LIVINGSTON, NJ - After 14 years as the athletic director at Livingston High School, Patrick Genova is retiring at the end of this year—and he is leaving big shoes to fill. However, the high school didn’t have to look very far to find a replacement—Dave Cohen has been named as the next Athletic Director at Livingston High School.

The position garnered wide interest, according to Principal Mark Stern in an article by LPS. “When you’re looking for the absolute best, sometimes they’re right in your own backyard. Dave has a love for sports, love for children, love for this town, and being a Lancer,” said Stern.

Cohen has had previous experience in Livingston’s athletics programs as the coach for both the girls and boys basketball teams and girls lacrosse—all conference champions. Cohen is also a coordinator for the school’s Career Internship Program and was named Teacher of the Year at LHS in 2012. In addition, he also has experience within the local community by managing youth sports, training coaches, and presenting sports programming.

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“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of the five previous Athletic Directors: Charles Winters, Ed McInroy, Tony Hope, Rudy Valentine, and Pat Genova," Cohen said in an article by LPS. "I am very excited to both represent, and work with the student athletes and coaches in Livingston and hope to have as much of an impact as each of the previous athletic directors did."

Genova is pleased with the choice of his predecessor.

“I am delighted that Dave Cohen is taking over the position,” said Genova. “He has an extensive background in athletics and I am certain that he will do a great job." 

Yet, Genova will miss the Livingston community.

"Personally, I love everything about Livingston, and it will be bitter-sweet leaving,” said Genova. “However, I know in my heart it is time to do other things in my life and move on.”

He added, “I will miss the awesome students and working with the dedicated coaches that we have. I must also mention that I have appreciated the support of the parents and from the Board of Education and administration at LHS."           

Cohen, who received his master’s degree as Teacher of the Handicapped from New Jersey City University, and a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies Administration from Virginia Wesleyan College, will start working as the LHS athletic director, as the 2014-2015 school year ends, beginning July 1.

Jay Bhanushali is a student at Livingston High School participating in a journalism program with TAP.