JAY BELLAMY – Defensive Backs and Wide Receiver Coach
We are thrilled to have Coach Bellamy as part of the Let’em Play Coaching Staff. Jay has been coaching at his alma mater, Matawan Regional HS in Matawan, NJ as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for over 10 years. Coach Bellamy has an awesome playing resume which includes his time at Rutgers U. and his 14 year career in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks.
JAMON DUNN – Wide Receiver and Defensive Backs Coach
Coach Dunn has been doing an outstanding job working with the student athletes of Let’em Play. As a former Football and Track and Field student athlete in high school an college Coach Dunn brings a world of personal and professional knowledge to the positions he instructs. Coach Dunn does not like to brag but he was a 2 year captain in college. A honor that few individuals have accomplished at his alma mater, Kean U.
Coach Dunn has been an assistant coach at Franklin High School since 2007 where he coaches both football and track and field.
CRAIG CICARDO – Quarterbacks Coach and Behavioral Management Coach
Coach Craig Cicardo is a professional educator who has been a high school and college football coach for 25 years. Coach has served as a high school head football coach for 14 years at two high schools, Mater Dei (New Monmouth, NJ) and Pinelands Regional (Tuckerton, NJ). From 2005-2010, Coach C was the Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Lacey Twp. high school. In that time, the Lions were 56-14, with two 12-0 South Jersey Group III Champs in 2006 and 2010.
Coach started his career at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, serving as a graduate assistant wide receiver coach. In 2004, he was the wide receiver’s coach at Monmouth University and had the honor of being part of a team that was named the 1-AA Mid-Major National Champions.
From 2011-2013, Coach was a member of the staffs at The College of New Jersey (QB Coach) and Kean University (Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach), and spends his days as a Dean of Behavioral Management at Lacey Township High School.
GERRY GALLAGHER – Running Backs Coach
We are very proud and honored to announce that Coach Gerry Gallagher will be coaching with us at Let’em Play… Coach Gallagher has coached high school and college football since 1973. He has run the Wing-T offense for forty of his 41 years. He has the most wins at 2 high schools – Morris Catholic and Montville and at William Paterson University. He has won numerous Coach of the Year honors and has been inducted into 4 different Halls of Fame including the New Jersey Football Coaches Association and William Paterson University Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the New Jersey Football Coaches Association and serves as president of the Morris County Football Coaches Association. Coach Gallagher has coached in several all-star games. Among these was the 2008 U.S. Army All American Game. As head coach of the North Squad his offense set a record for points scored in the 2013 New Jersey North-South Game. Coach has lectured throughout the country on various Wing-T topics.
DAVE LEPOIDEVIN – Founder – Wide Receiver/Defensive Back/Quarterback Coach
Known as Coach Lep, Dave has been coaching high school football for over 12 years. Dave has spent his coaching career working with defensive backs, wide receivers and quarterbacks and has successfully trained and guided multiple student athletes to all conference, all area and all state status’.
Over Dave’s coaching career he has assisted in the coordination of defenses that had participated in 4 state championships, from 2006 – 2009, winning in 2006. In 2007 Dave’s defensive backs were ranked #2 in the state of New Jersey as voted by the NJ Football Magazine.
Dave has had the pleasure of coaching student athletes from all over the United States. Some of Dave’s former players have or are playing at the highest levels… Theo Riddick – U. of Notre Dame/Detroit Lions, John Mack – Southern U., Tashawn Bowers – Louisiana State U., Anthony Cioffi – Rutgers U., DaMario Jones – U. of Michigan, Shayne Jones – Villanova U., Trevor Socarras – Lehigh University, Mike Kuhn – U. of Maine, Derek Beck – Bethune Cookman University, Jameer Outsey – Iowa U., Jason Arrington – Assumption College, Frank DeNick Jr. – Bucknell U., Tyler Scott – East Stroudsburg, U., Terry Popa – Shippensburg U… Just to name a few. Coach Lep has had the honor of being the position coach to hundreds of student athletes that have or are currently playing at all levels of competition.
As a student athlete Dave enjoyed a successful high school career in both football and baseball. He was recognized as an all county, all conference, all area and all state student athlete. He was also his high school team captain which he considered his highest honor! Dave went on to participate in two sports at Fairleigh Dickinson University. After a career ending football injury he continued to participate in baseball where he was recognized as the Rookie of the Year in 1988 for his efforts.
GREG LUSARDI – Defensive Backs Coach
Let’em Play is honored to have Coach Lusardi as our Defensive Backs Coach. With nearly four decades of coaching experience under his belt Coach Lusardi is one of footballs premier coaches at any level.
Coach Lusardi is currently coaching at William Paterson University where he serves as the outside linebackers coach as well as the program’s recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator.
