EAST HANOVER, NJ- Hanover Park boys basketball went 22-7 and made the North Jersey 2 Group 2 finals under Head Coach Todd Hartman and his staff this past season. Coach Hartman has been with Hanover Park for 13 years and on Jan 20th 2017 earned his 200th career win when the Hornets defeated Dover 78-54.
The season started slowly for Hanover Park as their record stood at 5-4 in early January, but Coach Hartman new with the seniors on this squad they would start clicking. And they did, winning 17 of the next 19 games, including a 10 game win streak. The up tempo offense that looked for the open man averaged 68 points a game and the team relied on a pressing defense that created turnovers. This style helped carry the team to an 8-2 conference record and a second place finish.
Coach Hartman is married, has two daughters and lives in Mendham. He graduated from Mt. Olive High School and attended the College of New Jersey. He was drawn to coaching by observing longtime CCM coach Jack Martin. He loves watching movies and playing slow pitch softball.
Besides basketball he is also the Head Golf Coach at Hanover Park. Coach Hartman was very involved last year in a fund raiser for one of his former Hanover Park players Matt Geisser, who is currently fighting cancer. The night was a big success as many current, former players and college teammates, along with the Hanover Park community, took part in helping support and encourage Matt.
Coach Hartman considers this to be one of his best teams, but not because of their record. The seniors on the team showed leadership. It’s true that two seniors, Joey Jandoli and Matt Winschuh, both averaged over 18 points a game, but it was the rest of the seniors who had limited playing time that impressed Coach Hartman with their dedication and commitment to the team which made this season successful.
One game in particular where this was evident was against Kinnelon. Senior guard, Jack Camporeale(co-captain on soccer team), was called upon by Coach Hartman as Kinnelon battled back from a deficit in the second half. When Hartman inserted Camporeale into the game, he responded with eight points, two assists and a steal all in the fourth quarter to help secure a 74-61 win for the Hornets.
Coach Hartman was also very pleased by the fact that they defeated conference rival, Mt. Lakes, three times. The last one having earned them a trip to the North Jersey 2 Group 2 finals.