CHATHAM, NJ - New Chatham football coach Dan Czepiga came to Chatham High on Tuesday and answered some questions posed about his coaching philosophy an hour before the boys basketball team took on Irvington in the sectional final.
"On offense, we're going to run up-tempo, no-huddle, multiple sets," Czepiga said. "It will depend on the personnel that we have that I'll take a look at over the spring and summer. Defense, I'm a big fan of some type of even front, but I'll leave that up to whoever I hire. I'm probably going to hire a DC (defensive coordinator) because I'm going to run the offense."
Czepiga was approved as the new head coach at Monday's Chatham Board of Education meeting.
The coach plans to interview candidates and see who fits the spot as defensive coordinator, but he already met with Cougar assistant coaches Nick Agelis and Adam Agree.
"I talked to them already and we got along pretty well," he said. "I don't know their roles yet, but they're going to be on staff."
Czepiga is currently a biology teacher at Ewing High and ran the football offense at Ewing over the past four seasons (2013 through 2016). While guiding the offense for Ewing, his teams gained more than 1,000 yards rushing each year. In three of those years, the offense he led ranked in the top 40 in the state in yards, averaging 311 yards per game.
"I'm going to move closer (to Chatham)," Czepiga said.
A baseball and football player at Notre Dame High in Lawrenceville, Czepiga was recruited to play baseball at St. John's University. A center fielder, he spent two years at St. John's before transferring to Mercer County College for one year. He then attended The College of New Jersey for two years and earned his Masters from Rider University.