Coach Mary Beth Coleman wins “Girls Soccer Coach of the Year”

September 29th, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 23, 2014

Mary Beth Coleman of RFH Is New Jersey’s

“Girls Soccer Coach of the Year”


Rumson – The New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association has announced Rumson-Fair Haven

Regional High School’s Mary Beth Coleman as 2013-14 Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.


“I am honored to be selected for this award by the NJSCA,” said Coleman. “Our accomplishment

last season was extremely exciting, and it could have not have happened without all of the

efforts from my players and Assistant Coaches Donna Dini and Jeff Herkimer.”


“This is a reflection of everybody’s hard work all year long and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Coleman has been the RFH Head Girls Soccer Coach for the past nine years and has been with

the program for 13 years. She led her team to its first Group II State Championship in 2008,

and repeated the feat in 2013. In addition to capturing a second State Championship, the 2013

team ended the season with a record of 16-7.


“Coach Coleman did an incredible job with last year’s team,” said Chris Lanzalotto, RFH Director

of Athletics and Student Activities. “She had just one returning senior and had to overcome

several major injuries to her players in her quest to win the Group II Championship.”


Each year, the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association and the New Jersey State

Interscholastic Athletic Association choose one coach from each sport to represent the state of

New Jersey for the prestigious “Coach of the Year” awards.


Coleman will be honored on March 29, 2015 at a Hall of Fame Luncheon to be held at the Pines

Manor in Edison, New Jersey.


A member of the RFH class of ’88, Coleman graduated in 1992 from Villanova University where

she played women’s basketball. She received her teaching degree from Kean University in 1995,

and is a Health and Physical Education teacher at RFH.


Ever the competitor, Coleman will not be content to rest on her laurels after what she

described as “a GREAT last year.”


“In addition to winning the Girls Soccer Group II Championship, I got married in August and led

the girls’ basketball team at Forrestdale School in Rumson to a League Championship,” she said.

“I am not sure I can ever top the 2013-14 school year, but I will continue to try!”



Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Press Release Writer or 908-347-8885

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