MILLBURN, NJ – For over a decade, he patrolled the sidelines at Millburn High School football games. Friday night, the school honored his memory with a ceremony featuring family and friends of the late football coach Carmen Guarino.
Guarino’s wife Helen was present at the ceremony, along with Guarino’s sons CJ and Emil, his daughter Gina, his cousins and close friends of the family. Guarino passed away this past Spring after a battle with cancer.
As part of the presentation to Guarino’s family, Millburn High School presented them with a jersey bearing his last name and the number 12, signifying the number of years he coached the Millers. Additionally, the family received a commemorative proclamation from the New Jersey statehouse honoring his life and deeds.
Guarino's involvement with Millburn High School did not end with the football team. Along with guiding Millburn Football to its first winning season in decades, he also coached the bowling, wrestling and track teams and taught physical education, driver's education and health in the process.
Speaking with TAPinto immediately after the ceremony, Guarino's son CJ reflected back on the support his family received from the district in the months before his passing and what it meant to have his father's memory honored tonight.
"The last six months have been really tough," CJ said. "Millburn has been there along the entire way. From coaches and teachers coming to see him, going to the hospital and supporting our family, stuff with the services and the funeral, Millburn has done a lot."
He continued, adding, "They really took care of our family. They care for us. my dad put a lot of love and heart in 12 years with this school, and the past six months, they've really shown how much they care...dad's immortal. His legacy will live on, and it's honestly the most beautiful thing you could wish for."
Millburn would go on to win by a score 34-9 over Kearny after the halftime ceremony.