WEST LONG BRANCH — Shore Regional High School appointed new head coaches on Thusday for its varsity field hockey and boys basketball programs.
The Shore Regional High School District Board of Education named Kelly Koenig, an assistant field hockey coach at Shore, to lead its field hockey team and Frank Carmody, a former assistant at St. Rose High School, to take over the boys basketball program.
Koenig — formerly known as Kelly Balady — was an assistant coach for legendary field hockey coach Nancy Williams during the past seven years. She will lead the program this upcoming season, replacing Williams after the longtime coach retired in May. This will be Koenig’s first field hockey head coaching job.
“I feel it is a great honor and privilege to have been chosen as the second coach of this program. I love this program. It is a huge part of who I am and what I believe in,” Koenig said. “The traditions that have been established here at Shore Regional mean a great deal to me. I’m really excited about the opportunity to continue to work with these kids.”
Koenig, who was present at the board of education meeting, grew up outside of Philadelphia and went to Methacton High School in Worcester, Pennsylvania. She played field hockey at Monmouth University from 2001-2004 and is a 2005 graduate of Monmouth University. She has also been an assistant field hockey coach at Monmouth University (2006) and is currently a special education teacher at Wayside Elementary School in Ocean Township.
“My ultimate goal is continue the core values that have been set here,” Koenig said. “It is a strong part of what I believe in and a strong part of what the kids believe in.”
Koenig becomes the second varsity field hockey coach in Shore Regional High School history after the program’s founder and only coach for the previous 44 years, Williams, retired in May with a career record of 839-67-55 as the winningest high school field hockey coach in the United States.
Carmody replaces Emery
Carmody was hired to replace Dave Emery, who resigned after the basketball season ended. Emery went 41-16 in two years as the Blue Devils varsity boys basketball coach.
Carmody, who is a former assistant coach at St. Rose High School as well as an assistant coach at Northwestern University and Caldwell College, played at St. Rose and also at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. He inherits a team that went 21-9 in the 2013-2014 season with a roster mostly full of juniors.
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