SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School head football coach Andy Cammarano is stepping down from his duties. Cammarano has been the head coach of the Chargers varsity football team since 2007. He was a former a high school football player at Shore Regional High School and served as an assistant coach for his alma mater before joining the Chargers' football program more than a decade ago. Cammarano is a rarity in high school football. In addition to his longtime duties on the gridiron, Cammarano is an English teacher as well as the Spotswood School District Department Chair for English and Language Arts for grades six through 12.
A letter announcing his decision to step down to the parents of players in the Chargers' football program was posted on a private Facebook page Thursday afternoon. The Spotswood High School Athletic Department tweeted its appreciation for all the coach's hard work over the years, calling him a "great coach" and a "role model of young men." The Chargers, with Cammarano on the sidelines, won three Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division championships in a row from 2014 to 2016. The Blue Division championship in 2014 was the program's first in 14 years.
Cammarano and his staff did not make cuts during his time as head coach. He never turned a player interested in playing football away even if it was their first time hitting the field. The coach emphasized one thing to the all players on his teams; commitment.
"We even have a gray shirt that just says commitment,” the Jersey Shore native said in a 2017 interview with TAPinto Milltown/Spotswood. “If you survive the summer and you’re there in August, you get it.”