Poll: Who should be the Rockland coach of the year?


With my full all-star package set to run on April 11th, there’s only one award that I haven’t polled you guys on yet. Yorktown’s John Tornambe was your choice as the Westchester/Putnam coach of the year, but now I want to know who you guys think is most deserving in Rockland. There are honestly a handful of good choices, but I’ve narrowed it down to the top four.

• Brenden Rogers, Clarkstown South: One of the most committed coaches in Section 1 has devoted his energy year round to turning the program at South around, and this past season was the Vikings’ best to date under Rogers. While they didn’t end up with any section champs, South proved to have one of the most complete teams in the area. The Vikings took second in the Section 1 duals early on thanks to a lineup that didn’t have many (if any) weak spots. They also took third at the Rockland County Championships with three champs.

• Carmine Serra, Nanuet: The Golden Knights have developed into a Division 2 powerhouse under Serra, winning their third consecutive D2 section title this past season. Despite being a small school, you could argue that Nanuet was the second best team in the section after county rival North Rockland, which is a testament to the depth and high-end talent that has blossomed under Serra’s tutelage. The Golden Knights went onto to have all three of its state qualifiers place in Albany, with Serra then being named as the Section 1 coach of the year.

• Jeff Swick, North Rockland: In his first season as head coach, Swick led the Red Raiders to the first section title in program history. North Rockland had been knocking on the door in recent years, but finally got over the hump under Swick. He made a seamless transition after taking over for last year’s Section 1 coach of the year Andy Guccione (now the AD at Suffern), as the Red Raiders also won the Section 1 dual meet tourney and did not lose a single dual within the section.

• Grier Yorks, Pearl River: The Pirates made some tremendous strides this season, finishing sixth in the section after a few years spent well outside of the top 10. Yorks has brought along a young core led by section champs John Muldoon and James Kelly which has elevated the status of the Pearl River program. With a committed group that still has room to grow, the Pirates look like they could be in for an even better year next season. Yorks has set them up for success.

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  1. Brenden Rogers is creating the one of the best programs around in South. Not to Mention he also created the “dynasty” at nanuet. Although Swick and Serra are two great coaches who had greats years with their team, they were handed these programs already. Rogers brought Clarkstown south to top of the pack this year. Nothing he could have done about his two top wrestlers being upset and south not placing in the top 3.

  2. Carmel's hard Knox on

    I think that all these coaches are very accomplished, but I think he award should go to Serra. Nanuet had the most compleat team in the section and it makes it even more impressive that they are a small school. they could get it done in both duel meets and in tournaments. It is Swick’s first year as head coach so I think the award will come to him in the future. C south was a Gerry solid duel meet team but needed more independent talent. And Yorks’ team simply is not up to par of the rest of the teams, but will get a lot better for the years to come.

  3. Coach Rogers on

    Coach Serra has run the Nanuet program for the past 5 seasons, he runs that program and he runs it well. Nanuet won the D2 title and had 3 place at states. Great year Knights.
    Coach Swick brought the North Rockland program to a new level. They won the duals, the county and the section. They beat every team they faced in section 1. They represented section 1 at the UE duals and the state tourney.
    No disrespect to Coach Yorks or myself but I don’t think we are in the race with the accomplishments the Nanuet and North Rockland programs reached this year. Thanks for the honor of being listed with these 3 very solid coaches.

  4. Rockland on the Rise on

    Coach Rodgers don’t sell yourself short. You had a fantastic season. Making it to the finals in the duals when nobody expected it. You always put out a strong lineup with plenty of depth. Open mats, away camps, off season tournaments (saw some of your boys wrestled at the MAWA’s) develops a great team. Coach Serra’s team was very strong this year running over all of D2. They even had a shot at upsetting North Rockland in their dual meet. Team was loaded with seniors and if he comes close to the season he had this year with next year he will get my pick. Coach Yorks team had a fine season and surprised a lot of people. He has a lot of talent on that team and I believe that next year will be his year. Coach Swick gets the award. I don’t care that he inherited this team. When you win the team duals and the section championship you’ve had an outstanding year.

  5. Coach Rodgers gets my vote. He has taken south from a team that had nothing to a team that takes 2nd in sect 1 duels in only 5 years. Also at both duel meets with NR and Nanuet this year, if 1 match had gone Souths way, South could have won. Both coach Serra and Coach Swick took over the helm of good teams already, did not build them like Coach Rodgers did.

  6. Coach Rogers on

    Relax new fan nobody started a program from scratch. I am glad Rockland County had a great season as a whole. My vote for Rockland Coach of the Year is Jeff Swick for Division 1 and Carmine Serra for Division 2. There, you now know who I would vote for!!!

  7. Based on this year’s team performance, Coach Serra is a clear choice over Coach Swick and Coach Rogers is a distant third. As a dual meet team (small school), Naneut walked through their Section I Dual tournament. With an undermanned team, they easily beat South during the season and lost a close dual against North Rockland. Coach Swick, as a first year coach, took over an intact team from Coach Guccione so I do not think he should be eligible yet ( He was not even eligible for his League Coach of the Year either due to being a first year head coach). Although South was a very solid team this year, I believe being Coach of the Year needs to encompass both team and individual performances as well. Nanuet dominated the small school championships and went on to place 3 wrestlers at the state tournament. South had 5 section placefinishers – a 3rd, 5th, and three 6ths which is decent but not necessarily great. Coach Serra was the Section I Coach of the Year and should be Coach of the Year in Rockland County as well.

  8. “They easily beat south during the season” ?! It came down to the last match!