Fair Haven 3-0 to win their second Central Jersey Group II title in three seasons in their third straight appearance in the finals. Martucci’s teams were 5-1 overall in NJSIAA championship games and reached the state playoffs in 18 of his 27 seasons. He also coached several Shore Conference greats, including former NFL players Jay Bellamy and Charlie Rogers. Martucci is a 1968 Matawan graduate who was an all-state linebacker under Rizzo and went on to play linebacker at the University of Connecticut, where he graduated in 1972. He then served as an assistant under Rizzo for 11 seasons before taking over as head coach in 1984. He also is a member of the New Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame

Ron Emmert

Ron Emmertwas the head coach at Southern from 1972-1986 after having previously been an assistant for the Rams for eight years and at Lacey for three seasons. He led Southern to the Shore Conference Class C title in 1972 for the program’s first division title and its only division crown until 2011. He was named the Press of Atlantic City Coach of the Year in 1981. A member of the Southern Regional Athletic Hall of Fame, he also served as a broadcaster for coverage of Shore Conference football on Channel 8 in Ocean County for five years and coached in five Gridiron Classics when it was then known as the All-Shore Classic.

Bob Strangia

Bob Strangia had a tremendous run as the head coach at Red Bank Regional for six years after having served as the head coach at Dickinson and an assistant at Snyder in Jersey City for a total of six seasons. Strangia led the Bucs to three undefeated seasons, including their only NJSIAA sectional title since the creation of the state playoffs in 1974. In 1975, Red Bank beat Hightstown 46-44 in one of the greatest championship games in New Jersey history to win the Central Jersey Group II championship. Red Bank also won the Rutgers Cup in 1971 as a Central Jersey champion, and Strangia earned Coach of the Year honors three times from local media. Strangia also served as a broadcaster for Channel 8 for 11 editions of the All-Shore Classic and worked five state finals for television as well.

George Jeck

George Jeck was the head coach at Toms River East for eight seasons after having been an assistant under the legendary Warren Wolf for 14 years at Brick. He led the Raiders to a share of the Class A South title in 1982 and also led them to their only NJSIAA sectional final appearance in school history when they lost 17-0 to Brick in the South Jersey Group IV championship game in 1981. He also coached in five All-Shore Classics for Ocean County and served as a broadcaster doing Shore Conference football for Channel 8 for 18 years, which included broadcasting five All-Shore Classics.

Ken Turp
Ken Turp promoted Shore Conference football on three radio stations and two local cable stations in Ocean County over the course of 29 years. He was the play-by-play broadcaster for 19 straight All-Shore Classics and did color commentary on the “Game of the Week’’ broadcasts in Ocean County. Turp also had a regular phone-in show on WOBM radio, and served as the play-by-play announcer on the radio for the inaugural North-South All-Star Classic in 1979. He also broadcasted 10 NJSIAA championship games, including two at the former Giants Stadium.

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Bob Generelli

The most successful coach in Raritan High School history, “The General” amassed a career record of 110-49-2 and led his teams to a total of nine championships in 15 years combined between stints at Raritan and Middletown South.
Generelli produced three undefeated teams, including the only 12-0 squad in Raritan history. The Rockets won the program’s only NJSIAA sectional title in history in 2004 when they beat Carteret in Central Jersey Group II behind first-team All-State quarterback Andrew Mandeville. Generelli also had two undefeated seasons at Middletown South in 1990 and 1992, which included finishing ranked No. 1 in the state by the Associated Press in 1992. Generelli is part an illustrious group that includes SFCF Hall of Famers like Vic Kubu, John Amabile, George Conti and Chip LaBarca Sr., who led multiple Shore Conference teams to undefeated seasons. He also coached a pair of future NFL linemen at Middletown South, brothers Christian and Jason Peter, and coached Raritan’s Bennett Jackson, a cornerback who became a captain at Notre Dame and was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants this year. In addition to winning three state titles, Generelli’s teams also reached four other sectional championship games, fashioning an 18-9 record overall in 12 appearances in the state playoffs. He won a combined six division titles, three at Raritan (2004, 2005, 2008) and three straight Class A North crowns with the Eagles from 1990-92. Generelli also coached Monmouth County to victory in the 1992 edition of the Gridiron Classic, which was then known as the All-Shore Classic. In 2008, he was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was inducted into the New Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Generelli starred as an offensive lineman under Kubu, the late legend whose 10 NJSIAA titles are a Shore Conference record, from 1979-81 at Middletown North. He then went on to play at Montclair State, earning All-New Jersey Athletic Conference honors as an offensive guard in 1985. In 1995, he was inducted into the Middletown North Lion Hall of Fame. He also coached a combined four years at the collegiate level – two years under current University of Texas coach Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina, and two years under longtime Monmouth University coach Kevin Callahan. He cites the influence of Brown, Kubu, the late Rich Veth, Fred Hill and Rick Giancola as mentors. Generelli stepped down as coach following the 2009 season to take a vice principal position at Raritan. He lives in Red Bank with his wife of 13 years, Jill, and his children, Robert, 10, and twin daughters Ana and Ava, 8.