This is somewhat of a home coming for Coach Lusardi as he previously served as the team’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach from 1989-94. He was instrumental to the Pioneers establishing their best five-year record in school history (31-20-1), including bids to the 1993 NCAA Playoffs and the 1991 ECAC Playoffs.
Coach Lusardi spent the last nine years as the head football coach at Morris Catholic High School, where he helped develop six all-state, 24 all-county and 28 all-conference players during his tenure. In 2007, he was honored as the Morris County Coach of the Year by the Star Ledger.
Prior to Morris Catholic Coach Lusardi served as the head coach at Pace University from 1994-2005. Coach Lusardi achieved a top-10 ranking among Division II non-scholarship schools during nine of his 11 seasons. He also mentored 28 All-Americans during his time at the helm.
Early in Coach Lusardi’s career, he served as the offensive coordinator at The Defiance College from 1988-89, and the head (1984-88) and assistant (1977-84) coach at Morris Catholic High School where he led the program to the state finals in 1987.
Coach Lusardi earned a bachelor of science in health and physical education from Slippery Rock State College in 1975, where he spent two seasons as a player and one year as a student assistant for the football team, and completed a master of arts degree in athletic administration at Montclair State in 1985.
JOE MARTUCCI Sr. – Running Back/Linebacker Coach
Let’em Play is honored to have Coach Martucci back on the Let’em Play staff… Coach Martucci has been the head coach at Matawan Regional High School for the past 28 years. His overall record as a head coach was 197 – 181 with 1 tie. He won 10 Conference Championships, 5 State Championships and competed in the state playoffs 19 out of 29 years with 8 trips to the finals.
During Coach Martucci’s career he was named Central New Jersey Coach of the Year 3 times, New Jersey Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2011- 2012, Shore Conference Coach of the Year 2 times, Division Coach of the Year 8 times, County Coach of the Year 8 times, Nike Elite Coach of the Year in 2009, NJSCA Hall of Fame in 2008, Governor’s Bowl – Northeast Classic Hall of Fame in 2008, NJSIAA Football Honor Award in 2002, NJFCA Hall of Fame Chairman in 1991 and 2007, NFJCA County Representative in 1991 and 2009, NJFCA Vice President in 2009 and 2011, NJFCA President in 2011 – 2012, named to Governor’s Bowl Executive Committee, named to Northeast Classic Executive Committee, named to the Shore Conference Football Coaches Executive Committee and Trustee, named to the Monmouth/Ocean Football Classic Executive Committee, named to the Matawan Regional High School Football Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012.
After retiring from coaching at the high school level Coach Martucci went on to the college level where he serves as the running backs coach at Kean University.
JARED MAZZETTA – Tight Ends, Defensive Line
Coach Mazzetta is head coach at North Hunterdon Regional High School. Coach Mazzetta has 8 years’ experience coaching football on the high school level as an assistant coach. Special Teams coordinator/Defensive Coordinator/Offensive Coordinator (4 years)
Coach Mazzetta played Tight End collegiality at The University of Virginia Tech where he was a 4 year letter winner. Coach Mazzetta was named captain his senior year of the 2004 ACC championship team. Coach Mazzetta also competed in 4 major NCAA bowl games.
Coach Mazzetta has 8 years’ experience as head strength and conditioning coach at North Hunterdon. Coach Mazzetta currently works for TEST Sports Club, Martinsville, NJ where he instructed football specific speed/strength training and skill drills for NFL, college, high school, and middle school aged players.
JIM MEERT – Offensive Line Coach
We are proud and honored to have Coach Meert back as our Offensive Line Coach at Let’em Play. Coach Meert has an extensive coaching resume both at the high school and college levels.
Coach Meert won over 100 games while head coach at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. Coach Meert was named the Star Ledger Coach of the Year in 1998, Easton Express Coach of the Year in 1998. Coach Meert was also named the NJSIAA Coach of the Year – 1999. Coach Meert was named to the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame – Delaware Chapter – Coach of the Year – 1998. Coach Meert had the pleasure of coaching the National Gatorade Player of the Year, Tom Bill, in 1985 – Tom went on to play at Penn State U. followed by a short NFL career.
Recently Coach Meert has had the honor of coaching the Offensive Line at The College of New Jersey
Coach Meert graduated in 1975 from Saint Francis College where he led the Red Flash as their quarterback to the best season in school history 8-1
ANTHONY PETRAGLIA – Offensive and Defensive Line
Coach Petraglia is an assistant coach at North Hunterdon Regional HS. He previously coached at Hunterdon Central and Del Val High School before joining the North coaching staff. A 2000 graduate of Hunterdon Central, he was a heralded athlete in both football and lacrosse. He continued to play football at Widener University and his contributions on the gridiron were celebrated all 4 years that he was at Widener, including several appearances in many National Playoff Games. Coach Petraglia earned a Masters in Special Education at New Jersey City University. He teaches Special Education at North. In addition to coaching football, he also coaches lacrosse and is the assistant weight room instructor.
