2023 All-Shore Gridiron Classic – Meet the Coaches: Jeremy Schulte, Monmouth County
Monmouth County Head Coach: Jeremy Schulte, Rumson-Fair Haven
After taking the reins of Rumson-Fair Haven’s program from his father, Jerry, the younger Schulte led the Bulldogs to the South Jersey Group 2 sectional title and a trip to the inaugural Group 2 state final. Rumson finished 8-5 on the season playing in the Shore Conference American Division, rebounding from an 0-2 start to win another championship and solidify its status as one of the top public-school programs in New Jersey.
After consecutive losses to Toms River North and Donovan Catholic to open the season, Rumson won eight of its next 10 games, including a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Raritan, 34-27 in double overtime, to win the South Jersey Group 2 sectional championship, its seventh sectional title all-time. It also marked the ninth straight season RFH has reached a sectional final. Rumson then played a near-perfect game to take down Central Jersey Group 2 champion Willingboro, 42-6, in the state semifinals. It took an undefeated team with the state's longest active winning streak to halt the Bulldogs' postseason run as Caldwell won 18-14 in the Group 2 final.
Rumson received a huge rookie season from sophomore quarterback Owen O'Toole, who burst onto the scene to lead the Shore Conference with 2,161 yards and 25 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. Senior wide receiver Scott Venancio caught 38 passes for 685 yards and 11 touchdowns and junior wideout Nick Rigby posted 61 receptions for 789 yards and seven touchdowns. Junior running back Alastair Orr led the rushing attack with 592 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, senior linebacker Luke Mikolajczyk recorded a team-high 137 tackles plus 13 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions, junior defensive end Markus Brown had a team-best seven sacks, and Ryan Kalman (66 tackles, 6 INTs) and Beau Kemler (48 tackles, 3 INTs) provided excellent play in the secondary.
Rigby, kicker/punter Oliver Lorraine, junior defensive lineman Cooper Bunnell, and Kalman earned First Team All-Shore distinction while O’Toole, Venancio, Mikolajczyk, and Kemler were Second Team All-Shore picks.
Schulte and members of the RFH football staff will lead Monmouth County for the 2023 All-Shore Gridiron Classic, which will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 9 at Monmouth University’s Kessler Stadium. Jeremy and Jerry Schulte are believed to be the first father-son duo to serve as head coaches for the All-Shore Gridiron Classic. Jerry coached Monmouth County to a 21-6 victory in the 2019 Gridiron Classic.
Rumson-Fair Haven players scheduled to participate in the game include Venancio, Lorraine, and defensive lineman Julien Devlin.
Before being elevated to head coach prior to the 2022 season, Schulte was Rumson’s defensive coordinator under his father and was an assistant for several years before that. After his high school playing career at Ocean Township concluded, Schulte began his coaching journey under former Rumson and current Red Bank head coach Shane Fallon in 2006, volunteering as a freshman coach during his college years. He continued to work his way up the ranks, becoming a varsity assistant in 2011 and helping Rumson win sectional titles in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2022.
Monmouth County Coaching Staff
Jeremy Schulte: Head Coach
Jerry Schulte: Defensive Coordinator
John Corneliseun: Offensive Coordinator
John Bellavance: Defensive Backs
Glenn Grainger: Defensive Backs
Kyle Marinelli: Defensive Line
Chris Quinn: Wide Receivers
Joe Murphy: Offensive Line
Shane Fallon: Quarterbacks
Mike Brandow: Defensive Line
Matt Dempsey: Offensive Line
John Andl: Running Backs
Jim Reid: Linebackers
Jason Glezman: General Manager
Jeff Papcun: 7-on-7 Tournament
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