LIVINGSTON, NJ — After careful consideration of the schools that were interested in recruiting him to play football at the collegiate level, Livingston’s varsity football captain Josh Zacher officially signed his “Letter of Intent” to play at Shippensburg University in the fall.
According to head football coach Robert Breschard, it is rare that the Lancers have a football player sign a Letter of Intent, making Zacher’s decision particularly special. The accomplishment earned Zacher the title of Dr. Michael Rieber’s Livingston Athlete of the Week.
“Between working out with us [between seasons], going to camps over the summers and using personal trainers, he really put a tremendous amount of effort into making himself into the player he is,” said Breschard, adding that Zacher did not take anything for granted in his college search. “I’m very excited and proud of him and knowing him since he was five years old, this was a big deal for me.”
In addition to Zacher’s tremendous leadership on the field, Breschard said Zacher was one of only 54 students in New Jersey to receive the Maxwell Award, which is a national award presented by the Maxwell Football Club for excellence in a combination of football, academics and community service.
Breschard said receiving this award says a lot about who Zacher is as a person and that signing with Shippensburg is the culmination of all that hard work.
“Josh is one of those kids I could always look to as a leader,” said Breschard. “He’s had to block some really tough kids—some who were going to Division I schools—but he really rose to the occasion. It’s the day-in-and day-out work he put in that got him to this spot.”
Livingston Athletic Director David Cohen echoed Breschard in that it is “great to see all of his hard work pay off.”
“We are very proud of Josh,” he said. “Shippensburg is not only getting a fine football player, they are getting an outstanding young man.”
Zacher’s brother, Jason, commended the hard work Josh has put in over the years and said he was proud to see his brother continuing to pursue his dream of playing college football.
“This is only the beginning,” said Jason, who joined Josh and their parents as Josh signed his Letter of Intent earlier this week. “I cannot wait to see what you accomplish as a Red Raider.”
Josh thanked his coaches, especially Coach Breschard, as well as his teammates for always believing in him and helping him get to this point. He also thanked all of the teachers and staff at Livingston High School who have “helped better him as a student and as a person.”
“It has been the best four years of my life being able to play at Livingston High,” he said. “I wouldn't choose anywhere else. I'm looking forward to joining the Red Raider family next year and playing in front of one of the best game-day atmospheres in the Pennsylvania State athletic conference.”
Livingston High School Athlete of the Week is brought to you by Michael Rieber MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Orthopedic Consultant, NJ Devils and Director of the St. Barnabas Sports Medicine Institute. Find out more about Dr. Rieber at www.gamedaydoc.com.