SPOTSWOOD, NJ - At Tuesday evening's meeting of the Spotswood Board of Education, Spotswood High School head baseball coach Glenn Fredricks was approved for the 2020 spring baseball season. Fredricks' coaching status hung in the balance since the August 20 BOE meeting when the Spotswood High School Physical Education teacher's coaching appointment was not approved along with the rest of the Chargers' coaching staff. Three board members voted not to approve Fredricks' appointment, including BOE President William Smith, board member William Loschiavo and board member Mariellen Chasan, while the remaining three voted to approve.
The Spotswood Board of Education is comprised of Smith, Loschiavo, Chasen, BOE Vice-President Bertrand Louis, board member Suzanne Kranski and board member Carl Schneider. Schneider is the Milltown representative for the BOE.
Fredricks' appointment was the hot botton issue discussed at the September 17 Board of Education meeting during the non-agenda public portion with parents, players and coaches making arguements for and against Fredricks' appointment. Many members of the Spotswood and Milltown baseball communities were present for the September meeting to show support for Fredricks. The gallery of the October 1 board meeting contained a large group of supporters as well with many wearing Chargers' baseball apparel. When Fredricks' appointment was approved by the board along with other personnel decisions for the SHS coaching staff, applause rang out in the audience. The vote to approve Fredricks' appointment was not unanimous, but it did carry the majority.
Fredricks has deep roots in the Spotswood community, growing up in the borough and graduating from Spotswood High School. He lives in Spotswood and has coached the SHS baseball program for the past 15 years, earning four Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division titles along with a league, sectional and state title. Spotswood High School became only the second team in Greater Middlesex Conference history to win division, league, sectional and state titles in one season in 2007. Edison High School accomplished the feat in 1993.