Bob Nani
Toms River North was a force in the Shore Conference and statewide from 1989-2004 under the direction of Nani, whose teams won three of the five NJSIAA titles in the Mariners’ program history. Known for explosive offenses and punishing defense, Nani’s teams went 105-55 during his tenure, which also including winning Shore Conference division titles in 1991, 1994, 1995 and 2002. In 1991, the Mariners also won the South Jersey Group IV title, the program’s first state championship since 1979. Nani then led them to a second South Jersey Group IV title in 1994 behind star tailback Aamir Dew to cap a 10-1 season. He entered the rarefied air of Shore Conference coaches with three NJSIAA titles when the Mariners again took home the South Jersey Group IV crown in 1997. Nani was voted the Shore Conference Coach of the Year three times by local media. Of the 14 state playoff appearances in Toms River North history, nine of them came under Nani, who has been a physical education and health teacher in the Toms River regional schools since 1979. Twice he has served as the head coach for Ocean County in the Gridiron Classic, including a win over Monmouth County in 1996. Nani starred at Admiral Farragut Academy, a private military school in Toms River that closed in 1994, from 1970-73, serving as a team captain in 1973. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Admiral Farragut, which currently maintains a campus in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1997. He went on to play at Bethany College in West Virginia from 1973-77, serving as a captain and earning all-conference honors in 1976 and 1977. He began his coaching career as an assistant football coach and the head wrestling coach at Admiral Farragut in 1977, then served as the head wrestling coach and football assistant at Bethany College in 1978. In 1979, he joined the staff as an assistant at Toms River North, which included being a part of the program’s first NJSIAA sectional title in history that same year. From 1983-88, he served as the Mariners’ defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach. Bob lives in Lanoka Harbor with his wife, Rene, and has two children, Ryan, 26, and Rachel, 24. Ryan played for Bob, starring as a defensive lineman at Toms River North in the early 2000s before going on to play at the University of Maine from 2006-10.

Ed Sarluca
A fixture in Shore Conference football for 46 years, Sarluca is one of two inductees from the media because of his contributions to football in this area. “The Coach” has been a radio broadcaster, sideline reporter and host for the Shore Sports Network since 1997, covering countless championship games and other memorable Shore Conference showdowns. He also has served as the public address announcer numerous times for the state championship games played at Rutgers University. Sarluca is the regular sideline reporter for the Shore Sports Network’s weekly radio broadcasts of Shore Conference football games on Friday nights during the fall, and he also is one of the hosts of the weekly Thursday Night Football Show. From 1990 to 1996, he worked for the Adelphia Cable Network broadcasting local wrestling, baseball, basketball and football.
Prior to his career in broadcasting, Sarluca was a long-time coach in the Shore Conference. An Irvington High School graduate, he began his career as the defensive coordinator at Keyport, from 1968-73. He then came down to Ocean County, where he was the defensive coordinator at Toms River North from 1974-78 before going across town and serving the same position on the staff at Toms River East from 1979-88. He finished his coaching career as the defensive coordinator at Brick Memorial from 1989-95. While Sarluca is known as a football guy, he also was the first head baseball coach in Toms River East history from 1979-85. In addition, he has been selected for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame at his college alma mater, the University of Charleston in West Virginia, for his four-year baseball career there. He was named to West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Decade Team for the 1960s. Sarluca lives in Brick with his wife of 41 years, Laura, and is a father of two and a grandfather of four. His son, Ed Sarluca Jr., is a teacher at Brick Memorial who has been the Mustangs’ head boys basketball coach for eight seasons and also has been an assistant on the football staff. His daughter, Maria, is also a physical education and health teacher at Brick Memorial.

