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It's the most wonderful time of the year here at The Pingry School! Students have returned, extracurricular activities are taking place, lots of learning is happening, and relationships are being developed. In addition to all of these exciting happenings across our campuses, Pingry is delighted to introduce you to the newest members of our talented team for the 2021-22 school year.

Big Blue Beat: Varsity Football

By Evan Haidri ’22

Head Coach:
Joe Passaro

Last season’s highlights:
In a year compromised by COVID-19, the Football Team faced the prospect of playing a shortened regular season, replete with no preseason preparation. While the adversity was reflected in the team’s record of 2-5, there were still many amazing moments, preeminent among them a dominant 38-19 win over rival school Newark Academy that included standout performances from Jacob Ventura ’22 and Thomas Robertozzi ’21.

What to watch for this season:
· Pingry welcomes new coach Joe Passaro, a former coach at Bernards High School who carries over the momentum of an eight-game win streak and a regional state championship just last year. He brings along a proven coaching staff consisting of former players and position coaches from across the country. The staff’s main goal is to restore a winning pedigree to Pingry’s football program.
· Many key players graduated last year, including Ore Shote ’21, Nolan Baynes ’21, Thomas Robertozzi ’21, and Noah Morris ’21. This year, the coaches aim to play to the strengths of the robust existing core of Zach and Jacob Ventura ’22, Niles Luke ’22, Matthew Caruso ’22, and Pete O’Mara ’23. This group will also take on a heavy leadership role for the young talent on the roster.
· Having a full preseason to prepare for the regular season will be a game-changer. Now that there is more flexibility with regards to COVID-19 regulations, the team will be able to use the extra time allotted to get fully acclimated to the demands of the new coaching staff.
· In a developmental transition year, the team’s main goal this year is to make explosive plays, improve the overall record, and ultimately create a winning culture.

Full-Court Press:
“The train is coming out of the station. We’re ready to roll, and the Pingry community is going to be surprised and excited by the product we put on the field.” —Head Coach Joe Passaro

Greg Waxberg ’96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review