Longtime New Jersey high school coach Rick Mantz has been added to Rutgers football coaching staff as director of high school relations, Rutgers announced Wednesday.
Mantz spent the last two years at Passaic High, four seasons at South Brunswick (2007-08, 2010-11) and then 12 at his alma mater, Hillsborough High. He was 1-19 at Passaic — a program that has not had a winning record since the late 1990s — 31-11 overall at South Brunswick and 81-39 at Hillsborough.
The role is a new position creating by new Rutgers coach Chris Ash and will serve as a liaison to high school coaches, but is different than recruiting director. Mantz is also a longtime official and former president of the New Jersey Football Coaches Association.
“I am pleased to welcome Rick to the Rutgers football staff,” Ash said in a statement. “Rick is a well-respected and successful high school coach in New Jersey. He has great connections with coaches and players throughout one of the most talent-rich states in college football.”
Mantz is a graduate of Rutgers with a bachelor’s degree in communication and served as a grad assistant in the 1990 and ’91 seasons for the Scarlet Knights.