Football: Frank Edgerly up for approval to become the head coach at Howell
Former Red Bank Catholic head coach Frank Edgerly is expected to be named the new head coach at Howell High School, according to the agenda for Monday’s Freehold Regional High School District Board of Education meeting.
If approved by the board, Edgerly will take over for Luke Sinkhorn, who resigned in March after six seasons.
Edgerly was not available for immediate comment when contacted Friday night.
Edgerly resigned from his second stint at Red Bank Catholic back in early February, ending a total run of 14 years at his alma mater. He amassed an 85-54 career mark that included five division titles and one state championship. Edgerly set the foundation on which RBC would become a Shore Conference powerhouse when he coached the Caseys from 1999-2008. Starting with a 6-4 season in 2004, the Casey have not had a losing season in 16 years. RBC went 8-2 and won the Liberty Division title in 2005, which was the program’s first division championship since 1989. The Caseys won back-to-back division titles in 2007 and 2008, including a 9-1 season in 2008, and went 31-9 with three division crowns from 2005 through 2008.
Jim Portela took over as RBC head coach in 2009 to lead the Caseys through an unprecedented run. RBC went 61-13 from 2009 through 2015 with five division titles and the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 3 state championship in 2014.
Portela resigned in 2016 and a week later it was Edgerly who returned home to once again lead the Caseys. After a 5-5 season in 2016, the Caseys got back to their usual winning ways with an 8-2 season that included the Class B North division title. The leadup to the 2018 season was filled with hype and potential as the Caseys brought back most of their top players, including FBS recruits Steve Lubischer (Boston College), Charlie Gordinier (Boston College) and Kevin Bauman (Notre Dame). The Caseys did not disappoint, going 10-0 and winning the NJSIAA Non-Public Group 3 state title with a thrilling 14-10 win over Mater Dei Prep at MetLife Stadium.
The Caseys finished 5-4 this past season playing in the newly-formed American Division with fellow Shore Conference powers Toms River North, Rumson-Fair Haven, Manalapan, Middletown South and Long Branch.
Edgerly is a 1990 graduate of Red Bank Catholic where as a senior in 1989 he quarterbacked the Caseys to their first division title. He went on to play at Rutgers and graduated in 1994.
Since reaching consecutive NJSIAA South Jersey Group 5 sectional finals, including a 9-2 season in 2017, Howell has struggled to a 2-18 record over the past two seasons. The Rebels’ last division title came in 2009 when they won the American Division under longtime head coach Cory Davies, who is now the head coach at rival Freehold Township. Howell’s only state sectional championship came in 2007 when the team went 11-1, also with Davies at the helm.
Howell is set to graduate nearly all of its top players from last season, especially on the offensive side with quarterback Jason Caston, running back Vaughn Meehan and wide receiver Sean Murphy matriculating out of the program. Linebacker Nick Cerulli will lead the group of returners after recording 60 tackles, 2 sacks and 8 tackles for loss – all team highs – last season.
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