Archive for February, 2012

John Kaye Approved as New Matawan Head Coach

February 28, 2012

Former assistant John Kaye was approved as Joe Martucci’s successor at Matawan Monday night. Click here for the full story.


John Kaye up for Approval as New Matawan Head Coach

February 25, 2012

Long-time assistant John Kaye is up for approval as Matawan’s new head football coach on the Matawan-Aberdeen Board of Education agenda for Monday’s meeting.

He will replace Hall of Famer Joe Martucci, who stepped down after leading the Huskies to their second Central Jersey Group II title in three seasons to take an assistant coaching job at Kean University. Martucci was 197-81-1 in 28 seasons at the helm for the Huskies, leading them to five NJSIAA sectional titles and nine division titles.

Kaye was an assistant under Martucci for nearly 20 years before ascending to the head position, and also is heading into his 15th season as Matawan’s head baseball coach. He inherits a team that graduates a strong senior class led by running back/safety Larry Alston III, but does return starting quarterback Kashaun Barnes, standout linebacker Glenn Cross and kicker/punter Mike Creamer.

Ocean’s Moore, Jones Headed to Wesley College

February 22, 2012

Ocean senior running back/defensive back Greg Moore, a 1,000-yard rusher in the fall, is headed to Division III power Wesley College along with teammate James Jones, a defensive end who had seven sacks for the Spartans, according to Ocean coach Donnie Klein.

Moore was an All-Class B North selection by the coaches this fall as a defensive back and was a third-team All-Shore selection by All Shore Media. Jones and Moore join a Wesley squad that returns defensive back Derrick Bender (Freehold), punter John Smicklo (Toms River East), wide receiver Jared Morris (Toms River East), linebacker John Hoplock (Point Boro) and their former Ocean teammate, wide receiver Brandon Robinson.

College Commitments, Upcoming Academy in Wall, TCNJ Camp This Summer

February 17, 2012

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Another member of Matawan’s NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II champions has reached his college decision as senior tight end/defensive end Anthony Castaneda said he will continue his career at Franklin & Marshall, joining Wall lineman Matt Pisarcik and St. John Vianney quarterback Anthony Carlucci as Shore players headed to Franklin & Marshall.

Class C Central Defensive Player of the Year Kodie McNamara, a senior linebacker/running back for Manasquan, will continue his career at Gettysburg College.

In other news, there are some upcoming camps for youth and high school players worth checking out.

There will be an eight-week academy run by former Brick Memorial state championship-winning head coach Fred Sprengel at GoodSports USA in Wall from March 20 through May 15. There will be a quarterback academy and a quarterback/receiver academy. There also are different sessions broken into different age groups, from third to seventh grade, and from eighth grade through seniors in high school.

For the full information, click here.

Also, from June 30-July 3, the Quarterback and Receiver (QBR) Camp is coming to The College of New Jersey for high school, middle school and youth players. Former Monmouth Regional head coach and current TCNJ offensive coordinator Bob Acosta is the contact at 732-551-1153. Click here for the full info.

Calderon to Milford Academy, Coaching Vacancies

February 9, 2012

All Shore Media first-team All-Shore selection Ikie Calderon, a running back/slot receiver/linebacker for Neptune’s Central Jersey Group III champions, said Tuesday that he will play a post-grad season at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y.

Milford has become a regular destination for Shore Conference players, as this past fall the team featured former Jackson Memorial defensive tackle Dimitrius Smith, who is now at Monmouth University, as well as former Freehold Township linebacker/punter Kevin Borden and former Toms River North linebacker Cody Groves. Milford routinely sends players to FBS programs, including running back Montrell Dobbs (Temple) and safety Jevonte Pitts (Pittsburgh) from this past season.

On the coaching front, Wall’s Chris Barnes stepped down this week to spend more time with his family after a great run with the Crimson Knights that included the third state sectional title in school history in 2002 and a trip to a state sectional final in 2004. As for who could possibly be Barnes’s replacement, current assistants Jim Rochford and John Legere are certainly candidates. Another name floating around is former Bergen Catholic coach Fred Stengel, who lives in Spring Lake. Another possibility could be Manasquan assistant Rich Read, who was a finalist for the Warriors job before current head coach Jay Price was selected, although bringing over a coach from the Crimson Knights’ Thanksgiving rival may not be the easiest sell.

The other vacancy is at Matawan, where I’m hearing that veteran assistant John Kaye looks like the front-runner to replace Hall of Famer Joe Martucci after he left to take a coaching position at Kean University. Kaye has been at Matawan nearly 20 years and already has head coaching experience with the baseball program, so he is more than familiar with the inner workings of the program.

Most school districts, which certainly could include Wall, are staying in-house because budgets are so tight. In the old days, new positions could be created to lure high-profile outsiders and money could be moved around a little, but it appears those days have come to an end. Schools seem to be looking more inward than outward when it comes to grooming replacements for big-name coaches.


Billups, Davies and More Make College Commitments

February 4, 2012

Howell quarterback Ryan Davies, who has the Shore Conference single-season passing and touchdown passes record as well as the career touchdown passes record, will continue his career at Moravian College, a Division III program in in Bethlehem, Pa., according to his father/Howell head coach Cory Davies. Davies was an ASM first-team All-Shore selection this fall.

Howell wideout Nick Craig, who caught 41 passes for 405 yards and 5 touchdowns this fall, will join Davies at Moravian. Also, Howell senior offensive lineman Tom Crimeni has committed to Muhlenberg College.

Jackson Liberty running back Justin Billups, a 1,000-yard rusher in the fall, has committed to Marian University, a top NAIA program in Indianapolis that reached the NAIA semifinals last season.

Also, Colts Neck offensive lineman Ryan Oros has committed to the University of Chicago, a high academic Division III program.

Signing Day Stories/Photo Gallery

February 1, 2012

It’s a busy National Signing Day across the Shore Conference as usual, with four seniors signing to FBS programs and a large group signing with FCS squads.

Anyone with Signing Day photos, please email them to to be included in the full gallery from today. Congrats to all the seniors.

Click here for the main story.

Click here for the updated college commitment list.

Click here for the story on the group of Wall players committing.

Click here for news on the commitments of Lacey’s Tyrell Smith, Matawan’s Larry Alston III and Rumson’s Mike Morralle.