• Eileen Allan - Field Hockey


    PLHS Graduate Class of 1979

    Graduate of East Stroudsburg University

    Physical Education and Drivers Education Teacher since 1983.

    Head Field Hockey Coach since 1986 years and previously served as Head Softball Coach for 10 years

    Over 400 career victories achieved with my field hockey athletes. 

    I have been blessed with tremendous athletes throughout my coaching career. While coaching softball we were league champions seven times, county champions one time, and state sectional champions four times. We played for the overall state championship twice but unfortunately fell short.

    In field hockey we have won nine league titles, fourteen county championships, and thirteen state sectional championships. PLHS played for the overall state championship three times winning the Group 1 State Championship in 1999. I have been fortunate to be named NJSIAA Coach of the Year, Passaic County Coach of the Year numerous times, and was honored as the Overall Passaic County Coach of the Year for all sports. Many of my athletes have been named to all-county and all state teams. I have been recognized as the Star Ledger, Record, and Suburban Trends Coach of the Year. I am very proud of the numerous athletes that have gone on the play both softball and field hockey at the collegiate level and become high school coaches throughout the state.


     Britney Allison -Girls' Basketball


     PLHS Graduate Class of 2010.

    Graduate of Centenary University.

    PLHS Special Education Teacher since 2019. This is my sixth year of teaching in total.

    Head Girls Basketball Coach since 2018.

    2015-2018 Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at Jefferson Township. 

    2015-2018 Assistant Softball Coach at Jefferson Township. 

    2016-2018 Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Jefferson Township. 

    2016-2017 Volunteer Unified Track & Field Coach at Jefferson Township.

    I’m proud to be back home in red and white; I’m grateful for the opportunity to coach and lead these hard-working athletes.


    Doug Batsch - Bowling


    Graduate of Marist College

    Middle School Special Education Teacher since 2002

    Head Coach and Junior Varsity Coach since 2002

    2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. 

    267-39 Varsity record, 258-20 JV record. 

    Proud coach of the 2014-2015 state individual bowling champion 

    10 League titles. 

    6 state sectional wins. 

    2 county tournament wins. 

    2012-2013 Passaic County Bowling Coach of the Year

    4 time NJIC Bowling Coach of the Year


     Thomas Clarke – Girls’ Soccer


    Graduate of Muhlenburg College

    I have been teaching Social Studies in Middle School/H.S. setting since 2004

    2004-2006 Assistant Varsity Boys' Soccer Coach at Nutley High School, leading team to first state tournament appearance in 10 years

    2007-2009 Head Boys' Soccer Coach at St. Mary's of Rutherford.  Set school record for wins in a season (2007 and 2008)

    Since 2011, coach of PLHS Girls' Soccer team, becoming head coach in 2013.  Team has made county semi-finals and state semi-finals.  Also, 2014 and 2019, team recorded the 2nd most wins in program history.

    2019 NJIC Coach of the Year

    2004-2007 - Boys' Basketball Coach (various levels) at Wallington High School

    2008-2009 - Girls' Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Kinnelon High School

    2009-Present - Freshman Boys' Basketball Coach at PLHS


    Kerriane Connor-  Girls’ Track and Field


    Graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey

    Head coach since 2020

    PLHS Math teacher since 2017

    I attended Dumont High School where I played soccer and competed as a four year varsity athlete on the winter and spring track and field teams, earning all league and all county honors.  I was a 4 event competitor in the Bergen County Meet of Champions.  I placed at the state sectional and state group levels, competing in the New Jersey State Meet of Champions three times.  As a high school athlete, I was a 4x most valuable player, broke league and county relay records, and still hold my high school's record in the indoor high jump.  My senior year, I was selected as my high school's NJSIAA Scholar Athlete where I was honored at the same event as Coach VanDerlofske!

    I went on to attend Ramapo College of New Jersey for my Bachelor's Degree and later my Master's Degree.  I competed on the track and field teams there, as well.  I placed at the conference level in the hurdles, triple jump, and high jump.  While at Ramapo, I was admitted to the Chi Alpha Sigma Athletic Honor Society and earned the honor each year of making the New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.  My relay team set the school record in the 100m shuttle hurdles and I remain on the college's top ten all time lists for 6 events.

