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Star Coaches: October, 2011

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family magazine

Joe Falana (pictured), Haddonfield
After more than a decade with Haddonfield Memorial, the varsity boys’ soccer head coach won his 600th personal coaching victory in a game against Sterling High School on Oct. 5. Falana is one of just six coaches in South Jersey to achieve this milestone.

Stephen Shaklee, Marlton
Shaklee led Cherokee’s cross country team to nab a boys’ team title at the South Jersey Cross Country Shootout at Gloucester County College last month. The Chiefs scored 15 points in three varsity races during the competition.

Tom Trotman, Cherry Hill
This 27-year veteran Cherry Hill West baseball coach was just inducted into the Camden County Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a South Jersey Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Pennsylvania Baseball Hall of Fame member. Under his guidance his teams won South Jersey titles in nine years.

Casey Corigliano, Washington Township
Led by director Corigliano, the Minutemen marching band has an impressive year ahead, with local competitions and an appearance at college football’s Bowl Championship Series Championship Game band competition and halftime show in New Orleans this January. Corigliano’s group will perform in both the pre-game and halftime show for the national championship game.

PJ Mehigan, Marlton
This physical education teacher and football coach was named the Cherokee North Employee of the Month for September. In his nine years as the head coach, the Chiefs have won three Group Four championships and in 2010 became the first Cherokee team to go undefeated since 1985.

Sandy Stockl, Washington Township
Washington Township High School Lacrosse coach Stockl was selected in Sept. by the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association as a State Coach of the Year.

Mike Busarello, Haddonfield
Busarello’s girls’ cross country team placed third in Division E at the Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel. Two of his runners, Shelby Cain and Meghan Malloy, finished in the top four.

Danyle Heilig, Voorhees
Heilig reached a major milestone as a coach, notching her 300th win as the Eastern field hockey head coach, during a 10-0 win over Paul VI on Sept. 16. Her winning team has 12 consecutive Group IV state championship titles under their belt.

Gregory Ogden, Cinnaminson
The Cinnaminson head coach led his 8U baseball team to reach the state tournament for the first time in the town’s history. Ogden also coaches the 9U and 10U teams, which also made appearances at state level.

Steve Kosyla, Voorhees
When Eastern football Coach Kosyla suddenly became ill, his team didn’t give up. In fact, it was his spirit and teachings that led the athletes to push harder on the field, securing a shutout victory over Lenape in an Olympic Conference American Division game – their first of the season. Though Kosyla was hospitalized, he still managed to stay in touch and motivate the team, getting text message updates throughout the game

Jack Walsh, Mount Laurel
Lenape Coach Walsh’s girls’ cross country team placed second at the Olympic Conference American Division cross country championship on Oct 5, with 35 points.

Patrick Progar¸Medford
The Medford Strikers Victory U12 Girls’ soccer team, led by Coach Progar, rolled through Pittsgrove’s Labor Day soccer tournament, winning their age division with three solid shut-outs.

Mary Stefano, Moorestown
Stefano was recognized by the Moorestown Parks and Recreation department for her role running both the field hockey and lacrosse programs, dedicating hours to running practices, coaching games and acting as an “unofficial cheerleader” for her team. Stefano is also an inductee into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and played field hockey at Penn State.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 8 (October, 2011).
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