Joe Adelizzi
A fixture on the local football media landscape for nearly 40 years, Adelizzi chronicled some of the legendary players and teams in Shore Conference history as an award-winning reporter and sports editor for both the Ocean County Observer and the Asbury Park Press from 1969 to 2008. He also helped spearhead the creation of the inaugural Gridiron Classic, then known as the All-Shore Classic, in 1978 with former Asbury Park Press sports editor Dick Brinster. The annual game is now the oldest continuous high school football all-star game in New Jersey. He began working as a reporter for the Ocean County Observer in December of 1969 and became the sports editor only two years later before being elevated to managing editor of the newspaper in 1973. In 1976, he joined the Asbury Park Press as an assistant sports editor and then became the head sports editor in 1978. During Adelizzi’s tenure as sports editor from 1978 through 1992, the Asbury Park Press sports section won 11 consecutive awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors as a top 10 section in the nation for newspapers with its circulation. Adelizzi served as a regional chairman for the APSE for three years and also was a speaker at the American Press Institute. In addition to serving as editor, he also wrote weekly columns and was one of the regular Shore Conference football prognosticators who predicted scores on a weekly basis. He was twice named the New Jersey Sportswriter of the Year and twice won writing awards from the APSE and New Jersey Press Association. In 1992, he went from editor to columnist and eventually became part of the news team at the Asbury Park Press. Adelizzi graduated from the original Toms River High School, what is now Toms River South, and went on to attend Ocean County College and then St. John’s University before embarking on his journalism career. Some of Adelizzi’s favorite memories of Shore Conference football include Brick beating Camden 21-20 in Atlantic City to win the South Jersey Group IV title in the first year of the newly-created state playoffs in 1974, and coaches Ron Signorino Sr. and Bob Fiocco squaring off in the old “Civil War” showdowns between Toms River North and Toms River South. Adelizzi also relished watching the late Joe Boyd draw plays in the dirt at Central Regoinal, interviewing the late Vic Kubu as he sat on his couch in the coaches’ room at Manasquan, and watching the late John Amabile prowl the sidelines at Wall as he chased the band off the field. Adelizzi is now retired and lives with his wife, Lee, in Toms River. His children, Jacqueline, 31, and Joe Jr., 29, are both Toms River South graduates, and Joe Jr. is a former wrestler for the Indians who is now an assistant coach for the wrestling program.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Mark Costantino

The career wins leader in Shore Regional history and one of the ShoreConference’s winningest active coaches, Costantino has made the Blue Devils a perennial power and one of the best small-school programs in New Jersey. “Coach Coz” helped the Blue Devils add two more championships this past fall. They finished 11-1, repeated as Class B Central champions, and won their first Central Jersey Group I title since 2010 in their third straight trip to the finals. Costantino also is serving as the Monmouth County head coach in this year’s U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic. He has a career record of 153-85-1 since beginning his tenure as head coach in 1992, and has led the Blue Devils to seven division titles, 14 state playoff appearances, seven appearances in the state finals, and state titles in 1997, 2010 and 2014. This is Costantino’s second time as head coach of the Monmouth County squad in the Gridiron Classic, as he led Monmouth to victory in the 1998 game. His teams are known for physical defense and a punishing running game out of the Wing-T, which Shore Regional has employed as an offense since 1976. This past fall, the Blue Devils were the Shore’s stingiest defense, allowing a conference-low 61 points (5.1 ppg) and posting six shutouts. They captured their sixth state title in history with a 42-12 win over South Hunterdon. Costantino started his coaching career in 1987 as an assistant under head coach Bob Rolak after finishing up his collegiate playing career at William Paterson University. He credits Rolak and former Shore head coaches Pete Sciarabba and Nick Cammarano as mentors who prepared him for when he eventually took over the head job. Costantino also has been active in the Shore Football Coaches Foundation, serving as president and vice president over the years as well as serving on multiple committees. He currently is a trustee for the SFCF. Costantino lives in West Long Branch with his wife, Felicia, and their two children, Michelle and Mark. The younger Costantino was an All-Shore player for his father who helped the Blue Devils reach the Central Jersey Group I final in 2012.

