Archive for March, 2011

A.J. Visconti to Lehigh/Krystopik Official at Jackson Memorial

March 31, 2011

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As expected, Walt Krystopik officially became the new head coach at Jackson Memorial earlier this week when he was approved by the Board of Education. (Click here for more on that).

Also, Monmouth Regional quarterback A.J. Visconti is headed to Lehigh, where he will try to walk on the team, according to former coach Sal Spampanato. Visconti helped pilot the Falcons to just their second state playoff berth in school history this past fall.



Walt Krystopik to Get Jackson Memorial Head Job

March 28, 2011

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Walt Krystopik, a veteran Jackson assistant who served as defensive coordinator under former coach Mike Smith, is up for approval as Jackson Memorial’s new head coach at tomorrow’s Jackson Board of Education meeting, according to the agenda posted on Jackson’s BOE website.

Krystopik was a clear name that emerged after Smith decided to step down following this past season to spend more time with his family. Despite the talent being diluted somewhat in recent years because of the opening of Jackson Liberty, the Jaguars still consistently have talent, so this is one of the better jobs out there. After being a perennial playoff team, the Jags have not made the postseason since 2007 and have not won a state playoff game since 2006.

If Krystopik’s approval by the Board goes through as expected, that leaves openings at Point Beach, Freehold and Monmouth Regional in the Shore Conference.

Brick to Approve New Coach/Masi, Clark Make College Commitments

March 24, 2011

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Brick is expected to name the successor to Patrick Dowling and the third coach in the program’s 54-year history at tonight’s Board of Education meeting. Sources close to the situation believe it will be former assistant Robert Dahl, a Brick grad who was on Warren Wolf’s staff before Wolf retired and Dowling, who has no Brick ties, was hired in controversial fashion in 2009.

Dowling was not recommended to be re-hired after the Green Dragons went 4-6 in the fall. Wolf, who was the school’s only coach for the first 51 years of the program and is second all time in New Jersey in wins, was openly upset about Dowling being his replacement because he didn’t have Brick ties. Wolf then ran for a school board seat in Brick and was elected in the spring after being unhappy with the administration, while also taking the head job at Lakewood. Dahl’s hiring would install a coach with Brick ties into the program.

Also, in college commitment news, Middletown South senior lineman Tom Masi, the Class A North Defensive Player of the Year and an All Shore Media first-team All-Shore Conference selection, will continue his career at The College of New Jersey.

Howell senior wide receiver Michael Clark, another first-team selection, will do a post-grad season at Milford Academy in New York. Former Howell stars Ryan McGuinness and Will Hayes each played one season at Milford before moving on to high-level Division I-AA programs New Hampshire and Delaware, respectively. Clark finished with a Shore Conference-leading 1,053 yards receiving on 47 catches (22.4 ypc) and what may be a Shore Conference-record 17 receiving touchdowns in his first and only season as a starter. Clark also had a school-record six receiving touchdowns in a win over Middletown North.

Colts Neck Duo Make College Commitments

March 16, 2011

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Colts Neck’s Mike Maguire, a two-year starter at tight end/linebacker and a team captain, has committed to Gettysburg College, according to Cougars coach Greg LaCava.

Also, two-year starting lineman Mark Kapnick, who was an All-Class B North selection by the coaches and a team captain, has been accepted to the prestigious Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and may possibly try to walk on the football team there.

US Army Gridiron Classic Set/Cicardo, Acquaviva Make College Commitments

March 12, 2011

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This year’s U.S. Army All-Shore Gridiron Classic pitting the senior all-stars from Monmouth County against their counterparts from Ocean County will be played at 7 p.m. on July 14 on the turf at Toms River North, according to game director Lou Vircillo of Lacey.

The Monmouth County head coach is All Shore Media Coach of the Year Shane Fallon of Rumson-Fair Haven, who led the Bulldogs to their first state sectional title in school history in the fall. Vircillo, whose Lions went 12-0 and finished No. 1 in the Shore, will most likely be the Ocean County coach but said he is still deciding. The practices will be at Rumson and at Lacey if Vircillo indeed serves as head coach.

July 14th is a Thursday, and I applaud this move by the Shore Football Coaches Foundation, which runs the annual all-star game. Instead of having everyone battle Garden State Parkway traffic on a Friday, everyone can make the trip to Toms River on Thursday for what should be a great game. The rain date is Saturday, July 16. The rosters are in the process of being finalized.

In college commitment news, Brick Memorial senior linebacker/defensive back Mike Acquaviva, an All Shore Media second-team All-Conference selection, will continue his career at Montclair State. Acquaviva had 52 tackles, 11 for a loss, 8 passes defensed, 2 sacks and a forced fumble for one of the Shore Conference’s top defenses to help the Mustangs reach the Central Jersey Group IV final for the third straight year. He was also selected to the Class A South All-Division team by the coaches.

