Nick Gregorio Approved as New Wall Coach/Coscarelli Commits to Coastal Carolina

We are now down to one coaching vacancy left in the Shore Conference as Wall approved its replacement for former head coach Chris Barnes on Tuesday night. The Board of Education approved Nick Gregorio, a former head coach at A.L. Johnson and most recently the offensive line coach at Kean University.

Gregorio had two stints at Kean around a two-year stint as head coach at A.L. Johnson, whom he led to the playoffs in 2009, losing 23-0 to Rumson-Fair Haven in the Central Jersey Group II quarterfinals. Gregorio was a standout as a player at Montclair State, where he also was an All-American shot-putter. He played at New Providence, a small-school power in North Jersey.

Barnes stepped down in February to spend more time with his family after 12 seasons with the Crimson Knights that included nine state playoff appearances, five division titles, the 2002 Central Jersey Group III title and a trip to the 2004 CJ III final. Gregorio inherits almost an entirely new team, as nearly the entire starting lineup from this past fall’s Class C Central champions will graduate in June.

Gregorio’s hiring leaves only the Howell job unfilled, but from everything I’m hearing, defensive coordinator Derek Reichenbecher is expected to be approved as the replacement for Cory Davies, who, like Barnes, stepped down to spend more time with his family.

In college commitment news, Red Bank Catholic senior defensive tackle Joe Coscarelli, the All Shore Media Defensive Player of the Year, has signed with Coastal Carolina, an FCS program, according to RBC coach Jim Portela.

The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Coscarelli is a two-time, first team ASM All-Shore selection. He led the Caseys with 105 tackles, a rare amount for a defensive tackle, and also had a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He had 24 solo tackles and 81 assists, and also had 5.5 sacks on a defense that allowed 9.5 points per game. RBC finished ranked No. 1 in the Shore Conference, won the Class B North title, reached the Non-Public Group III semifinals and did not lose to a Shore Conference opponent all season. Coscarelli had 16 tackles in a double-overtime victory against Central Jersey Group III champion Neptune, had 13 tackles in a double-overtime loss to Delbarton in the state sectional semifinals, and had 11 tackles in a 21-0 win over Central Jersey Group II finalist Rumson-Fair Haven. As a junior, he had 107 tackles and 7 sacks.This season he was named the Class B North Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches.



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