Chris Barnes

A former star running back at Middletown North, Barnes was the architect of two outstanding programs at Jackson Memorial and Wall during his 16 years as a head coach. After a tremendous high school career for the Lions in which he became the program’s all-time leading rusher under legendary coach Vic Kubu, Barnes went on to play at Syracuse University from 1984-87. He began his coaching career in 1988 as an assistant at Middletown North under head coach Mike Galos before returning to Syracuse in 1989 as a student assistant under Hall of Famer Dick MacPherson. He then rejoined the high school ranks, serving as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator at Middletown North from 1990-93. In 1994, he got his first head coaching job at Jackson Memorial, where he transformed a program that had little success in its history into a championship squad. He coached the Jaguars from 1994-99, which included the program’s first state playoff win in history in 1999. Barnes set the foundation that resulted in back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2000 and 2001 under former coach Reggie Lawrence for Jackson Memorial’s first state titles. Barnes left Jackson Memorial to take the head job at Wall, which he brought to its greatest heights since its heyday in the early 1980s under Hall of Famer John Amabile. From 2000-2011, Barnes led the Crimson Knights to five division titles, nine state playoff appearances, two trips to the state finals, and the 2002 Central Jersey Group III championship. The 2002 season marked Wall's third state title in history and first since 1983. Wall was 90-38 during Barnes’ tenure and also produced an NFL player, current Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tim Wright. Barnes has been an active member of the Shore Conference Football Coaches Foundation from its inception, serving in various positions for the association, including president, committee meeting facilitator and contributor to college recruiting fairs. He also has the unique distinction of having coached both the Monmouth County and Ocean County teams in the U.S. Army All Shore Gridiron Classic, including a win by Monmouth in 2003. Barnes lives in Brielle with his wife, Julia, and their three daughters. He is more than content to spend most afternoons on the sidelines as a devoted spectator for his children's soccer, lacrosse and softball games, and he continues to serve in the field of education as a School Counselor at Wall High School.

Chris Christopher

A longtime fixture on the local sports scene, Christopher has worked for numerous newspapers and covered Shore Conference football for nearly 40 years. He began writing sports at only eight years old for the Ocean County Daily Times in Lakewood, which was owned by his father, Sam. The elder Christopher died at 87 years old in February after a career in which his name became synonymous with Ocean County journalism. Chris has carried on the family tradition by writing for the Jackson News, a weekly paper that was owned by his father, the Ocean County Observer, and The Asbury Park Press during his career. He currently covers high school, college, recreational and youth sports for The Two River Times in Red Bank and The Coaster in Asbury Park. Christopher has won three New Jersey Press Association sportswriting awards during his career, and at one point wrote for 17 different newspapers and their websites at one time. He has covered all levels of sports, from youth to the professionals, and has interviewed everyone from Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson to T-ball players. He has also worked in sports on local cable television and local radio. However, Christopher has always considered Shore Conference high school football his first love, enjoying the players, the coaches, the fans, the cheerleaders, the bands and the referees, and he loves the smell of hot dogs on a Saturday afternoon in high school stadiums. He believes high school football is one of the few remaining pieces of community in what is unfortunately becoming a more impersonal society. He also takes a deep interest in chronicling the exploits of the numerous former Shore Conference athletes who have starred in collegiate and professional sports. Christopher covered local luminaries like former Central Regional pitcher Al Leiter, who starred for the Golden Eagles in the 1980s and went on to fame with the New York Mets and Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins. Currently, Christopher is proudly covering the Lakewood BlueClaws, one of the top draws in minor-league baseball, which he has covered since their inception in 2000. Still, he says “there is nothing like covering Shore Conference sports.”

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Steve Antonucci

In 18 years as the head coach at Middletown South he has built one of the most admired and respected programs in New Jersey. His record of 170-37 includes six NJSIAA sectional titles and nine Shore Conference divisional championships and his most recent Eagles team finished No. 1 in the state following a perfect 12-0 season.The 2015 Eagles started the season with great expectations and lived up to all of them, finishing with a 35-7 rout of Phillipsburg in the North Jersey Section II, Group IV championship game at MetLife Stadium. Antonucci was honored as the Shore Sports Network Coach of the Year and was also saluted by the New York Giants and his peers in Class A North.He has collected 14 different Coach of the Year honors during his Middletown South career. Antonucci's six state sectional titles ties him with retired Hall of Famers Warren Wolf and Mike Ciccotelli for second on the all-time list among Shore Conference coaches, trailing only the late Vic Kubu, who won 11 during his HOF career. Ironically, Antonucci played his high school football for Ciccotelli at Keyport (Class of 1988) before moving on to Montclair State. Antonucci was also the baseball coach at Middletown South for 15 years, winning three state and two divisional titles before stepping down to devote all his energy to football and his family. For all his success his coaching philosophy does not focus on championships but rather to play the game the right way, have a positive impact on his players and do it with class and dignity. Clearly he has accomplished those goals for nearly two decades along with plenty of hardware. Antonucci and his wife Tracy Dawn live in Manasquan with their five children, Thomas, Jake, Jane, Michael and Matthew.

