Coaching Carousel

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It looks like Neptune may be searching for its third head coach in the past three seasons shortly. Several sources have indicated that Don Sofilkanich, who left Asbury Park after winning three straight state titles to take the Neptune job before last season, may be leaving to take the head job at Bishop Ahr in Edison. Sofilkanich did not return a call seeking comment on Monday.

Sofilkanich led Neptune to a 6-4 finish in the fall, which included a state playoff appearance. The injury-ravaged Scarlet Fliers lost to eventual Central Jersey Group III champion Freehold in the quarterfinals.

Sofilkanich has strong Middlesex County ties and formerly coached at New Brunswick, so it is no surprise he would want to work closer to home. Neptune beat Bishop Ahr 62-0 in the season opener this past fall, and the Scarlet Fliers open up with Bishop Ahr in 2011, so this potential move would certainly add some spice to that game.

A potential candidate for the job would be former Point Boro coach Calvin Thompson, who led the Panthers to a state title during his tenure before stepping down in the middle of this past season. However, it depends on whether Neptune wants someone who would be in the building or not, as Thompson runs his own training business. Sofilkanich does not teach at Neptune, so maybe that is not a hurdle. Neptune’s next Board of Education meeting is on Jan. 26, so we’ll see if Sofilkanich’s resignation from the football job is on the agenda.

Neptune returns running back Ikie Calderon, quarterback Jaheem Woods and several other experienced returners next season, so the ability is certainly there to win now.

As for another job at a prominent program, Toms River South, by all accounts it’s between Monsignor Donovan offensive coordinator Ron Signorino Jr., the son of legendary former TRS head coach Ron Signorino Sr., and former Indians quarterback Bill Rankin, who is an assistant at Jackson Memorial, with Signorino Jr. being the front-runner. It would surprising if it’s not one of those two, most likely Signorino. The next Board of Ed meeting is Jan. 18, so there could be a new coach by next week.

It will be up to one of them to rebuild a program that went 0-10 for the first time in its history since becoming Toms River South. Former head coach Bill Hill was not rehired by the Board of Education.

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