• Eileen Allan - Field Hockey
    eallan@plps.org

    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
    ballison@plps.org

     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
    dbatsch@plps.org

    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
    tclarke@plps.org

    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 and et 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
    kconner@plps.org

    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 VanDerlofske - Girls Lacrosse
    rvanderlofske@plps.org

    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
    redgar@plps.org

    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
    mhales@plps.org

    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
    khennessy@plps.org

    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
    mhennessy@plps.org

    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)

     

    Scott Mahoney - Football, Wrestling
    smahoney@plps.org

    PLHS Graduate Class of 1989
    Graduate of Edinboro University

    PLHS Physical Education and Health Teacher

    2005 Passaic County Coach of the year for all sports

    Football        

    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

     

    Wrestling          

    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

     

    Lacrosse    

    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
    meyers1119@yahoo.com

    Became the Pompton Lakes High School Varsity Boys 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
    towens@plps.org

    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 
    cparisi@plps.org

     

    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

     

    Coaching:

    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 Girls Track Coach (1 year)

     

    Chris Patrick - Boys Cross Country/Winter Track
    cpatrick@plps.org

    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

     

    Adalberto Ruiz - Boys Basketball
    aruiz@plps.org

    Graduate of Marist College (BS, 2008)
    Graduate of St. Peter's University (MA, 2014)

    College Playing Experience:
    4 year member of the Marist College Football team
    2 MAAC Championships (2006, 2007)

    Coaching Experience:
    Head Girls Basketball Coach at Harrison HS (2010-2016) with a record of 84-74
    Associate Head Coach at St. Peter's Prep (2016-2021) with a record of 81-29
    2 Hudson County Championships
    2 Sectional Final Appearances

    Paul Smith - Girls Varsity Fencing
    psmith@plps.org

    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
    JV Softball coach since 2007

     

    Jill Snyder  ATC, LAT    Athletic Trainer
    jsnyder@plps.org

    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
    Member NATA, EATA, ATSNJ, NYSATS

    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
    mriordan@plps.org

    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