• Eileen Allan - Field Hockey

    eileen.allan@plps.org

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

    Physical Education and Drivers Education Teacher since 1984.

    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

    Member of the PLHS Class of 2010.  Played varsity basketball at PLHS and then continued my career at Centenary College as a member of the women's basketball team.

    Currently is a teacher in the Jefferson School District and previously coached girls' basketball at Jefferson.  Also, coaches field hockey and softball for Jefferson.

    I am very excited to be back home wearing cardinal red and white!

    Doug Batsch - Bowling

    doug.batsch@plps.org

    Varsity and Junior Varsity bowling since 2003.

    Graduate of Marist College in 2002. 

    I have been teaching Special Education at Lakeside Middle School since 2002.  

    2012-2013 Teacher of the Year. 

    222-32 Varsity record, 218-8 JV record. 

    Proud coach of the 2014-2015 state individual bowling champion 

    8 League titles. 

    5 state sectional wins. 

    2 county tournament wins. 

    2 time Passaic County Bowling Coach of the Year

    3 time NJIC Bowling Coach of the Year

     

    Melanie Berlinger – Cheerleading (Fall & Winter)

    melanie.berlinger@plps.org

    Graduate of Monmouth University

    Varsity Cheerleading Coach since 2016

    English as a Second Language Teacher (ESL) at Pompton Lakes High School & Lakeside Middle School since 2015.

    I was born and raised in Pompton Lakes. I was part of the cheerleading program from 2nd-8th grade. Although I did not attend PLHS, I continued my cheerleading career in high school, competitively and recreationally. Coming back to Pompton Lakes and beginning my career not only as a teacher, but as a coach has been a dream come true. I truly believe once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal.

     

    Thomas Clarke – Girls’ Soccer

    thomas.clarke@plps.org

    Graduate of Muhlenburg College

    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 team recorded the 2nd most wins in program history.

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

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

    2009-Present - Freshman Boys' Basketball Coach at PLHS

    I have been teaching Social Studies in Middle School/H.S. setting since 2003  

     

    Rob Edgar – Boys’ Soccer

    robert.edgar@plps.org

    Boys’ varsity soccer coach since 2008.

    I have been a teacher at PLHS since 2003.  I teach English and Broadcast Journalism

    College Playing Experience: I played 4 years of Division I soccer at Fairleigh Dickinson University, starting three of those years. In 2000, we reached the NCAA tournament after winning the NEC championship.

    College Coaching Experience: One year as an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University where the team reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament before falling to University of North Carolina, the eventual champions, in triple overtime. The team finished the season ranked 11th nationally.

    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).

    Other Accolades:  farleigh Dickinson Division I Hall of Fame Inuctee (2013), Pompton Lakes High School "Teacher of the Year" (2018-190), Passaic County "Teacher of the Year" (2018-19).

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

     

    Matthew Hales – Girls’ & Boys’ Tennis

    matthew.hales@plps.org

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

    PLHS Head Girls' Tennis Coach since 2012

    Boys Tennis – League Champions from 2007-2010

    2011-2012 Passaic County Coach of the Year for Girls Tennis

    2015 Girls Tennis - 2nd place county finish 2014-2017

    Assistant coach for both boys and girls fencing since 2011                                                     

    I have been teaching 7th grade United States History at Lakeside Middle School since 2005

    Lakeside School Teacher of the Year, 2010

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

    Karyn Hennessy – Softball

    karyn.hennessy@plps.org

    Graduate of Gettysburg College

    Varsity Softball – Coaching 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

    PLHS Spanish teacher – Began teaching at PLHS in 2001

    PLHS Instructional Technology Coach – began position in September 2017

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

    Group 1, Section 1 Championships – 2007, 2008

    Group 1 Runner Up - 2007

     

    Matt Hennessy – Girls’ Cross-Country

    matthew.hennessy@plps.org

    Graduate of the College of New Jersey

    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)

    I have been an English teacher at PLHS since 2002.

     

     

    Ryan McCleery - Boys' Basketball

    ryan.mccleery@plps.org

    Began as an assistant boys' basketball coach in 2006 and became the head boys' coach in 2018.

    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.

