GERRY GALLAGHER – Linebacker 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.
KEVIN HAPLEA – Tight End Coach
Kevin was a 4 year letterman after graduating in 2010 from North Hunterdon High School in Annandale, New Jersey. He played tight end and defensive end during the 2006-2009 seasons. He was selected to First Team All County by the Hunterdon Democrat 3 times, First Team All-Skyland Conference by the coaches 3 times, First Team All-Area by the Courier News 2 times, First Team All-Region by the Express Times in 2009, and First Team All State by the Star Ledger in 2009. He holds the North Hunterdon record for sacks in a game with 5.5, in a season with 12.5, and career with 30.5 sacks.
He received offers from over 20 Division I schools including Florida, Oklahoma, Miami, Virginia Tech, and Florida State but ultimately committed to Penn State and played there during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, playing in the Outback Bowl and TicketCity Bowl. He transferred to Florida State in the summer of 2012 and won the Orange Bowl that same year. He played on 3 consecutive ACC Championship teams at FSU from 2012-2014. He played on the 2013 National Championship team as well the 2014 College Football Playoff semifinalist team. He was selected as a game captain 4 times by his teammates during his time at Florida State.
After the 2014 season with Florida State, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in May of 2015. He remained on the roster until a knee injury during training camp in August of 2015.
DAVE LEPOIDEVIN – Founder – Wide Receiver/Defensive Back 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.
JARED MAZZETTA – Tight Ends Coach
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
JOEY PORTER – Defensive Backs Coach
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.
LOUIS SOLOMON – Running Back/Linebacker Coach
2 time All-State Quarterback Franklin High School 1989 & 1990
Clemson University QB 1991-1995
Assistant Football Coach Perth Amboy High School 1996-1998- Defensive Coordinator & QB Coach
Assistant Football Coach Jersey City University 1999- QB Coach
Assistant Football Coach Asbury Park High School 2000-2002- Defensive Coordinator & QB Coach
Head Football Coach West Windsor High School South 2003 & 2004
Head Football Coach Franklin High School 2005 to Present
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