Archive for May, 2012

Clinic Saturday to Benefit Eric LeGrand Believe Fund/Shore’s Best Camp Coming in June

May 15, 2012

On Saturday, the New Jersey Football Coaches Association will be holding a football clinic in honor of Eric LeGrand that will go to benefit the Eric LeGrand Believe Fund to support the former Rutgers defensive tackle who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010.

The clinic will be at Colonia High School in Middlesex County from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $25, with all the money going to LeGrand’s fund. Breakfast and lunch will be served and there will be door prizes provided by exhibitors. The speakers include Southern Regional head coach Chuck Donohue Sr., who has over 200 career wins and multiple state titles, and Sayreville coach George Najjar, who has led the Bombers to consecutive Central Jersey Group IV titles.

Also, the annual Shore’s Best Camp is coming up from June 19-22 in Toms River. Below is the press release with the info.

Like the NFL pros who use the off-season to hone their skills, young aspiring football players can use their summer vacation to improve their game as well. From June 19 to 22, 2012, the fifth annual Shore’s Best Football Camp in Toms River, New Jersey, will give them access to excellent coaches and training that will help them reach that goal.  Since its start in 2008, young players just beginning to learn the game and seasoned high school players looking ahead to a college playing career have attended. Last year’s camp included 16 All-Shore high school football players. In addition, 32 Shore’s Best campers made Shore Conference Coaches All-Division Teams.

The Shore’s Best Football Camp will be held at Riverwood Park, on Riverwood Drive, in Toms River, and will feature instruction by top-level coaches from northeast U.S. football programs. Participants who are entering grades 1 through 8 will be in the Youth Camp, taught by high school coaches. Players entering grades 9 through 12 will be in the High School Camp and will receive their instruction from College coaches.

The four-day camp’s registration fee is $175.00, and campers will receive a full agenda of instruction, skill drills and game competition from 8:45 am until 3:00 pm each day. This year’s roster of participating coaches who will provide the daily workouts include L.J. Clark, Head Coach, Lakewood High School; Rob Dahl, Head Coach, Brick Township High School; Sean DeRosa, Head Coach, Pinelands High School; Dan Duddy, Head Coach, Monsignor Donovan High School; Sean Henry, Head Coach, Point Pleasant Borough High School; Walt Krystopik, Head Coach, Jackson Memorial High School; Gerard O’Donnell, Head Coach, Manchester Township High School; Tim Osborn, Head Coach, Jackson Liberty High School; Brian Surace, Head Coach, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Dan Garrett, Head Coach, Kean University; Mike Teel, Quarterbacks Coach, Wagner College; Chris Damian, Running Backs Coach, Monmouth University; Eddie Allen, Specials Teams Coordinator/ Running Backs Coach, University of Rhode Island; Tyler Moody, Offensive Line Coach, Stonehill College; Juwan Jackson, Defensive Line Coach, Monmouth University; Holman Copeland, Defensive Line Coach, East Stroudsburg University; Ethan Jeros, Recruiting Coordinator/ Defensive Line Coach, William Paterson University; Don Dobes, Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers Coach, Dartmouth College; Chi Worthington, Defensive Backs Coach, Marian University; Michael Davidson, Safeties Coach, American International College; and Chris Melvin Recruiting Analyst for

“In putting together the camp’s instruction schedule and in finding the best coaches, we are striving to meet the goals of the participants and their parents as well,” according to Camp Director Dan Duddy.  “Our young participants are learning the skills they will need to play well and our older participants are increasing their recruitment potential. In fact, several of our 2011 participants were recruited after being discovered at the camp.”

