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Gregorio named football coach of Crimson Knights

April 19, 2012

WALL TOWNSHIP— The Wall High School football program has found its replacement for former head coach Chris Barnes, who stepped down from the position in February after 12 seasons to spend more time with his family.

Barnes will be replaced by Nick Gregorio, an announcement made at Tuesday night’s Wall Township Board of Education meeting, according to Athletic Director Thomas Ridoux.

Gregorio, 32, is looking forward to taking over what he called a “great program.

“It is the perfect fit,” he said yesterday morning. “Wall is a first-class school district, a first-class community and the football program has a very proud tradition. It was everything I was looking for.”

After an in-depth screening process, Ridoux felt Gregorio was ultimately the right fit at Wall High School.

“He met all the criteria we were looking for,” the athletic director said. “He is extremely passionate about football, kids, coaching and has been involved in many successful programs. We couldn’t be happier that we found Nick.”

Ridoux noted that one of the main objectives was to find a candidate that shared the same views as Barnes in regard to producing strong student-athletes.

“We wanted to maintain that standard,” he said.

“I want to help everyone reach their full potential on the field and in classroom,” Gregorio said, on the subject of academics. “I want to use the sport of football to prepare them for life.”

Gregorio, who attended New Providence High School before playing football and being named an All-American in track at Montclair State University — where he was also an academic All-American — brings solid coaching experience to the Crimson Knights football program. After two years at Kean University as an assistant in 2007 and 2008, Gregorio was the head coach at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark for two seasons. Last year, Gregorio completed his second stint at Kean University as the offensive line coach.

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