Kevin Callahan

The only head coach in the history of football at Monmouth, Kevin Callahan has developed a winning tradition in West Long Branch. Callahan, whose 131 wins is 13th among active coaches at the FCS level, ushered in a new era for MU football when the Hawks joined the Big South Conference in 2014. Beginning his 24th season at the helm of the Hawks, Callahan has amassed a 131-108 record while his teams have captured five conference titles. Along the way, Monmouth has been ranked among the top 20 in total offense on two occasions and in total defense five times. Meanwhile, over 120 players have earned conference recognition, while numerous Hawks have earned regional and national honors. Regarded as an outstanding coach by his peers, Callahan served as the President of the FCS Football Coaches Committee in 2007-08 and served a 10-year term as a member of the committee. Under his watch, six former Hawks have earned spots on NFL rosters, including Miles Austin, who was an All-Pro wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. Academically, Callahan's squads have consistently performed at a high level. Eight players have been named to the prestigious FCS ADA Academic All-Star team (average of 55 FCS players selected per season) a total 11 times. Monmouth has had at least one representative on the Capital One Academic All-District Team for each of the last 16 seasons, including three-time selection Joe Johnson, who was also a two-time Big South All-Academic Team member. Monmouth has ranked second among Big South schools in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) in each of the first two seasons the Hawks have been in the league. While a member of the Northeast Conference, Monmouth averaged 20 players per year on the Academic Honor Roll (greater than a 3.2 cumulative GPA), and owned the highest team grade point average in two of its final three seasons in the league. The 2015 campaign set a number of firsts for the program, including the Hawks first game against an Football Bowl Subdivision opponent and its first win over a ranked opponent. Callahan and the Blue & White tripled its conference win total in just its second year in the Big South, finishing with a 3-3 record and a third-place conference finish. On October 17 Monmouth upset conference foe and No. 22 ranked Liberty, 20-17 in overtime, giving the program its first win over a ranked opponent. One week later the Hawks would host top-ranked Coastal Carolina, falling to the Chanticleers on a last second field goal. In all, Monmouth faced a ranked opponent in four of its 11 games in 2015 while also playing Central Michigan on September first in MU's first contest against an FBS squad. Seven Hawks earned All-Big South Honors while sophomore Mike Basile was named All-Big South and All-ECAC Second Team. Academically, Joe Johnson earned Academic All-District II and was named to the Big South Academic All-Star Team for the second consecutive year. linebackers and secondary. Callahan groomed his defensive coordinating skills at Wagner College from 1981 to 1983. In 1980, Callahan served as an assistant coach under Frank Maloney at Syracuse University. He served as the assistant offensive backfield coach for the Orangemen. A native of Elmira, N.Y., Callahan began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for three seasons at the University of Albany from 1977 to 1979. Callahan was a two-year standout defensive back at the University of Rochester. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Rochester in 1977. Callahan and his wife, Ann Marie, reside in Spring Lake Heights. They have two children, Kevin Jr. and Julia. His son Kevin Jr. is an offensive assistant at Columbia University.

Dick Brinster

He was at the Asbury Park Press for only a short time (1974-79) but the former Sports Editor left his mark as the Godfather of what is now the U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic. After reading a news release announcing the NJSIAA had approved the playing of all-star games with the most-recently graduated players he went to work and proposed the game to the newspaper's board of directors. It only took a few minutes for them to agree to underwrite what would be known as the All-Shore Football Classic, and in the summer of 1978 the inaugural Monmouth-Ocean game was played at Wall Stadium. Nobody could have imagined the instant success it would be and that first game started 30 minutes late to accommodate an overflow crowd of more than 8,100 fans. Brinster gives much of the credit for that to legendary Brick Township head coach Warren Wolf who gave the game instant credibility. When asked to coach the Ocean team in that first game his response was what you would expect, "I would consider it a distinct honor." While Wolf was known for wearing his customary grey suit on the sidelines the Monmouth coach added some flamboyance which many remember quite well nearly four decades later. Manasquan's Jack Hawkins emerged from a stretch limo in the middle of the field wearing a white tuxedo and bowing to a roaring crowd. Brinster left The Press a year later to finish a 42-year journalism career with 26 at the Associated Press, mostly covering NASCAR. However, he has great memories of the coaches he had contact with during his days in the Shore area, especially Joe Boyd, for whom this magnificent facility at his alma mater (Central Regional) is appropriately named. He also cited Barry Rizzo, Vic Kubu, Ron Signorino, Al Saner and John Amabile as coaching giants of his era. Brinster and his wife Janice have two sons and four grandchildren and are enjoying retirement in Whiting.

