BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston is hoping that their football program will be like Dunellen High School.
The Destroyers of Middlesex County have won 10 games each of the last two years and plucked one of their top coordinators from the team, Gary Lubisco, as its new head coach.
Lubisco was approved by the school board recently and takes over for Terry Hanratty who is now the head football coach at Roselle Park High School.
For the last two years the Highlanders had gone 1-9 and 3-7 respectively during the 2010 and 2011 seasons and were looking for a change.
Governor Livingston is looking to get back to 2008 when the Highlanders lost to Caldwell in the Group 2 North 2 state sectional final.
Lubisco was 11 years at Dunellen and basically coached every aspect of football from special teams to offensive and defensive lines. In addition he coached both freshman and junior varsity football teams.
Governor Livingston Athletic Director Stephen Hopkins said that his background at a quality program of Dunellen along with Lubisco's expansive coaching resume across the board made him a great fit at Governor Livingston.
"We're looking forward to having him as coach," said Hopkins. "He is an extremely knowledgeable about football. We're excited to have Lou and Dunellen is an excellent program and he has the understanding of the Group 1 and 2 atmospheres.”
Lubisco said that he believes that having learned under Dunellen head coach Dave DeNapoli along with working on every side of the ball has come in handy. "At Dunellen I was able to have my hands in everything," said Lubisco.
In the past, Lubisco played football and track at Millburn High School and attended Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.
The new Governor Livingston head coach added that the Berkeley Heights school had the qualities that he was looking for in a job.
"I was looking for the right fit and Governor Livingston had what I wanted," said Lubisco who teaches history and is hoping to get a position at Governor Livingston in the future. "I have great regard for the academics and the athletics at Governor Livingston."
In addition Lubisco is glad to have received the job in March. "I want to get to know the players and getting as many kids out as possible," he said, adding that he studied the film of Governor Livingston before the thorough interview process.