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Star Coaches: November, 2012

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Chris Vaughan, Jeff Haba, Robert Braverman and Team Manager Denise Farlekas (pictured)
Mount Laurel
Vaughan, along with assistant coaches Haba and Braverman and manager Farlekas, have been leading Mount Laurel United’s U-14 Flash through an amazing year, recording stats of 40-7-6 from August 2011 until present. The girls finished 5th in the nation at the U.S. Club National Finals recently in Illinois, another accomplishment to add to a long list of wins—including, but not limited to, U.S. Club Regional champions, U.S. Club state champions, and finishing in first place in the MAPS soccer league with an undefeated fall season.

Brian Wright
Cherry Hill
After starting the season 1-3, Cherry Hill West’s football team fought until the end, ending up ninth in the league and falling just three spots short of the playoffs. Head coach Brian Wright took their rocky start and turned it around for an end-of-season record of 4-4. Wright’s team beat power players Bishop Eustace and Moorestown and placed them in eligibility for an end of season consolation match.

Scott Treiber
Marlton
Treiber led his Marlton Red Lightning 14U boys soccer team through a successful fall season, including blanking Washington United 2-0 in the NJYS State Cup Championship. They also came out on top of the Columbus Cup Yardley Tournament shortly after.

Assistant Coach Clay Choate, Manager Chuck Cottrell, and Assistant Coach Bob Rickabaugh
Tabernacle
This group of determined fall baseball coaches took their Elsinore Storm to the 2012 Pinelands League Rec Minors Championship. After advancing through a 10-9 win against the Indian Mills Sand Gnats, the young athletes beat the Tabernacle Louisville Bats with an impressive 6-0 win to take the title, earning an overall record of 12-2-2 for the year.

Nick Baker
Haddonfield
When high school cross country meets were canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Baker decided to take advantage of the open weekend and sprung into action. He enlisted the support of his boys cross country team, along with more than 100 athletes from nine schools, for an unscheduled 14-heat race on Haddonfield’s track that served as a fundraiser, raising more than $500 for hurricane victims. This wasn’t the first time Baker’s name was in the news recently. He also recorded his 150th straight dual meet win this season.

Rich Bostwick
Washington Township
In his first year as cross country coach, Bostwick led his team to their first Group 4 Sectional Championship win since 2005. They blew past their seventh place ranking in last year’s race, averaging 16:40. This season, the boys also won the Olympic Conference all-division championship for the second time in school history.

Bill Mulvihill
Moorestown
After his Quakers kicked off the season with a rough 0-3 start, Mulvihill rallied the troops and got the girls soccer team back on track, going 11-1-1 in their last 13 games. Mulvihill and his team were also the first South Jersey team to shut out their rivals, Bordentown, in 2012, ending the match with a 5-0 result.

Mike Borello
Medford
Borello coached the young athletes of his 10U BlueStorm soccer team to victory in the Pemberton Columbus Day Tournament last month, wrapping up the event with a 2-1 record. After a shutout first game was followed by a 1-2 loss, the coach stressed to the girls the importance of being aggressive on the field, and they listened. In the final game against Hainesport, they came out on top 2-1.

John Stanz
Voorhees
Stanz led the Vikings Marching Band at Eastern High School to first place at the Southern New Jersey Tournament of Bands Chapter 1 Championships Group 2A, where Julianne Borrelli was also awarded Best Drum Major. The band also took first place, along with best color guard and percussion, in the Tournament of Bands New Jersey State Championship Group 2A.

Mike Sutcliffe
Moorestown
Handlan’s boys soccer team earned its first Burlington County Scholastic League Liberty Division title since 2002. The team faced off against Delran on Oct. 17 to come out with a 3-3 tie after an intense, double-overtime game. The tie earned Moorestown and Handlan a season record of 10-0-1 in the Liberty Division, along with an 11-3-1 overall season record.

Scott McManus
Mount Laurel
McManus stood by the Lenape girls gymnastics team for years, and his experience paid off with an undefeated regular season. The team—which was ranked No. 1 in the state for a period of time this season—also took the Olympic Conference championship, with competitors earning individual awards in all around, bars and floor exercises.

John Denning
Moorestown
Denning and and his girls cross country team captured their 13th straight Burlington County Scholastic League Liberty Division title. Six of the school’s top runners placed in the top 11 places, earning the team a first place score of 28.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 9 (November, 2012).
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