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Leon "Butch" Britton
Butch Britton started his career at Matawan High School as the athletic director in 1965. In 1967 he joined the Matawan football staff coached by hall of fame coach Barry Rizzo and recalled fondly the coaches of those early years, coaches like Bill George, Bruce MacCutcheon, Peter Johnson, George Deitz and Bill Newan.

From 1967 through 1970 George and Britton worked with the rugged Matawan linemen. In 1973 Matawan was classified by the NJSIAA as a Group III school but played an all-Group IV schedule, winning the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III championship. After losing the 1974 season-opener the Huskies won the next eight games to finish 8-1 and win the Shore Conference Class B division title. In 1975 Matawan went 11-0 and captured the Central Jersey Group IV championship with a 7-0 victory over Colonia, the first of seven state sectional titles for the Huskies since the NJSIAA playoff system began in 1974. Matawan finished No. 1 in New Jersey and also won the New York Daily News Tri-State Trophy and the Newark Star-Ledger Trophy. The Huskies were also No. 1 in the Asbury Park Press Top 10 as well as No. 1 in Monmouth County. The Huskies were also presented with the Rutgers Cup.

Matawan had a 19-game winning streak entering the 1976 season and started that year 7-0 before being upset by a Frank Glazier-led Long Branch squad that featured Shore Conference legend and future NFL star Sam Mills. The loss ended a 26-game winning streak for the Huskies, who went on to finish the 1976 season 8-2 to claim the Class A North division title.

Matawan continued to play outstanding football, making the playoffs and winning the Class A North division title in both 1978 and 1979. In 1980 Britton was asked to become the head coach and led the Huskies for three seasons from 1980-1982. In 2000 Britton was inducted into the NJSIAA Assistant Coaches Hall of Fame. Britton has been married to his wife Eileen Hurley Britton for 50 years. They have one daughter, Cherie Meara married to Robert Meara. He is also a proud grandfather of Payton and Bradyn. Coach Britton is being honored for being a longtime backbone assistant coach for Matawan and coach Barry Rizzo during an outstanding era of football.

Bob Spada
Bob Spada was born in Vineland, NJ in 1938 and attended Vineland High School where he excelled in three sports: football, basketball and track.

In basketball he was a 3-year starter, a two-time All Cumberland County selection and an All-South Jersey Group IV pick his senior year. In track he was the 1955 South Jersey Group IV javelin champion. In football he was a 3- year starter as a tight end and linebacker and during his senior year in 1955 he was part of Vineland’s undefeated South Jersey Group IV championship team. Spada was an All-Cumberland County, All-Delaware Valley, All- South Jersey and second-team All- State selection as a senior. His 1955 Vineland team was inducted into the Vineland High School Hall of Fame in 2013.

The most influential coaches in Spada’s youth were Vineland head coach Nello Dallalio and his tight end coach at Duke University, Marty Pierson. Pierson taught Bob all the fundamentals and techniques he used his entire coaching career at Brick Township High School. After a successful high school career Bob accepted a scholarship to play football at Duke University. He was a member of Duke’s 1960 Atlantic Coast Conference championship team and the Blue Devils’ 1961 Cotton Bowl championship team. Bob received a bachelor’s degree in education from Duke in 1961 and later his master’s degree from Trenton State College. In 1961 Bob was fortunate enough to be drafted into the NFL by the Chicago Bears and Boston Patriots, but due to a severe knee injury Bob’s playing career came to an end.

At Bob’s 5-year Vineland High School reunion he ran into his eighth-grade teacher, Larry Schenck, who was the principal at a new school in Ocean County named Brick Township High School. Larry invited Bob to his house in the Lake Riviera section of Brick to meet with him and Brick head football coach Warren Wolf regarding a physical education teaching job and an assistant football coaching position, and the rest is history. Coach Spada went on to teach PE and coach the offensive line at Brick from 1962 until he retired in 1991.

Spada was part of 18 championships during his coaching career at Brick. His best coaching memories include Brick’s 1966 undefeated season and giving out the Most Outstanding Lineman hat after each game, Brick’s 1969 and 1970 victories over powerhouse Bishop Egan of Philadelphia and the Dragons’ 1974 undefeated team and epic 21-20 South Jersey Group IV championship victory over Camden at the Atlantic City Convention Hall. Another of Spada’s fondest memories was playing Frankenstein and fighting the Gorilla (former Brick coaching great Joe Capitano) on the roof of the press box before practice in the mid 1970s to lighten up the intense practices of coach Wolf.

