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Words of Wisdom
How area coaches inspire athletes to go out and give it their all.

by Staff

Keith Walters, head coach, girls varsity soccer
Paul VI High School
“A roster can boast top-notch players, as our roster does, but it’s the athletes who come together under the PVI banner, playing for the love of the game, who will succeed. Fueled by our inspiring team Captains’ Leadership program, our players learn how athletics mirrors life—relationships and perseverance are key.” 

DJ Pinton, head coach, men’s soccer
Ramapo College of New Jersey
“As a new season approaches it is an exciting time—new opportunities, new challenges, new experiences, new memories. It is up to you as a collective unit to make the most of this. Individually what will you give? How will you perform? How will you support one another? Individually these are important questions and if answered positively by everyone there is nothing you cannot achieve as a team!” 

Georgina Morrell, head coach, field hockey
Our Lady of Mercy Academy
“OLMA is a community that thrives on pride, passion and purpose and on empowering young women to stop at nothing to achieve their dreams. That takes hard work and dedication— two things we teach the girls the value of in part through athletics. I had the opportunity three years ago to begin a field hockey program at OLMA. I grew up loving and learning so much from this sport. It’s an honor to be able to share that with the girls, as well as to see them excel.”

Tim Roken, head coach, football
St. Joseph’s Prep
“We demand excellence in everything we do. Whether it’s in the classroom, with our families, spiritually or related to work with our team, we have standards to meet and won’t be satisfied with falling short. We apply these standards daily to bring out the potential and passion in all of our students.”

Chad Hallett, owner/head strength and conditioning coach
Adrenaline Sports Performance
 “We prepare young athletes for the next level of success and give them a head start in their athletic careers. The programs we offer are personalized according to your needs. It takes more than talent! Commitment, determination, energy, coachability and wanting to learn and perform better than you did yesterday are the undeniable traits of a true athlete.”  

Marcus Hammond, owner/managing director, quarterback coach
Next Level Greats Football Club
“I inspire athletes with this quote from Will Smith: ‘The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.’”

Mike Schlotterbeck, head coach, boys soccer
Moorestown Friends School
“Two words we emphasize in our program are respect and communication. That covers a lot off the field and on the field.  We want to develop students as players and, more importantly, as people.”

Jonathan DiJamco, assistant director for student life, athletics and baseball Cumberland Dukes 
Rowan College of South Jersey
“I tell every student-athlete to strive to be a really good teammate,  to enjoy your teammates’ success. Teams that exude family values always become champions in the end. I have learned that the best teammates eventually grow into great employees, community leaders and, most importantly, great parents.”

Rob Valli, head coach and instructor, baseball Gloucester Roadrunners
Rowan College of South Jersey
“Baseball requires many skills; developed slowly over time. Invest in your development plan and the game will reward you. Always bring great energy and enthusiasm to everything that you do and never lose your hustle.” 

Clarence Jackson, skills coach
CJ Skills Academy
“To all young athletes, work hard in silence. This generation is filled with loud noise and some- times it can take you off the path and force you to work hard for the wrong reasons through social media as it has become a major platform. Stay true to yourself, believe in yourself always no matter what and have fun with it!”

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 5 (July 2019).
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