JOEY PORTER – Defensive Backs and Wider Receivers
Coach Porter comes to Let’em Play after his professional playing career. Coach Porter played at Rutgers University and signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Coach Porter also had stints with the Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Locomotives, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders. Coach Porter is currently coaching football at Franklin High School in Franklin, NJ.
TONY RACIOPPI – Quarterbacks Coach
Known as Coach Raz Tony has 12 years of experience as an Offensive coordinator/Quarterback Coach at both the college and high school levels.
In addition to Tony’s high school and college experience he has also served as a summer Intern Coach for Jacksonville Jaguars for 2 seasons (2013 – 2014) and he has been chosen to be a Counselor for the Manning Passing Academy in 2015! Tony has coached over 10 Division 1 players over 2 high schools.
As a (student) athlete Tony signed 4 pro contracts and played Professionally for 3 Seasons.
He was a starting Quarterback and all conference selection in both Europe and the Arena Leagues. He was a 2 time All American Quarterback at Rowan University and he was the National Division III player of the year runner up in 2001. Tony is still one of the top 25 rated passers in NCAA history. He still owns a NCAA record for TD passes in a quarter (5). He was selected twice as the ECAS and NJAC player of the year. Tony led all of college football in TD passes (47) and yards passing (3700) in 2001. He still owns numerous school and conference passing records. Tony was rated in top 15 Quarterbacks by the BLESTO Report entering 2003 NFL Draft. He was NJ Sportswriters College Football Player of the Year in 2001 and Philadelphia Sportswriters College Football Player of the Year in 2001.
LEROY THOMPSON – Defensive Line Coach
Coach Thompson played in the Arena Football League for 13 years. He has played for the Albany/Indiana Firebirds (1996–2004), the New Orleans VooDoo (2005) and the Columbus Destroyers (2006–2008). He played college football at Delaware State University where he was a first team Division I-AA All-American and holds all quarterback sack records. Coach Thompson payed with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL in 1996 and also with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 1994.
In 2012, Thompson was a member of Chuck Pagano‘s Indianapolis Colts coaching staff through the NFL Coaching Fellowship Intership Program. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff in the 2011 training camp through the same program, where he served as assistant coach under former defensive line coach Jim Washburn. He also coached on the college level as an assistant coach at Wesley College and Lincoln University (Pa.). In 2013, Thompson was named the defensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Power.Coach Thompson has primarily worked on the defensive side of the ball throughout his coaching career. Coach Thompson is currently coaching at Timber Creek HS in Sicklerville, NJ.
CHARLES TRENTACOSTI – Defensive Line Coach
Let’em PLay is thrilled to have Coach Trentacosti back working with the defensive line this year! Known as Coach T, Coach Trentacosti joined the spent the past couple of years with William Paterson University as an Assistant Coach where he worked with the defensive line
Coach Trentacosti brought a wealth of high school coaching experience to the WPU staff, most recently serving as the Head Coach, Offensive and Defensive Coordinator at Ridgefield Memorial High School (2006-10). Coach was also the Defensive Coordinator and Line Coach at Ridgefield High School from 2001-05 coach also served as the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator from 2000-2005. Coach served as the Running Backs and Linebackers Coach at North Bergen High School from 1985-87. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Bergen County Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game from 2006-08
As a student athlete Coach T attended North Bergen High School where he received all North Bergen, NJ – All-County First Team Fullback and Linebacker and All-State Second Team Linebacker honors. Coach T then went on to Ithaca College where he graduated with a BS in Health and Physical Education
Adam Dubiel – Bound Brook HS
Burnell Branch – Woodrow Wilson HS – Coach Branch has been playing football since he was in the seventh grade and continued through college. Over the years coach Branch has played multiple positions (FS, CB, QB, WR) and was invited to an open tryout for the Philadelphia Soul but playing was not his passion. He found that coaching was his real niche. Throughout college coach Branch coached at national football summer camps and after a horrific elbow injury sustained in his senior year of college he began professionally coaching at his alma mater as an student assistant coach of wide receivers. Now coach Branch continues to coach whenever possible, he has coached from the pee wee to collegiate levels and has even coached a few professional players. He is currently testing the free agent waters as a quarterback in the AFL but would trade that for the opportunity to for the opportunity to coach someone to be the best player they could.
Andrew Puente – Wood-Ridge HS