In Coach Spada’s coaching career he is most proud of being a part of his former Brick Township High School “Grovelers of the Soil” lineman who participated in the program.

Spada only wanted to be remembered by his players as a coach who worked all members of our team to their potential, treated them fairly, taught them to play hard and have fun doing it.

“I would like to thank all the former players and coaches for this honor of being inducted into the Shore Conference Football Coaches Hall of Fame,” Spada said. “I cherish the many wonderful memories of my coaching days and I am honored. I have since retired to sunny Venice, Florida and unable to make this ceremony. Thank you and GO DRAGONS!!!”

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Joseph J. Boyd

Joseph J. Boyd grew up in Philadelphia, and along with his older brother John and younger brother Hugh, was part of a great football family in the city with all playing and graduating from Temple University.

Joe earned three varsity letters in football and three in ice hockey at Temple, and as a freshman played under the legendary Glenn “Pop” Warner. His college career was interrupted by World War II as he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942. A month later he was sent to Navy pre-flight school at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he played football for the NC Pre-Flight Cloud busters whose coach was Jim Crowley, best known as one of the Four Horseman of Notre Dame.

During his time in the Navy, Joe was a ground and flying instructor of fighter pilots in Pensacola, Florida and later began his coaching career at Foley High School in Foley, Alabama.

He would return to Temple to earn his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health in 1947, and not long after that began his teaching career at Atlantic City High School where for seven seasons he coached under his brother, John. Joe was also the head track coach and during his tenure his teams won six South Jersey Group 4 titles.

In 1956 he was hired as the head football coach and athletic director for a brand-new school – Central Regional – and along with his wife, Rosalie, moved to Ocean County along with their four young children (the couple would add a fifth later). In that very first year, the Golden Eagles won the Central Jersey Group 1 championship, marking the first time a rookie head coach in a first-year school won a state sectional crown in New Jersey history. The following year, Central went undefeated and claimed the Shore Conference Championship.

Joe’s final two season were memorable as Central won back-to-back division titles in1970 and 1971 with the ‘71 team considered among the greatest in Shore Conference history. The Golden Eagles finished undefeated and were ranked No. 1 in the Shore as well as in various state polls. Boyd was named Coach of the Year by the Asbury Park Press but tragically died just three months later at the age 51.

In the fall of 1972 the football complex at Central was dedicated in his name, and to this day the Golden Eagles play their home games at Joseph J. Boyd Memorial Field. In 1987he was inducted into the Central Regional Athletic Hall of Fame and two years later was inducted into the New Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

Joe treated all his players as family, and he was loved and revered by them in return. As the late Bill King wrote in the Asbury Park Press shortly after his death, “Joe was a strong, rough and even gruff man at times but he had a soft spot in his heart.” To this day, he is fondly remembered by his former players and assistant coaches.

Like his brothers, Joe was a longtime member of the Seaside Heights Beach Patrol and each year an award is given out in his name to the “SHBP Lifeguard of the Year.”

Joe’s five children all live in Ocean County….Jacque, Joe Jr., Michael, Pam and Mary Joe.

Hugh J. Boyd Jr.

Like his older brothers John and Joe, Hugh (Junie) followed in their footsteps and turned down 30 scholarship offers to stay home and play for Temple University where he earned four varsity letters before graduating in 1951. He would later receive his Master’s Degree in Education from what was then Trenton State College.

Right after graduation, he became the youngest principal in New Jersey when he was appointed to that position at Seaside Heights Elementary School, where he also taught the sixth grade. When a new school for kindergarten through sixth grade opened in 1967 it was appropriately named the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School and he remained the principal there and also taught gym until his death in 1983.That school was his pride and joy and at any time you could find him cleaning the gym floor or cutting the lawn. Hugh was a lifelong member of the New Jersey Education Association and the New Jersey Football Officials Association.

Unlike his two brothers, “Junie” did not coach high school football but instead stayed involved in the game as a referee beginning in the 1960s.He quickly became one of the best in the Shore Conference and was a favorite of sports reporters, who knew when his crew was assigned to a game it would be easy to understand and get an explanation of any and all rulings on the field. Coaches and players held him in great regard as he could be heard talking throughout a game advising them to “stop grabbing that guy’s shirt” BEFORE throwing a penalty flag. Boyd’s style was very similar to that of the late basketball official Walt Zuber in that every call was made with confidence and each brought a positive attitude and a smile on their face to the field and court. Junie’s games moved along swiftly and his rule was to let the players decide the outcome, not those wearing black and white stripes.

