Monmouth Regional has begun official practice for the upcoming football season without a head coach.
Jason Morrell, the Falcons’ head coach the past two seasons, resigned last Friday to accept an administrative position in the West Deptford school district, Monmouth athletics director Tony DeOrio said Tuesday morning.
DeOrio said the school will be accepting applications for the position through Friday. He said he hopes to have Morrell’s successor named by early next week.
DeOrio said Monmouth’s assistant coaches are currrently running the team’s practice sessions with no individual serving as an interim head coach.
Dan Wendel, Monmouth’s special teams coach last season, is serving as the point man for the program until a head coach is named, DeOrio said.
The Falcons went 2-8 last season and 3-17 under Morrell, who also served as the school’s head wrestling coach.
Rich Mosca, Monmouth’s defensive coordinator the last two seasons, has extensive head coaching experience. He was head coach at Keyport in the 1970’s was Middletown South’s first head coach beginning in 1976, the head coach at Monmouth Regional in the early 1990’s and the head coach at NCAA Division III school Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Park for nine seasons from 2002-2010.
Keith Killea, who was Lakewood’s special teams coordinator, outside linebackers coach and wide receivers coach last season, was named Asbury Park’s head coach in early July, Asbury Park athletics director Dr. Walter Barrett said.
Killea succeeds Matt Ardizzone, who will remain with the program as an assistant coach, Barrett said. Ardizzone was Asbury Park’s head coach the past three seasons and also the school’s head coach in 2006. The Blue Bishops went 21-11 under Ardizzone the past three seasons with an NJSIAA Central Group I championship in 2011, which at that time, was the school’s fourth Central I championship in five seasons.
Killea was an assistant coach at Asbury Park, with Ardizzone when the Blue Bishops won three straight Central I championships under current Bishop Ahr coach Don Sofilkanich from 2007-2009.
In other news
Rich Carroll, who was New Egypt High School’s athletics director in recent years, was named athletics director for the Middletown Township School District in late June.
Carroll replaces Kevin Haines, who retired at the end of the school year.
Nick Pizzulli served as interim athletics director last year when Haines was out for personal reasons.
Dave Kirk, who was Point Pleasant Boro High School’s athletics director the last three years, is no longer the school’s AD. He was recently named assistant principal at the Point Pleasant Middle School.