EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There are enormous shoes in need of filling in East Brunswick.  After 26 years at the helm of East Brunswick High School's athletics programs, Athletic Director Frank Noppenberger this week announced his retirement, effective at the end of July.  Noppenberger, to his friends and peers and many of the other coaches and directors throughout New Jersey, has been an institution not only for his longevity in the role, but because of the class and graciousness he has shown to everyone involved in high school sports in the Middlesex County area.  Noppenberger rose through the ranks from being an assistant football and basketball coach, to eventually becoming the head basketball coach at East Brunswick, and then moving up to become Director Of Athletics and Supervisor Of Physical Education in 1988.  Throughout the years since, his teams have won numerous county and state championships, and twice he earned Athletic Director of the Year honors, in 1992 and 2005.

Here is Mr. Noppenberger's announcement, in his own words:

"I have submitted my letter of resignation as the Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletics effective July 31, 2014. The Board of Education will act on it on 3/20/14.

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"It will be a monumental task for me to find a replacement for the passion I have for East Brunswick.  It has been an integral part of my daily life since 1977 and such a pleasure that I never really considered it work. The endless stories and lifelong friends all among the everlasting memories that I will always reminisce about.

"Throughout the years I have diligently promoted sportsmanship, fair play and to always give it your best effort. Any important decision was made after considering what was best for our students.

"Although I can’t always catch up to the fast ball I will continue to practice what I preach to our teachers and coaches – Finish strong and leave an everlasting memory.  Go Bears!''

EDITOR'S NOTE:

I would like to offer a personal word of thanks to Mr. Noppenberger for his support in helping The Alternative Press of East Brunswick get off the ground in covering East Brunswick High's athletics.  His graciousness made this an easier transition, and this reporter's job an easier task.  All of us at TAP wish him well in his retirement.