When the first All-Shore Classic was played in 1978 there was little doubt whose crew would be asked to work the game, and Junie and company did so for many years. Simply put, he was the referee you wanted on the biggest games.

Again, like his brothers, Hugh was a long time member of the Seaside Heights Beach Patrol starting in 1944 and was captain at the time of his death in 1983 at the age of 55.

Hugh (Junie) and his late wife Marlene were the parents of five children: Cathy (Grabowski), Cindy, Hugh “Jay” III, Thomas and Stephen who all live at the Jersey Shore.

Teacher, administrator, sportsman…his enthusiasm for life and sports was contagious and salutary.

Dan George

The George Family is a Long Branch institution with Dan’s grandparents, parents, siblings and children all being educated in the seaside city in central Monmouth County. George’s athletic career began in Long Branch decades ago and his latest honor as an inductee into the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame comes with him firmly entrenched in the place he’ll forever call home.

Over many years donning the colors of the Green Wave as both a player and a coach ,George has grown from a young man to, shall we say, a not so young man. He graduated from Long Branch High School in 1983 where he lettered in both football and wrestling, playing football under head coach Jack Levy and wrestling under head coach Chuck Rutan. From there, George went on to The Ohio State University where he wrestled for the Buckeyes from 1984-1988. He graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has since earned two master’s degrees from Monmouth University in education and administration.

Coach George’s passion for working with children led him to a teaching position at his alma mater in 1999. It is there he has served as the school’s head football, wrestling and track and field coach for nearly 20 years. Across all three sports, he has amassed nearly 700 career victories. This coming fall, George will begin his22nd season as a head football coach and 20th leading the Green Wave. He has a 143-82-1 career record with two NJSIAA sectional titles (1999 and 2017) and four Shore Conference division titles.

The 2017 season concluded with one of the most memorable moments in Long Branch football history. In one of the most epic NJSIAA sectional championship games a Shore Conference team has ever been a part of, Long Branch defeated Freehold, 43-42 in overtime, to win the Central Jersey Group 4 championship. After senior quarterback Juwan Wilkins tossed a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Pasa Fields Jr. in overtime to pull the Green Wave to within a point, George elected to go for the two-point conversion. Wilkins then connected with senior Elijah Sherin in the right flat for the winning points to deliver Long Branch its first state title in 18 years.

George has been the Green Wave’s wrestling coach since 2000, compiling over400 career victories and winning three NJSIAA Group 2 championships, six NJSIAA sectional titles, five NJSIAA district titles, three Shore Conference Tournament titles and eight division championships. He also coached three individual state champions and is one of just two Shore Conference wrestling coaches to reach 400 career wins. Long Branch blossomed into one of the Shore Conference’s elite wrestling programs under George’s direction, including going undefeated in 2008 and finishing as the No. 1 team in New Jersey in 2009. The Green Wave were also nationally-ranked in 2008 and 2009. He was selected asthe New Jersey Wrestling Coach of the Year in both 2008 and 2009 and is the only Monmouth County coach to receive the honor twice. He has also been named either named either district or region coach of the year five times.

Overall, George’s teams have won 16 division titles and eight state championships and he has won some form of a Coach of the Year award an astounding 22 times. He is a member of the Long Branch High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

A math teacher for 20 years, Coach George is also currently the Officer of Student Affairs at Long Branch High School and tasked with assisting all student-athletes in their academics, attendance and college plans. George feels his greatest accomplishment are the success of the hundreds of athletes he has coached who have gone on to receive scholarships and graduate from prestigious colleges and universities such as Cornell, Rutgers, Old Dominion, Springfield, Delaware, Roger Williams, Brown, Northwestern, Wisconsin, The College of New Jersey, Davidson, Georgetown, Wake Forest and Temple, to name a few.

With regards to his career, Coach George has endeavored to live his life in the mold of the famous quote by philosopher and education reformer John Dewey:“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

George resides in Long Branch with his wife Lisa, his son Daniel, his son Nicholas – who is currently a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army 82ndAirborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg – and daughter Abigail, a three-sport athlete at Red Bank Regional High School. In his spare time, his summers are spent supervising the Long Branch public beaches, which employ 150 high school and college kids.