Archive for February, 2011

Kevin Gallogly to Rhode Island, Taylor Rogers to Bentley

February 24, 2011

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Holmdel senior 280-pound lineman Kevin Gallogly has committed to Rhode Island as a preferred walk-on and may have a shot at scholarship as a sophomore depending on how he performs as the Rams will graduate 19 scholarship players from next year’s senior class. Rhode Island is a Division I-AA program that competes in the highly-competitive Colonial Athletic Association, which produced 2010 FCS runner-up Delaware and 2009 FCS champion Villanova.

Also making a commitment was All Shore Media second-team All-Conference wideout Taylor Rogers of Middletown South, who has signed with Division II Bentley University, a high academic school that plays in a competitive Division II conference, the Northeast-10 Conference. Rogers finished with 47 catches for 838 yards (17.8 ypc) and 8 touchdowns as the main receiving weapon in Middletown South’s run-oriented flexbone attack and was also an All-Class A North pick by the coaches.

Mark Ciccotelli approved as new Neptune head coach

February 24, 2011

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Freehold coach Mark Ciccotelli, who led the Colonials to two Central Jersey Group III titles in the last three seasons, the only titles for Freehold since the playoff system began in 1974, was approved as Neptune’s new head coach on Wednesday night. Click here for the story.


Academic All-Shore Team to be Honored

February 19, 2011

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The Academic All-Shore team will be honored on Saturday at a breakfast at Gibbs Hall in Fort Monmouth.

Click here for the story and the list of recipients.

Congrats to all. There are some big names on there, too. Great to see them getting it done in the classroom and on the field.

Brick’s Patrick Dowling Will Not Be Re-Hired

February 17, 2011

After two seasons since his controversial hiring in the wake of the retirement of the legendary Warren Wolf, Brick head football coach Patrick Dowling was not recommended to be re-hired as coach by Brick athletic director Bill Bruno on Monday.

Dowling led Brick to consecutive 4-6 seasons in his two-year stint after the Green Dragons finished 6-4 in the 51st and final season at Brick for legendary coach Warren Wolf in 2008. Wolf initially retired, then tried to come back when he realized his replacement was going to be someone without Brick roots. Prior to Brick, Dowling had compiled a 47-74 career record in 17 seasons, including a 2-8 season at Allentown in 2008. Dowling will speak to his players this afternoon.

“We’re just going to take the program in a different direction,” Bruno said.

Several contentious Board of Education meetings ensued before Dowling was approved as the second coach in program history, following Wolf, who is second all-time in state history with 364 career wins. Petitions were signed and large crowds flooded the meetings in support of Wolf before Dowling was approved with the support of Superintendent Walter Hrycenko over fellow candidates Len Zdanowicz and current Jackson Liberty head coach Tim Osborn, who both played for Wolf.

Wolf then took the head job at Lakewood, where he led the Piners to a 3-7 finish this past fall, snapping a 33-game losing streak in the process. Wolf also came out of retirement to run for a spot on the Brick Board of Education because of his unhappiness with the way things ended in Brick, and Wolf was elected in April. There certainly is the chance that had Bruno not made this decision now, the Board of Education may have voted not to re-hire Dowling by May.

Bruno’s decision only affects Dowling’s status as the head football coach, not his job as a special education teacher at Brick, according to Bruno.

As the old saying goes, “You don’t want to be the coach who follows the legend, you want to be the guy who follows that guy,” so Brick will cast a wide net in its coaching search. Zdanowicz, Osborn and Dan Duddy, a former Brick player who is the head coach at Monsignor Donovan, are certainly possible candidates. If former Point Boro coach Calvin Thompson does not end up with the Neptune job or take an assistant job at a North Jersey parochial power, he could be a possible candidate as well. Another potential candidate is current Brick offensive coordinator Mike McArthur, the former head coach at Colts Neck, who is also a Brick resident.

After long dominating the headlines in the town, Brick has fallen in the shadow of cross-town rival Brick Memorial, which has reached three straight NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV finals under head coach Walt Currie, winning it all in 2008. The Mustangs also won the Class A South title this past fall.

Dowling not being re-hired now leaves openings at Brick, Neptune, Point Beach and Jackson Memorial in the Shore Conference.

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RBC’s Matt Paolillo Commits to Marist, Ocean’s Kevin Rogers to Monmouth

February 13, 2011

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Red Bank Catholic senior defensive end/linebacker Matt Paolillo, another talented member of the Caseys’ standout defense, has signed with Marist, according to head coach Jim Portela. Paolillo was an All-Class B North selection by the coaches in the fall.

Ocean running back Kevin Rogers, half of the Spartans’ backfield duo along with junior Greg Moore, will continue his career at Monmouth University, according to Ocean coach Donnie Klein. Also, Ocean senior offensive lineman Scott Pembleton has committed to play at William Paterson University. Congrats to all three players.

A Look at the 2012 Recruiting Class, Hall of Fame Inductees and More

February 10, 2011

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Now that the majority of the top players from the 2011 Shore Conference recruiting class have made their decisions, here’s a look at the Class of 2012. Also has other offseason notes and info on some other players from this year’s class below that. Click here to check it out.