SUMMIT, NJ - The future of Summit High School football has been determined.
Less than one month after head coach John Liberato announced his retirement from leading the varsity football team, Summit Athletic Director Mike Sandor has dubbed assistant varsity coach Kevin Kostibos Liberato's replacement.
"We've had a coaching staff together for six years," Sandor said. "They've proven to be very successful as a team. That team is stinn intact."
Kostibos steps into the helm of a program that has won two state championships in the last four years, as well as a state runner-up in 2011. Additionally, the Hilltoppers produced four NCAA Division I athletes in the 2013 graduating class: Mike Badgley (University of Miami), Nick Liberato (Sacred Heart), AJ Iarussi (UPenn), and Seth Ryan (Clemson).
Liberato will remain on staff as the freshman coach.
The former varsity coach stepped down to enable him to watch his two sons Nick and Sal play college football. Sal is currently a sophomore wide receiver at Monmouth University.
"Next year, I was recommended to coach the freshman team," Liberato said. "My goal is to watch Sal and Nick play on Saturday, and still contribute to the football program on Fridays."
These changes will not become effective until approved by the superintendent, Dr. Nathan Parker, as well as the Summit Board of Education at their meeting on Thursday, February 21 at Franklin School.