Lucas Monserrat '17, Obi Nnaeto '18, and Shea Smith '18 are just three of more than two dozen college athletes using the Greig Center over their winter break to stay in shape.
The nation's winningest high school soccer coach and seven-time New Jersey State Coach of the Year, Pingry's very own Miller Bugliari '52—Head Coach of the Boys' Varsity Soccer Team since 1960—recently received another prestigious honor. The governing body of high school sports in the U.S.—the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)—has named him an inductee into the 2018 National High School Hall of Fame. In the nearly 40-year history of the award, only three other New Jersey coaches have been inducted.
Coach Bugliari is one of twelve individuals—and five coaches—selected to this year's Hall of Fame, and joins other national high school greats such as Tom Osborne, the 1955 Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year, who later led the University of Nebraska to three national football championships in 25 years as the school's coach, and Dorothy Gaters, the Illinois state leader with 1,106 career victories in 42 years as the girls' basketball coach at John Marshall High School in Chicago.
In a statement, the NFHS summarized Coach Bugliari's many career accomplishments, referring to him as an icon at Pingry. "[He is] the all-time leader nationally in boys' soccer coaching victories with a 850-116-75 record in 58 years . . . The 82-year-old Bugliari has . . . led his teams to 26 Prep A and New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) state championships. His teams have registered 20 undefeated seasons and won 27 county championships. Bugliari has been named New Jersey State Coach of the Year seven times, and he has earned four National Coach of the Year awards. He is a former president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was inducted into the NSCAA Hall of Fame and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006."
The Hall of Fame honor came at the recommendation of the NJSIAA and Pingry, both of whom put forth his nomination. "Induction into NFHS's Hall of Fame is highly selective," says Director of Athletics Carter Abbott. "Pingry could not be more pleased for him, nor could we be prouder of his legacy—not merely the great success of the program he has built over the last 58 years, but the positive impact he has had on so many of our school's student athletes."
The Executive Director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), Larry White, added, "It is a great honor for The Pingry School and for NJSIAA that Miller Bugliari, the winningest high school soccer coach of all time, will be inducted into the National Federation of High Schools Hall of Fame on July 2, 2018 in Chicago at the 99th summer meeting of the NFHS. Miller is the fourth New Jersey coach and the eleventh total recipient from the Garden State to be honored by the NFHS."
On the heels of the Hall of Fame distinction, Coach Bugliari received yet another. On March 1, NJ.com published an article ranking New Jersey's 50 greatest all-time coaches. Where did Miller fall? In a lineup beside the incomparable Vince Lombardi (#1), longtime Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer (#6), and legendary track & field coach at Seton Hall, John Moon (#48), he came in at #42.
"To be recognized by both the NFHS and NJ.com is a great honor," says Coach Bugliari. "I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach so many wonderful kids, and I am appreciative of the support the Pingry community has shown me over the years."
Congratulations, Coach Bugliari!
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