     

    John Miller – Boys’ Track and Field

    john.miller@plps.org

    Freshmen Football Coach since 2015

    Varsity Assistant Football Coach since 2015

    Varsity Wrestling Coach since 2014 – 4 years (volunteer) 2 years Varsity

    Head Boy’s Track and Field Coach since 2012

    ABA Therapist since 2015, working previously at Lakeside and currently in the High School's Life Skills Program.

    I graduated from Pompton Lakes High School in the year 2000.  I had the privilege of being a three sport student-athlete for my entire tenure as a Cardinal. I was a three year starter and senior Captain in football and track as well as a four year starter and senior captain in wrestling where I placed 7th at the New Jersey State Wrestling Championships. A two time All-Passaic county award winner for wrestling and football. I was also runner up Athlete of the Year for Passaic County my senior year. Finished up my athletic career wrestling Division I at Sacred Heart University as a four year starter. Graduated cum laude in 2004.  Coaching football, wrestling and track is my passion and there is no better place in the world to work and coach then Pompton Lakes High School.

    Scott Mahoney - Football, Wrestling

    scott.mahoney@plps.org

    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 (13 Years) Career Record 85 - 41

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

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

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

     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 (21 years)   Career Record 339 – 133 – 2 

    North 1 Group 1 Sectional Champions, 2015

    District Champions, 2008,'16

    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

    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 – present (1 Year)  Career Record 8 – 8

    Collegiate Wrestler at Edinboro University

     

    Rob Meyers, Boys' Lacrosse

    Began as the varsity boys' lacrosse coach in 2019 after serving as an assistant coach in 2018.

    Other experience includes coacing 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.

    Played high school football for Pompton Lakes, winning consecutive state championships in 2012 and 2013.  Won recogntion as a two-teim all league selection and first-team All County and All State Group 1 as a quarterback.

    I graduated cum laude from Franklin Pierce University and am currently pursuing a Masters in School Counseling at Montclair State University.  

     

    Tom Owens Boys’ & Girls’ Fencing

    tom.owens@plps.org

    Boys Varsity/Girls Varsity Fencing  for 12 years  

    Weight Room Coordinator/Spring Season 

    Special Education Teacher at PLHS since 1999

    Passaic County Fencing Coach of the Year Award Recipient

     

    Chris Patrick – Boys’ Cross Country & Winter Track

    christopher.patrick@plps.org

    Boys XC: varsity, since 1997

    Indoor Track: varsity, since 1999

    Spring Track and Field, varsity, for 12 years

    21 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 – 2016): 146 – 63

    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

    paul.smith@plps.org

    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.

    Pompton Lakes High School as a history teacher since 2005

     

    Jill Snyder  ATC, LAT    Athletic Trainer

    jill.snyder@plps.org

    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

     

    Paul Tanis - Baseball

    paul.tanis@plps.org

    Baseball Head Coach since 1998

    Assistant Baseball Coach from 1987-1998

    13 - League Titles

    3 -  County Championships

    2 -  State Sectional Championships

    2 - Appearances in the Group I Finals

    1994 Pompton Lakes Passaic County Honor Award

    Three-time Passaic County Baseball Coach of the Year

    2013 Overall Passaic County Coach of the Year

    Four-time Bergen County Umpires Association Sportsmanship Award

    Record and Suburban Trends newspaper Coach of Year several times

    Twenty seasons as an Assistant PLHS Football Coach

    Physical Education and Health Teacher in Pompotn Lakes since 1987

     

    Danielle Wankmuller  Girls’ Track and Field

     

    Assistant Spring Track and Field Coach since 2016, specializing in work with sprinters and hurdlers.  We have had numerous athletes qualify for the Group Finals

    Head coach since 2019

    PLHS Hisotry teacher since 2016

    As an athlete, I was an All Bergen County pole vaulter in high school.  I vaulted at Ramapo College and was named an All NJAC Conference Pole Vaulter, and All-Academic NJAC Student Athlete and an ECAC Division III qualifier, New Balance Invitational Qualifier and a Penn Relays Qualifier

    My previous coaching experience incldues being the head coach for Winter Track and Field at Villa Walsh, a volunteer coach at Pascack Hills High School (2014-2016) and privately coaching pole vaulting since 2011

    danielle.wankmuller@plps.org