    I have experience as a volunteer coach and guest events specialist at the middle and high school levels.  Here at Pompton Lakes High School, I became an assistant coach in 2019 and the Girls' Head Track and Field Coach in 2020.  I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this program and to help our athletes to grow while inspiring them with a love of the sport and the unique experience track and field has to offer them.

     Rachel Colvin - Girls Lacrosse


    Graduate of Adelphi University with a BS in Biochemistry

    Head Coach since 2021

    PLHS Science teacher since 2018

    In high school, I played field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse and golf.  

    I went on to play four years of field hockey at the Division II level at Adelphi University, where we berthed the NCAA tournament twice.  I earned my Masters degree in Adolescent Education in my 5th year at Adelphi while serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach.  

    I am so excited to help grow the game of Lacrosse at PLHS!


     Rob Edgar – Boys’ Soccer


     Graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University (BA) and Montclair State University (MAT) 

    English and Broadcast Journalism Teacher at PLHS since 2003-04 and serving as the boys’ varsity soccer coach since 2008. 

    College Playing Experience: Coach Edgar played 4 years of Division I soccer at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), starting three of those years. In 2000, the team reached the NCAA tournament after winning the NEC championship. They also were regionally and nationally ranked during that time period. 

    College Coaching Experience: Coach Edgar served as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2001 under long-time coach Seth Roland. During that season, the team captured the NEC championship and later reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament before falling to the University of North Carolina, the eventual champions, in triple overtime, 3-2. FDU finished the season ranked 11th nationally and had two members recognized on the All-American teams, respectfully.

    PLHS Coaching Accolades: League Champions (2008, 2011, 2016), 

    Suburban Trends “Team of the Year” (2013, 2015, 2016), 

    Suburban Trends “Coach of the Year” (2013), 

    NJIC Colonial Division “Coach of the Year” (2016), 

    Passaic County Honor Award (2016), 

    North I Group I State Sectional Champions (2017), 

    Group I State Champions (2017), 

    The Star-Ledger NJIC Overall "Coach of the Year" (2017), 

    The James La Cava Sr. Memorial Award Recipient (2018),

    Passaic County Overall “Coach of the Year” (2018-19), 

    Group I Northwest Regional State Champions (2020), 

    NJIC Division 3 “Coach of the Year” (2020), 

    Passaic County Boys Soccer “Coach of the Year” (2020).


    Other Accolades: Fairleigh Dickinson University Division I Hall of Fame Inductee (2013), 

    Pompton Lakes High School "Teacher of the Year" (2018-19), 

    Passaic County "Teacher of the Year" (2018-19).

     Coaching Licenses: New Jersey Youth Soccer “F” and “E” certificates.


    Matthew Hales – Girls’ & Boys’ Tennis


     Graduate of Sacred Heart University, BA History with a minor in Education, MA Social Studies Education

    Middle School History Teacher since 2003

    PLHS Boys' Tennis Coach since 2007, head coach since 2008

    PLHS Head Girls' Tennis Coach since 2012


    Boys Tennis – League Champions from 2007-2010

    Passaic County Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year, 2015 and 2018 

    Girls Tennis - 2nd place county finish 2014-2018

    Passaic County Honor Award Recipient, 2012  

    Assistant coach for both boys and girls fencing since 2011                                                      

    7th grade United States History at Lakeside Middle School since 2005

    6th/7th/8th grade Academically Talented/Gifted and Talented teacher since 2011

    Lakeside School Teacher of the Year, 2010


    Karyn Hennessy – Softball


    Graduate of Gettysburg College (played basketball)

    Spanish Teacher since 2000/Tech Coach since 2017

    Varsity Softball Coach since 2002

    JV Softball – Coached for 1 year

    JV Soccer – Coached for 10 years

    Freshmen Girls’ Basketball – Coached for 3 years

    Assistant Girls’ Track & Field – Coached for 1 year

    Softball League Championships – 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012

    Group 1, Section 1 Championships – 2007, 2008

    Group 1 Runner Up - 2007

    Named Passaic County Coach of the Year by the Bergen Record 2008

    Named PLHS Educator of the Year 2020

    I consider myself incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to coach so many wonderful student athletes. I strongly believe that sports teach athletes invaluable life lessons and help to prepare them for life's challenges. In our softball program we hope to steer our athletes to become better softball players, better students, and better people while working hard and having fun. 


