Derek Reichenbecher Approved as New Howell Head Coach/Jurkowski, Golden Make College Commitments

After 11 years as an assistant coach at Howell, defensive coordinator Derek Reichenbecher has ascended to the head coaching spot to replace Cory Davies after being approved by the Freehold Regional District Board of Education Monday night.

Reichenbecher, who has been the head boys lacrosse coach since also taking over for Davies in that job in 2003, has been both the offensive and defensive coordinator  at different points in his tenure at Howell. He has coached the linemen, running backs and linebackers, including coaching five All-Shore linemen during his 11 years. A 1996 Howell graduate who was an All-State selection as a senior, he went on to play at Boston University and is in the Howell athletic Hall of Fame.

He takes over a Rebels program coming off a 4-6 season that graduated record-breaking quarterback Ryan Davies, the son of the former head coach, as well as record-breaking wide receiver Brandon Yaegel and Fordham University-bound lineman Tim Donahue. Cory Davies was the head coach for the previous 21 years, leading the Rebels to their only state sectional title in program history and a school-record 11 wins in 2006. He decided to step down after the season to spend more time with his family.

Reichenbecher’s hiring fills the last open vacancy in the Shore Conference. The new head coaches for 2012 also include Matawan’s John Kaye and Wall’s Nick Gregorio.

In college commitment news, Point Beach senior defensive back/wide receiver Mark Jurkowski, an All-Class B Central pick and third-team ASM All-Shore selection, will continue his career at Catholic University, according to Point Beach coach John Wagner. Also, Red Bank Catholic senior defensive back/wide receiver Greg Golden will play at post-grad season at The Hun School, according to RBC coach Jim Portela.

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