Players interested in registering should call (732) 597-3126. To receive a $15 discount the Shore’s Best Football Camp must receive the completed registration form with payment and copy of a doctor signed physical exam postmarked by May 25, 2012. Walk-up registrations are available at 8 AM on Tuesday, June 19 and participants must bring a copy of a doctor’s signed physical form showing a current physical exam. Physicals taken before June 22, 2011 will not be accepted. The $175.00 registration fee must be paid in cash or by money order only; checks will not be accepted for walk-up registration. Participants must also bring a completed registration form to the camp which can be downloaded at

The Shore’s Best Football Camp is owned and operated by Elite Camp Services of Toms River, New Jersey. Elite Camp Services will also run the Brian Leonard Football Camp and Youth Coaches Clinic in June 2012. The website is located at Shawn Kennish, President of Elite Camp Services is the Former Director of Football Operations at Rutgers University.



NJSIAA Votes to Expand Public School Playoffs

May 9, 2012

The NJSIAA voted 21-5 on Wednesday morning in favor of creating a new Group V bracket that will go into effect in the 2012 season, according to The Record of Hackensack. That means four more teams will be crowned as state sectional champions (Central, South, North I and North II), increasing the number of teams winning state titles in New Jersey to 24.

Here are my feelings on this and how it will affect Shore Conference teams.


Ty Lewis Clinic/Thoughts on North Bergen Situation/College Commitments

May 8, 2012

The event organizers wanted me to send out a reminder to the Shore Conference coaches that the annual Ty Lewis Coaching Clinic, named after the late Red Bank Regional coach, will be held tomorrow (Wednesday) at Manasquan High School. Registration is from 3-4 p.m. and the cost is $25.

Also, here are some more college commitments. Toms River South senior fullback/linebacker Zack Liguori, an All-Class A South selection by the coaches, will continue his career at Montclair State. The Raritan trio of linebackers Nick Pydeski, Jamie Pasquin and Jared Rivera are all headed to Springfield College. Monmouth Regional offensive lineman Max Neis will be playing at Moravian College, and his Falcons teammate, offensive lineman Evan Imber, is going to FDU-Florham. Southern linebacker Alex Cattelona will continue his career at McDaniel College.

Finally, a comment on this whole North Bergen situation. The NJSIAA found legendary coach Vincent Ascolese to have recruited two players on the team that won the North I Group IV title by stunning unbeaten Montclair this past fall. The penalty levied by the NJSIAA was two years probation, which means it has to provide proof to the NJSIAA before each season that its athletes are eligible and its administrators have to take a remedial course on the NJSIAA’s handbook. I also believe they will be subjected to one wedgie and one noogie apiece from an NJSIAA official.

You know what that means? Coaches, recruit to your heart’s content. With no penalty of forfeiting games or being stripped of titles or being banned from the state playoffs, what is there to really stop from cutting corners other than the moral implications of it? You might get double secret probation from New Jersey’s version of Dean Wormer. Plus, if you know this is going to be your last year coaching, recruit everyone in sight because you won’t be touched or your legacy won’t be affected once you walk out the door.

I fail to see how using recruited players to win a state title is different than using ineligible players, which results in teams forfeiting any games in which those players participated. How that state title was not vacated is beyond me. Essentially the NJSIAA let North Bergen keep the ill-gotten spoils of its tarnished victory. The players were both seniors, so they move on without penalty. Ascolese ran as shady a program as you’re going to find, the NJSIAA report details it, and he straight-up got away with it. It sends the message that if you’re a coach looking for a shortcut to a title, the NJSIAA rules and enforcement are not going to be a problem.

This was a chance to send a real message. The NJSIAA rarely ever is able to prove athletes were recruited, and here it was on a platter. North Bergen should’ve been stripped of the title and every single win in which those players participated. Plus, North Bergen’s probation should have included a two-year ban on being able to play in the state playoffs. Make the penalties real, and maybe that will get the next unethical coach to think twice about cheating.

As for Ascolese, his accomplishments over his 50-year career are built on a house of sand as far as I’m concerned. I don’t care how many games he won. He’s a fraud. His lawyer is crowing in that Star-Ledger story that his record is “unblemished” and he was a credit to the school and community. Give me a break. He got caught this time, but it makes you wonder how many other years he had ringers brought in to facilitate winning and then discarded them when he was done with them without the larger public or the NJSIAA being any the wiser.