HOLMDEL, N.J. - It was back in the spring of 2014 when Brendan Quinn joined the Holmdel High School boys lacrosse program as a volunteer coach. Almost five years later, Quinn has moved up the ranks and will be the man in charge of the of the varsity team this upcoming spring after being named head coach of the Hornets two weeks ago.
“Very excited to be the head coach of the Holmdel boys lacrosse team,” Quinn said in an exclusive interview with TAPInto Holmdel & Colts Neck. “Can’t wait to get started.”
This will be Quinn’s sixth season with Holmdel after graduating from SUNY Cortland where he was a goalie on the Dragons’ men’s lacrosse team. The Hornets new head coach went to nearby Red Bank Catholic during his high school years.
Quinn, who describes himself as a worker, plans to instill that type of mindset into his players and into the philosophy of the Holmdel program.
No days off, coming to practice ready to compete and buying into a winning and hard working culture are a couple of values that Quinn wants his team to hold to as important for the upcoming season.
Quinn also plans to continue to institute the same teachings and schemes he learned under previous Holmdel coaches Dale Oehler and Sal Guastella into the program.
“We’re very excited to have Brendan Quinn step in as the new Holmdel High School boys lacrosse coach,” said Holmdel athletic director Shane Fallon. “He has a great rapport with our student-athletes and our parents. He’ll provide the program with continuity with continuing to build on the things that our former coach Dale Oehler provided at Holmdel.”
The Hornets have a good cast of players returning this upcoming spring. Justin Cohen, Dan Tempone and Alex Van Name will anchor the Holmdel offense, while defenseman Quinn Pavlinetz and goalie Nick Tuccillo will lead the way for the Hornets’ defense.
“We have some good leaders coming back on both sides,” Quinn said. “Some bumps in the road are expected with some of the players we had graduate, but we have a lot of young talent coming through the program.”
Holmdel is coming off a 12-7 season, tying the record for most wins for a single-season in program history.
The 12 seniors that graduated from last year’s squad were the second graduating class that Quinn coached all the way through during his time with Holmdel.
One of the most successful classes to come through the program, Quinn was very proud to have helped coach them.
“It was very rewarding to see that class come through the program and have great success,” Quinn said. “They all bought into the culture us coaches were trying to instill in the program. They helped make this program into a family.”
Quinn hopes to continue the recent success of the program now as the lead man in charge.
Achieving his dream of being high school boys lacrosse head coach, Quinn is very excited to start this new journey, even admitting he wants to start it off right with a win in the Homdel’s season opener.
“I definitely want to win that first game,” Quinn said. “I want to see the guys play hard all season long and keep working to get better everyday. Can’t wait to get the season started in March.”
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