Peter Shaw, a former assistant Ferrum College in Virginia, was approved by the Board of Education as Colts Neck's new head football coach on Monday night.

Shaw takes over for Greg LaCava, who stepped down this offseason after presiding over the most successful stretch in the history of Colts Neck's program during his five seasons. Colts Neck won a school-record 10 games this past fall and reached its first NJSIAA sectional final in program history, losing to Brick in the Central Jersey Group IV championship game. In 2012, the Cougars won what was then a school-record nine games and won their first state playoff game since 2000.

Shaw previously coached in the Arena Football League in New Jersey during the early 2000s in addition to coaching at several New Jersey Athletic Conference programs during the 1990s. He also has a prominent Shore Conference name on his staff, as former Toms River North star Darian Barnes, who won a Super Bowl as a fullback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002, was approved as one of his assistants at Colts Neck.

Shaw joins St. John Vianney's Mark Ciccotelli, Keyport's John Paczkowski, Neptune's Rodney Taylor, Howell's Luke Sinkhorn, Holmdel's Jay Graham, Wall's Dan Curcione and Asbury Park's Bill Hill as new coaches in the Shore heading into this fall. Manchester is expected to approve its new head coach this week.