Bryan Batchler was named Rumson-Fair Haven’s head football coach Tuesday night by the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Board of Education, athletic director Walt Reiser said Wednesday morning.
Batchler, an assistant coach at Rumson the last eight seasons, succeeds Shane Fallon. Fallon, the Bulldogs’ head coach since 1998, resigned in early January so he could devote time to pursue his master’s degree in education.
Rumson went 106-51 under Fallon with the school’s only NJSIAA sectional championship in 2010, when it stunned heavily favored Matawan in the Central Group II championship game. Rumson has gone 51-16 since the start of the 2007 season and has been in the Central II championship three of the last six seasons. Fallon’s win total is the most in Rumson’s history.
Batchler was a defensive assistant and the special teams coach under Fallon.
“He knows our kids and he has a great relationship with our staff and the people in our community,” Reiser said. “He has a great work ethic. He’s constantly preparing and watching film. I think he’s going to do a nice job.”
Rumson went 7-3 last season. It won its first seven games and lost its final three. The Bulldogs lose two-year starting quarterback Danny Roberto and three-year starting middle linebacker Travis Clark to graduation, but had a junior-dominated starting lineup.