Watchung Hills is in the market for a head football coach after Marc Crisafi announced Friday he’d be resigning. Crisafi said his decison was made because he simply wanted to be able to see his son Vincent play for Clark’s A.L. Johnson High where he is a sophomore quarterback.
Crisafi will continue to work at Watchung Hills as a physical education and health teacher.
“It was something I had to do, it’s tough to step away because Watchung Hills is a great school and we have great kids,,” said Crisafi, who lives in Clark. “But I didn’t want to miss my son’s games, and we basically play every Friday night and so does (A.L. Johnson). There really aren’t many opportunities to see him, outside of maybe Thanksgiving Day because they (AL Johnson) has a game and we don’t.”
His teams went 16-35 in his five seasons at the helm, but the team had big moments. The Warriors made back-to-back playoff appearances in 2013-2012 and beat Immaculata 20-10 in a 2013 regular-season game. The team went 6-4 in 2012, winning five of its last six in 2012, losing only to Piscataway in a North 2 Group IV game.
“Beating Immaculata and making the states was great,” said Crisafi. “We also started out with 30 kids in 2011, but the next year we made the playoffs and our numbers were really good.”
Crisafi was appointed in the summer of 2010 to replace Jim Benedict, who had retired after nine seasons.