Neptune has hired former Trenton and Randolph coach Tarig Holman as its new head football coach.

Holman was approved at a special board of education meeting Wednesday night. He succeeds Rodney Taylor, who resigned after three seasons to take the athletic director position at Manalapan.

Holman spent two seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Randolph, where he went 11-10, including a 7-4 record and an appearance in the NJSIAA playoffs last season. Prior to coaching at Randolph, Holman coached for two seasons at Trenton where he brought the Tornadoes into contention with a 15-6 record and consecutive playoff appearances in Central Jersey Group V.

Before Trenton, Holman was the defensive coordinator and special teams coach at Montgomery and was also the head coach at South Brunswick in 2009. He was also previously an assistant at New Brunswick.

Holman is a 1995 graduate of Randolph High School and was a football and track standout for the Rams. He went on to star as a defensive back for the University of Iowa and was in training camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Neptune finished 3-7 last season but still qualified for the Central Jersey Group IV playoffs. The Scarlet Fliers have won four NJSIAA sectional titles in program history, the last of which came in 2011. Among the key returners for the Scarlet Fliers in 2017 are senior quarterback Chase Fairbanks, who threw for 1,216 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.

Holman's hiring fills the final vacant head coaching position in the Shore Conference.


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