Philip Tyburczy, Matawan Regional High School’s Assistant Principal in charge of Athletics, confirmed to the Asbury Park Press on Tuesday morning June 16 that the school had officially hired John Giraldo, former Monmouth University point guard, as its new varsity boys basketball coach.
Giraldo, 40, played for Monmouth University from 1993 to 1996 and helped the Hawks reach the NCAA tournament in 1996. He was most recently an assistant coach at Roselle Catholic.
“I love the Shore area even though I grew up in North Jersey. After playing overseas for 10 years, I came home and was living in Jersey City,” Giraldo said. “However, I knew I wanted to come back to the Jersey Shore. I now live in Marlboro and I have lived there for the past six years. I really wanted to be a part of Shore Conference basketball community.”
Giraldo replaces former coach Tom Stead, who stepped down earlier this year, and inherits a team that went 14-12 and as the No. 11 seed advanced to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II semifinals.
“I want to see the guys spread the floor and I know we have some good shooters at Matawan but we want to push the pace and get shots off faster,” Giraldo said. “We’re going to play an up tempo style of basketball and I know I can develop the players for this style.”
Giraldo comes to Matawan, his first head coaching job, with an impressive background. Besides playing at Monmouth University, he played overseas, he was an assistant coach at Bloomfield Tech for a year and then was an assistant coach at Roselle Catholic for the last eight years.
“I want to build on the excitement for Matawan boys basketball. I’ve been following the program over the last couple years and coach Tom Stead did an unbelieveable job with the players,” Giraldo said. “I think I can help with that excitement having played college basketball, winning two Tournament of Champions titles and three state titles while at Roselle Catholic. I think I can bring everything I have learned from those experience to the Matawan boys basketball program.”
Ranney also makes a hire
The Ranney school announced on its twitter account on June 11 that it hired former Red Bank Regional standout and Maryland Terrapin Tahj Holden as its new varsity boys basketball coach.
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