LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston High School (LHS) Athletic Department has announced that James “Jim” Matsakis will become the new head football coach for the Lancers for the upcoming season, replacing Robert Breschard after the longtime coach stepped down this winter as the leader of the successful and well-respected LHS football program.  

Most recently, Matsakis served as an assistant coach for Pope John High School in Sparta after several years as head coach at West Orange High School. He also previously served as the head football coach at Butler High School and Jefferson High School.

With Matsakis as their leader, his teams have collectively won six conference championships, qualified for the NJSIAA state playoffs 11 times and advanced to the NJSIAA finals on four occasions. He has also coached multiple players that have advanced to the NFL and all levels of the NCAA.

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Matsakis comes from a football family that includes three brothers who all currently coach football at the intercollegiate level. He currently teaches mathematics at West Orange High School and resides in Florham Park with his wife, Erin, and their six children.

LHS Athletic Director Richard Porfido stated on Thursday that the department “looks forward to the Coach Matsaskis era,” noting that his “experience, background and enthusiasm as both a coach and educator will continue the success of the Lancer Football Program for years to come.”

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