One of the most prestigious scholastic wrestling coaching jobs is open.
Dan O’Cone has resigned as Brick Memorial’s head wrestling coach for personal reasons he said via email on Thursday morning after seven seasons at the school.
“It was just time to step down,” O’Cone said. “I’m not moving on, not going anywhere. I just felt the program could do better with a younger, more active coach,” O’Cone said.
Under O’Cone, Brick Memorial won NJSIAA Group IV championships in 2008, 2009 and 2013, NJSIAA Central Group IV championships in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013, Shore Conference Tournament championships in 2012 and 2013 and Shore Conference Class A South co-championships in 2008 and 2013 .
The Mustangs went 146-32 in O’Cone’s seven seasons.
The Mustangs also had two state champions in Steve Santos (152) and Mike Morales (130) iin 2009 and 13 state placewinners under O’Cone, including Matt Moore (fourth at 195), Tyler Richardson (sixth at 170) and Nick Costa (seventh at 182) in 2013.
O’Cone, who also served as the president of the New Jersey State Wrestling Coaches Association the last several years, was named the state’s Coach of the Year in voting by the eight region presidents the last two years. O’Cone also said he has resigned as president of the state coaches association.
Prior to becoming Brick Memorial’s head coach in the summer of 2007, O’Cone was the head coach at his scholastic alma mater, Point Pleasant Beach, for six seasons.
He succeeded current Brick Memorial assistant coach and former Brick Memorisl wrestler Dean Albanese as the Mustangs’ head coach. Albanese had succeeded the legendary Tony Caravella as Brick Memorial’s head coach.
Brick Memorial won five NJSIAA Group III championships, 10 NJSIAA sectional championships, 12 Shore Conference Tournament championships and 325 matches under Caravella.
The Mustangs’ eight state group championships and 14 NJSIAA sectional and 14 SCT championships are by far the most in the history of the Shore Conference.