Fallon, Kmak step down from football coaching

Fallon, Kmak step down from football coaching


Fallon, Kmak step down from football coaching


Shane Fallon resigned Thursday as Rumson-Fair Haven head football coach to pursue a master’s degree in educational leadership.

Also, Brian Kmak has resigned as Keansburg head football coach to spend more time with his family .

Fallon, who has been Rumson-Fair Haven’s head coach since 1998 and is the school’s assistant athletic director, said pursuing his master’s degree is something he had been thinking about the last several seasons.

“When I got the job, I was 25 and I wasn’t thinking about pursuing my master’s,” he said. “At 30, I got married and at 32, I started having children. My life has changed. I’ve got a lot on my plate. I was teaching classes, being an assistant AD and coaching football. I was trying to balance things. In talking to my wife, something had to give and football was the give.”

Fallon has a daughter who is 8 and a son who is 2.

“In talking to the team years, I told them “For 17 years, I’ve been worried about other people’s children. Now I’ve got to worry about spending the next 17 years with my children.’ The time is right for me to leave.”

Fallon, who was a quarterback at Rumson for coach Biff Wilbur in the late 1980s, and his staff built the program into one of the best at the Shore in recent years. The Bulldogs went 106-51 under Fallon and won the school’s first NJSIAA sectional championship in 2010, when they stunned heavily favored Matawan 13-7 in the Central II championship game at Kean University.

Rumson has been in the Central II championship game three of the last six seasons and has won Shore Conference divisional championships three of the last six seasons. Fallon is Rumson’s all-time winningest coach.

Rumson was 7-3 this season , and even though it graduates two-year starting quarterback Danny Roberto and standout middle linebacker Travis Clark, it has a solid junior class and should be one of the Shore’s better teams next season.

“I always said, I did not want to walk away with the cupboard bare,” said Fallon, who will remain at Rumson as a physical education teacher and assistant athletic director.

There are several former head coaches on Fallon’s staff in defensive coordinator Jerry Schulte (at Wall) and offensive assistants John Cornileusen (at Mater Dei Prep) and Joe Passo (at Marlboro).

Kmak was Keansburg’s head coach for 10 seasons. The Titans’ best season under him came in 2007 when they went 10-2, advanced to the Central I championship game and shared the Shore Conference Patriot Division championship with Central I champion Asbury Park and Rumson-Fair Haven.

“It’s always a tough decision, but it is the right thing to do for my family. I was getting pulled in a lot of different directons,” said Kmak, who will remain as Keansburg’s head baseball coach.


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