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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