Andy Pagano, a former Toms River North player and an assistant coach there in recent seasons, was approved as the Mariners’ head baseball coach Tuesday night by the Toms River Regional Schools Board of Education, district athletics director Joe Arminio said.
Pagano, who played at Toms River North in the mid-to-late 1990’s, succeeds Ted Schelmay, who retired in mid-December after 20 successful seasons as the Mariners’ head coach.
Pagano had been the interim head coach since Schelmay’s retirement.
An outfielder who played collegiate baseball at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Pagano, along with pitcher, eventual Milwaukee Brewers’ first-round draft choice and current Jackson Memorial assistant coach J.M. Gold, helped the Mariners advance to the NJSIAA Group IV championship game in 1997.
Toms River North won the Shore Conference and Ocean County Tournament championships last season, 346 games, three NJSIAA South Group IV championships, two SCT and OCT titles and three Shore Conference Class A South championships, one of which was shared with Toms River East, under Schelmay.