CHATHAM, NJ - Danny Mahoney has earned a reputation as a leader and a competitor during his Chatham High sports career, captaining two Cougar teams and playing in three state championship games.
Mahoney's service as a captain for the 2020 Cougar lacrosse team came to an abrupt end because of the Coronavirus pandemic, but the senior has pivoted into forming a family business with his younger brother, Kevin. The driveway seal coating and power washing service is called "Seal & Deal."
"When my father was in high school, he said that he and his friend did the same thing," Mahoney said. "So far, we've done two driveways. We've been in business for about three weeks now and we're working on our marketing strategies."
Mahoney played four years of varsity ice hockey and served as an assistant captain and then captain, playing in two state championship games for the Cougars. In lacrosse, he played on the 2019 team that won the North Jersey, Group 3 state championship.
"It has been really emotional not being able to play for Chatham lacrosse with all my teammates for one last season," he said. "The whole team put forth a lot of effort preparing for this season and sadly we never got to show off our talent as a team and a family. Our first week of practice was looking really good; everything was flowing much easier than in years past because the majority of us did winter training at the new indoor facility on Passaic Avenue and agility workouts at the high school.
"It is what it is but if we had this last season to play with all my teammates that I’ve been with my whole life we would have left our mark. We had unfinished business and I could tell from the start that we were going to be a dangerous team all around. The team will be good next year as well and I’m looking forward to coming back home and getting to watch my teammates tear it up next year."
Before he heads to Texas Christian University to continue his education, he's hoping to build his business with Kevin, a sophomore who plays lacrosse, soccer and paddle.
"We offer free estimates, power wash each driveway and oil-spot prime and fill cracks," Mahoney said. "We use Weldon Asphalt Premium Pavement Sealer."
You can reach Seal & Deal by phone at 973-610-4688 and through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.