Papalia resigns as Holmdel High School football coach

Papalia resigns as Holmdel High School football coach

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Papalia resigns as Holmdel High School football coach

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Frank Papalia resigned as Holmdel High School’s head football coach after five seasons for personal reasons on Thursday, he said in an e-mail.

The Hornets went 14-36 under Papalia, including 3-7 in 2013. Holmdel did defeat both Red Bank Regional in an NJSIAA consolation game and Raritan on Thanksgiving Day by one point in its final two games of the season, with the Raritan win coming in overtime.

Holmdel’s best two seasons under Papalia were in 2012 and 2010, finishing 4-6 both times. The Hornets were 3-1 in 2012 before losing five straight.

Papalia succeeded Andy Carlstrom as head coach in the spring of 2009 after Carlstrom lost his position as a teacher at Holmdel due to a reduction in force.

Before that, Papalia was the defensive coordinator under Carlstrom during Carlstrom’s three seasons. That included the 2007 season when Holmdel went 10-1, set a school record for wins in a season and won the Shore Conference National Division championship for its first divisional title since 1988, when the Hornets shared the Class C title with Asbury Park, and first outright divisional championship since winning the Class D title in 1986.

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