Also, ASM first-team quarterback Craig Cicardo will continue his career at Rhode Island, according to Vircillo. A three-year starter, Cicardo capped his career by helping the Lions go 12-0 and win the South Jersey Group III title, their first since 2006. Running Lacey’s spread offense out of the shotgun, Cicardo finished 69-for-105 (66 percent) passing for 1,176 yards, 16 touchdowns and only three interceptions for the No. 1 team in the All Shore Media Top 10. He also ran for 592 yards on 151 carries and scored 18 touchdowns, giving him 34 touchdowns combined on the season between rushing and passing. He ran or passed for at least one touchdown in all 12 of Lacey’s games for an offense that averaged 36 points per game and beat Delsea 56-7 in the SJ III final. Cicardo was selected to the All-Class B South Division team and Co-Offensive Player of the Year by the coaches as well.

Here is the news release from Vircillo:

CRAIG CICARDO JR has agreed to attend Rhode Island University in the fall to continue his studies and play the game he loves which is football. Craig teamed up with his father Craig Cicardo Sr., for the last three seasons to install the Florida University offense “Lacey style” and the results culminated in an undefeated season as well as a South Jersey State Championship in 2010.

Head coach Lou Vircillo praised his offensive coordinator, Cicardo Sr., who also played quarterback for him back in 1982 and1983. “His presence over the last six seasons has made it a pleasure to coach. He rounded out my staff and gave me the “right arm” that brings a good football staff up to the level of a great football staff.”

The coach admitted he had spent many years traveling to the University of Notre Dame spring football sessions with his former player while the elder Cicardo was a young head coach at Mater Dei and then Pinelands. He noticed his great desire to learn the game and watched his development as an offensive coach. In 2005 the elder Cicardo agreed to join his mentor as a lead assistant and was given the opportunity to ultimately install the Florida offense which the pair of coaches observed and studied under Urban Meyer, former head coach of the University of Florida.

So coach Vircillo took over the defense and entrusted the offense to his former player. The fact that the younger Craig would become the Lion quarterback for the last three seasons was a bonus. The two Cicardo’s would get to work at the game morning noon and night giving the Lacey offense a big edge.

During the season Craig threw 16 touchdown passes and rushed for 18 more. He recorded the schools highest percentage in the passing category, and recorded the most touchdown passes in a single season becoming the second leading career scorer in Lacey’s 30 year history.

He was named to the 1st TEAM ALL SHORE and ALL SOUTH JERSEY. He was also named ALL COUNTY PLAYER OF THE YEAR in the Star Ledger, New Jersey Coaches TOP 100 TEAM, and the ALL SHORE SCHOLAR TEAM.

“Craig Jr. worked extremely hard at the game as well as his overall conditioning.” Vircillo said. “He did everything he could possibly do to ensure his teams success.” Craig was a model student in high school maintaining a 4.37 GPA and becoming a member of the school’s National Honor Society. Craig also served his student government as its treasurer. Craig has received a Merit Scholarship at the RIU and will study finance.


Calvin Thompson Approved as New Winslow Twp. Coach

March 3, 2011

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Former Point Boro head coach Calvin Thompson was approved by the Winslow Township Board of Education as the school’s new head football coach on Wednesday night.

Thompson abruptly resigned at Point Boro during this past fall citing personal reasons after compiling a 65-28 record in 8-plus seasons with the Panthers. Thompson took over Point Boro in 2002 and led the Panthers to consecutive South Jersey Group II final appearances in 2004, 2005 and 2007, winning the program’s first state sectional title since 1978 in 2005. The Panthers also made state playoff appearances in 2006 and 2008.

Thompson inherits a Winslow Township program that went 7-4 and reached the South Jersey Group III semifinals in 2010 before losing to undefeated Lacey. The Eagles graduate star quarterback Bill Belton, a Penn State recruit, but do return some good team speed.

He takes over for former coach Mike McBride, who had announced in July that this fall would be his final season as head coach because he is attending law school. McBride had a record of 29-23 at Winslow after having gone 37-24 at Woodrow Wilson previously.

“I think it will be interesting to see what my system can do with those type of athletes,” Thompson said about taking the job at Winslow. “I thought it would be a great opportunity for me.”

Thompson will commute from Brick to Winslow Township, but does have two sisters that live in the area and his family is originally from Philadelphia.

“It also presents a good business opportunity to expand what I do to down there,” said Thompson, who has his own business training athletes.

After the end at Point Boro, Thompson said he sent out an e-mail and cover letter to every school in the state that he was looking for another head coaching job, so his intention was clearly to get right back into coaching.

“Sitting around is not how I’m wired,” he said. “I’ve got to keep rolling.”

Russell Clayton Commits to Assumption, Matt Fasciano to Marist

March 1, 2011

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Brick Memorial senior offensive lineman Russell Clayton, a third-team All Shore Media All-Conference selection, has signed with Division II Assumption College. Clayton, who was also an All-Class A South pick by the coaches, was considered the top lineman on a Mustangs team that won Class A South and reached its third straight Central Jersey Group IV final.

Also, Holmdel linebacker Matt Fasciano, a three-year starter for the Hornets and the team’s leading tackler for the past two seasons, has signed with Marist College, a Division I-AA program that competes in the Pioneer Football League. He joins Red Bank Catholic defensive end Matt Paolillo among the incoming Marist recruits.