Newly hired head coach Rich Mosca hopes his experience can get Monmouth on the winning track this season.
Jason Morrell resigned after two seasons with the Falcons to take an administrative job in the West Deptford school district. Last season the Falcons went 2-8. They were 3-17 the last two seasons under Morrell.
Mosca who also served as the defensive coordinator in those two years, has an extensive coaching background not only in the Shore Conference, but also at the collegiate level. Mosca was Keyport’s head coach in the early 1970s, was Middletown South’s first head coach beginning in 1976, Monmouth Regional’s head coach in the early 1990s and also was the head coach at NCAA Division III Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Park from 2002 to 2010.
Mosca was also quick to mention the job assistant coach Dan Wendel had done early in the summer, before Mosca was officially hired for the head coaching position.
“Our conditioning is important for us to get going early in the summer,” Mosca said. “I think we, as a team, have gotten a lot stronger and more physical.”
When asked what he personally hoped he could bring to this team, Mosca’s answer was simple.
“Hopefully some wins.”
Improving on that 2-8 record from last season starts with continued good play on the defensive side of the ball and effective schemes on the offensive side.
“Last year, I thought out defense showed what it’s made of,” Mosca said. “I’m hoping that we can have better offensive structure this season.”
Mosca and the Falcons will be running the pro-spread formation this season. Trying to simplify the multiple set is a task that Mosca and his coaching staff hope to achieve before the season begins.
There appears to be a bit more depth for the Falcons. Positions all over the field are still there for the taking, including quarterback. Junior Isiah Searight and junior Jimmy Green have a slight edge heading into the season. Mosca has liked what he has seen from both players.
“Both players are inexperienced at the position this year,” Mosca said. “They are also going both ways this year, so that also might have an effect on the decision.”
The Falcons have a good mix of youth and veterans this year. According to Mosca, they just have to execute on game day.
“These kids have something here, I really believe it,” Mosca said. “This is a tremendous challenge for me this year, but I love these kids, and hopefully we can go out there and be competitive.”