Coach of the Year

Baseball COY
A little more than two years ago, Keith Cocuzza became a varsity baseball coach for the first time when he took a difficult job under difficult circumstances.
When Cocuzza took the reins at Southern Regional with just a handful of games left in the 2015 season, the Rams just had one of their biggest …
Girls Hoops COY
Joe Whalen did not take over the St. Rose girls basketball program to turn an also-ran into a competitive team or even a competitive team into a championship contender.
He took over a championship team in order to keep it a championship team year after year...
Hoops COY
It’s not every year that a boys basketball team at Marlboro enters the year with the expectations the Mustangs had for themselves in 2016-17.
The program had not won a Class A North championships since the early 1970’s, had never been past the round of 16 in the Shore Conference Tournament and had ne…
Dan Curcione
The first two years of Dan Curcione’s head-coaching tenure at Wall didn’t exactly go as planned, but all along he knew this season’s group of seniors had the goods to return the program to glory.
After going 3-7 in 2014 and 4-6 last season, Wall returned to the promised land this fall by going 10-2 a…
2016 COY: Jean Dortissant
Every summer, Asbury Park boys soccer coach Jean Dortissant returns to his native Haiti to visit some family and friends who still live there. The sights and sounds not only bring him back to the before his family moved to the United States in 1989, but they place him in the shoes of most of the pla…
Lax COY
From the second he took over as Manasquan’s head coach prior to the 2015 season, Sean Cunningham knew he had a program ready to take a major jump. HIs job was to corral the talent and push them to previously unreached heights. So far he’s done a pretty darn good job o…
Baseball COY
To win more games than any coach in the state of New Jersey takes a long time and Toms River South coach Ken Frank has been the Indians skipper for a long time.
It also takes some special seasons, and Frank has had plenty of those as well...

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