Keyport has selected Jason Glezman to become its next head football coach, the school announced Thursday in a press release.

Glezman, who has served as Keyport's defensive coordinator since 2016, replaces Andy Carlstrom, who went 3-6 in his only season and resigned in November.

“Coach Glezman has been an outstanding defensive coordinator in his short time at Keyport,” said Keyport athletic director Kevin Flynn. “It is no coincidence that upon his hire in 2016, Keyport enjoyed a Group 1 final appearance with him on staff. His work ethic, respect for the history of the program, love for these kids and being a teacher in the building makes him the perfect candidate to lead this program forward.”

A graduate of Mater Dei High School who played collegiately at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Glezman coached at both the high school and college level before joining Keyport's staff three years ago. He began his career as an assistant at Spotswood High School and then coached at St. Francis University (Pa.) where he served as a defensive backs coach and a co-special teams coordinator. Prior to coming to Keyport, Glezman was the head coach at Plainfield High School for two seasons.

Keyport went 10-2 and reached the Central Jersey Group 1 championship game in 2016 but is just 4-15 over the last two seasons. Glezman is Keyport's fourth head coach in the last six seasons.

The revolving door at the top of the football program is a stark departure from the stability of the prior three and a half decades when Mike Ciccotelli led the Red Raiders. A Shore Football Coaches Foundation and New Jersey Football Coaches Association Hall of Famer, Ciccotelli guided Keyport to 11 Shore Conference division titles and six NJSIAA Central Jersey Group 1 championships during his 36-year tenure, including an 11-0 year in 2002 and 11-1 records in 1998 and 1999.

“Jason Glezman is a great, thorough person,” said Ciccotelli via the press release. “He is extremely knowledgeable and committed, and cares a lot about these kids. He is going to have great success with the Red Raiders program.”

 

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