     Matt Hennessy – Girls’ Cross-Country


    Graduate of the College of New Jersey

    High School English Teacher since 2002

    Head Cross County Coach since 2013

    Collegiate cross-country and track varsity athlete

    JV Girls Basketball: 2003-2009 (7 years)

    Assistant Girls Track: 2006-2011 (6 years)

    Varsity Girls Basketball: 2010-2018 (7 years)

    Varsity Girls Cross Country: 2013-present (5 years)


    Ryan McCleery - Boys' Basketball


     Graduate of James Madison University (BS - 2002) and St Peter's University (MA - 2019)

    Middle School History Teacher since  2002

    Head Basketball Coach since 2018

    Began as an assistant boys' basketball coach in 2006. 

    Assistant varsity baseball coach at Butler high school since 2003.

    New Jersey High School Football official since 2002.

    Began teaching 8th grade social studies at Lakeside School in 2002.

    Over the years, I have been blessed to coach several athletes who have continued their athletic career at the collegiate level.

    It is an honor for me to work with the student-athletes of Pompton Lakes.


    Scott Mahoney - Football, Wrestling


    PLHS Graduate Class of 1989

    Graduate of Edinboro University

    PLHS Physical Education and Health Teacher since

    2005 Passaic County Coach of the year for all sports


    Assistant coach 1994 – 2004 (11 Years)

    Head Coach 2005 – present (16 Years) Career Record 107 - 56

     4 -  North 1 Group 1 Sectional Champions ('05,'11,'12,'13)

     5 - BPSL/NJIC League Championships ('05,'11,'12,'13,'16,20)

     7 - State playoff qualifiers ('05,'07,'08,'11,'12,'13,'16, 17,18,19) 

     Three-Time Passaic County Coach of the Year ('05,'11,'13)

     New York Giants High School Coach of the Year, 2013



    Assistant Coach 1995-96

    Head Coach 1997-Present (24 years)   Career Record 387 – 157 – 2 

    North 1 Group 1 Sectional Champions, 2015

    District Champions, 2008,'17,18

    Walter Woods Tournament Champions, 2008

    Lakeland Tournament Champions, 1997,'99,'02,'03,'04,'05,'07,' 08,'14,'17

    Mountain Lakes Tournament Champions, '14

    B.P.S.L. / N.J.I.C. Championships, 1997,'01,'02,'03,'04,'05,'06,' 07,'08,'09,'10,'13,'14,'15,17, 18,19,20

    Passaic County Coach of the Year, 2002,'05



    Started program as a club team 2014

    Two years as JV coach 2015,2016

    Head Varsity coach 2017 – 2018 (2 Years)  Career Record 12 – 16

    Collegiate Wrestler at Edinboro University


    Rob Meyers - Boys' Lacrosse


    Became the Pompton Lakes High School Varsity Boy's Lacrosse coach in 2019 after serving as an Assistant Coach in 2018.

    Other experience includes coaching the New Jersey Thunder Elite since 2015 and working as an assistant football coach at Butler High School since 2017; winning a State Championship in 2018.

    Played collegiate lacrosse at Franklin Pierce University as a four-year starter and two-year captain.  Was named 2014 Rookie of the Year, a member of the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team Selection and named to the NEILA Division 2 Academic All-New England Team.  Also, selected to play in the NEILA Division 1, 2, and 3 All Star game.

    Played high school football for Pompton Lakes, winning consecutive State Championships in 2012 and 2013.  Won recognition as a two-time All League selection and First Team All County and All State Group 1 as a quarterback.

    Franklin Pierce University cum laude graduate; currently a school counselor at Butler High School.

    I love being a part of the PLHS Cardinal community, and helping to spread the passion for the the sport of Lacrosse. 


     Tom Owens- Boys' Fencing


     Graduate of Rowan University

    Special Education Teacher at PLHS since 2000

    JV Boys/Girls Fencing coach for 4 years

    Boys Varsity Fencing coach for 15 years  

    Weight Room Coordinator/Spring Season 

    Passaic County Fencing Coach of the Year Award Recipient


    Christine Parisi- Cheerleading 



    1996 Graduate of William Paterson University with a BS in Physical Education and Health

    2005 Graduate of Jersey City University with a MS in Health Education

    2006 Graduate of Marygrove College with a Masters in the Art of Teaching

     PLHS Physical Education and Health Teacher since 1998



    Head Football Cheering Coach since 2020

    Assistant Football Cheering Coach since 2018

    Head Basketball Cheering Coach since 2020

     Freshmen Field Hockey Coach (10 years)

