Little Falls, NJ--Jay Tiseo has long worn the red and white of Bloomfield High, both as a student-athlete and later a coach at his alma mater.
But now, Tiseo is ready to make a change, and while he’s at a new school, he’s also home again.
Tiseo was recently named the head baseball coach at Passaic Valley, succeeding John Mazzo. He has also been hired as an educator at PV.
“I’m very excited about coming to Passaic Valley,” said Tiseo, who resides in Woodland Park with his wife, Christine, and two daughters, Isabel and Patricia. “Bloomfield has obviously been a big part of my life, but this is going to be a nice move for me, since I live in the community now.”
Tiseo, 40, played football and baseball at Bloomfield High for the legendary coach Mike Carter. He then went on to play baseball at William Paterson University. Tiseo later coached baseball at his college alma mater.
In addition, Tiseo was also an assistant football coach at Bloomfield High, where Carter continues to hold the head job.
“I learned a lot from Coach Carter,” said Tiseo. “I’m ready for this opportunity. I already know there are some excellent coaches and educators at Passaic Valley. It’s a really nice community.”
Tiseo was scheduled to meet with the 2020 Hornets on Jan. 15.
“The season will be here before you know it,” he said. “We have a trip to Florida (April 9-14) and a busy schedule leading up to that.”
Passaic Valley begins practice in early March. The team opens the regular season, at home, on April 1, against Clifton.
Tiseo is excited about the three communities which lead into Passaic Valley.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the younger kids in Woodland Park, Little Falls and Totowa play and I want them to be excited about coming to PV and playing varsity baseball eventually.”
The youth program in town for his daughters, in softball, has already been a big hit.
“My kids love playing for the Sting,” said Tiseo. “And (PV varsity softball coach) Kathy (Hill) is as good as they get. She’s such a great coach and a better person.”
Meeting the baseball players was something Tiseo was looking forward to.
“I already know what quality kids they are,” the coach said. “They’ve had success here over the years and I want to continue building on that.”
Passaic Valley athletic director Joe Benvenuti is very happy with Tiseo’s appointment.
“I really believe Jay will do a great job here,” said Benvenuti. “He’s a young, aggressive coach and a good educator. We’re happy to have him as part of our community and wish him the very best.”