BAYONNE, NJ – The “Fighting Bees” know who will be leading their football team into action in the fall with the announcement that Jason Acerra has been named the new head varsity football coach at Bayonne High School.

“Coach Acerra brings a great deal of football knowledge and coaching experience to our program, which has a long and important history of success,” said BHS Athletic Director John R. Calcaterra. “Coach Acerra’s passion and enthusiasm for the game of football is contagious.”

Acerra, a Secaucus High School graduate, continued his education at New Jersey City University and Montclair State University, where he attained his B.A. in Special Education and M.A. in Educational Leadership, respectively.

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A Bayonne School District special education teacher for the past 12 years, Acerra brings an extensive coaching background. He spent the last three years as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and defensive line coach at Bayonne High School. Before the Bees, Acerra coached at Secaucus High School for 12 years.

“My coaching philosophy is based on the core values of commitment, communication, accountability and loyalty,” Acerra said. “I believe in establishing relationships with the community, alumni, and city recreation programs, as well as everyone involved at the high school level. 

“While I want our students to succeed out on the field, they have to be students first,” Acerra said. “As the head football coach, I promise to lead with a respect for the tradition of the past, a vision for the future, and a sincere commitment to the school community, football program, and the student-athletes.”

“I congratulate Jason on his appointment as new head football coach at Bayonne High School,” said BHS Principal Rich Baccarella. “We are all looking forward to a successful Bees football season.”

“Coach Acerra is a role model for our student-athletes,” said Schools Superintendent Patricia L. McGeehan. “As a special needs educator, he treated his students, parents, and co-workers with respect and ensured that everyone that crossed his path had the opportunity to become successful.”