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The next era of Long Branch football has officially begun.

In its search for a successor to Hall of Fame coach Danny George, Long Branch High School has tabbed Chad King to become the next head coach of the Green Wave, athletic director Jason Corley announced on Thursday morning. King was board-approved during Wednesday night's Long Branch Board of Education meeting.

King was Long Branch's defensive coordinator last season. He will take over for George, who retired following the 2021 season after a 23-year tenure leading his alma mater. During his time as Long Branch's head coach, George's football teams went 151-92, won three state sectional titles, and captured four division titles, including the 2021 Freedom Division title. He was inducted into the Shore Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame in 2018.

George was also Long Branch's head wrestling coach for 21 seasons, compiling over 400 victories and winning three NJSIAA Group 2 championships, six state sectional titles, five district titles, three Shore Conference Tournament championships, and eight division titles. He stepped down as wrestling coach following the 2020-2021 season and his nephew Billy, a former Long Branch standout himself, took over the program.

King will take over a program that returns First Team All-Shore defensive back Shamar Williams, All-Division linebacker/running back Sekou Kamau, two-way lineman Luke Tracey, defensive lineman Kaleeq Ingram, linebacker Hassan Bryant, defensive back Ernest Reevey, running back Zaheem Brown, tight end Kyree Lambert, and kicker Wesley Garcia.

Long Branch will compete in the Colonial Division with Toms River North, Southern Regional, Middletown North, Lacey, and Central Regional for the 2022 season.

 

 

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