    Assistant Girls track Coach (1 year)

    Head Girl’s Track Coach (1 year)


    Chris Patrick – Boys’ Cross Country/Winter Track/Track and Field


     Graduate of Albright College, BA in Political Science; University of Phoenix, MA in Education Administration

    PLHS History and Economics Teacher since 1997

    Boys XC: varsity, since 1997

    Indoor Track: varsity, since 1999

    Spring Track and Field, varsity, for 13 years

    24 years, History and Economics

    Teacher of the Year: 2001 – 2002

    Nominee for the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teaching Award, 2010

    Cross Country Career Record (1997 – 2020): 175 – 69

    Cross Country: New Jersey Group I Finalists: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009

    Cross Country: League Champions: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

    Cross Country: 2007 Season Opener Invitational Champions

    Spring Track and Field Career record (1999 – 2010) 93 – 45

    Spring Track and Field: Twin Boro Relay champions: 2006

    State Sectional Champions: 2006, 2007

    Spring Track and Field League Champions: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010


    Paul Smith – Girls’ Varsity Fencing


    PLHS Graduate Class of 2000

    Graduate of The College of New Jersey - Class of 2004

    PLHS history teacher since 2005


    Girls’ Varsity Fencing

    Head Coach, since 2012

    Assistant for two years prior to 2012

    2018-2019 BPFL Co-League Champions

    6th  Place finish in state squad tournament for foil (2016)

    1st Place Foil Squad – District 4 (2016)

    1st Place Epee Squad – District 1 (2020)

    Numerous individual champions at county / league level


    JV Softball coach since 2007

    Varsity Softball – Assistant coach for state runner-up in 2007.

    Graduate of College of New Jersey

    Girls’ Varsity Fencing

    Head Coach, since 2012

    Assistant for two years prior to 2012

    Numerous county individual champions

    Sixth place finish in state squad tournament for foil.


    JV Softball coach since 2007

    Varsity Softball – Assistant coach for state runner-up in 2007.


    Jill Snyder  ATC, LAT    Athletic Trainer


    Graduate of Ursinus College

    NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer since 1983

    NJ Licensed Athletic Trainer – State Board of Medical Examiners NJ

    VT State Licensed Athletic Trainer

    Holds a NJ Dept. of Education Athletic Trainer Certificate

    CPR/AED Health Care Provider Certified

    NJSIAA Wrestling Hydration Assessor


    Recipient of Bill Petty Memorial Athletic Service Award – The Old Timer's Athletic Association of Greater Paterson 6/5/16

    Recipient Passaic Co. Coaches Association – Service Award 2001

     Working at PLHS since 1991, 6-7 yrs prior @ 2  Div III small colleges

    While employed by Chilton/SMRNJ – 10 yrs contracted to PLHS – provided AT services to PLHS, helped organize Apple chase 10K race and other community service activities.

    Covered practices/games and traveled with the Olympic Field Hockey training squad

    Assigner for PCCA Passaic County Tournament Athletic Trainer coverage

    Member in past of ATSNJ Public Relations Committee

    Annually attend/obtain @ least 50 hrs of continuing education

    Speaker on Athletic Training as a career for PLHS Career Day multiple times

    Implemented BOE policy on Concussion management, have administered hundreds of baseline concussion tests and follow up post tests and coordinate return to play w MDs.

    Work closely with team physicians (NJOI – Dr McInerney/Palacios, +) to schedule annual free sports physicals, football game coverage, arrange prompt exams/imaging for injuries, often same day. Can contact MD’s anytime.

    Manage AT Yearly budget for HS and Hershfield Park sites

    Helped coordinate design and set up of new Athletic Training room area @ HS

    Asst Coach Girls Basketball FDU Madison/Asst. Athletic Trainer

    Camp Counselor/Coach/ATC Intercollegiate Field Hockey Camp

    Played 3 sports in HS, played Field Hockey in college


    Mike Riordan - Baseball



    B.A. Syracuse University, MAT Fairleigh Dickinson University

    Head Coach since 2020

    Social Studies teacher 1995-2001
    Social Studies Department Chairman 2002-Present
    Business Department Chairman since 2019
    Head Baseball Coach since 2020
    Assistant Baseball Coach PLHS 1995-2019
    Assistant Football Coach PLHS 1995-2004
    Assistant Baseball Coach Wayne Hills High School 1994-1995