SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood High School head soccer coach Jeff Marvinny was named Blue Division Coach of the Year this month after the boys varsity soccer team put together a 14-8-1 overall record, sharing the Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division title with South Plainfield High School. This is Marvinny's 18th year at Spotswood High School and his 17th behind the bench. The Chargers last won the title in 2016. That championship ended a decade-long drought.
"This has been a very rewarding season because the team set the goal of winning the division," Marvinny explained. "Even when we struggled in the middle of the season, the players stayed positive and focused on competing and getting better everyday. I enjoyed every minute coaching this team. Even if we didn't have the success we did, I would have had fun coaching this group because they are all great kids and students."
Like many of his players, Marvinny first hit the soccer field as a four-year-old. He continued to play in college, lacing up the cleats for the Rutgers University club team.
" I have been around soccer for as long as I can remember," he said.
Marvinny boasts an impressive numbers against Blue Division opponents as a head coach with a 134-84-8 division record during his tenure. His overall record is 171-150-15. Besides winning the title, the season held a few highlights for the longtime coach including three victories over rival South River High School including one in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group Two Tournament as well as a hard-fought win over the always tough North Brunswick High School squad.
"The true highlight though," Marvinny said. "Was just watching this team grow, develop and pull for each other."
"This award is actually a team award because this honor doesn't happen had the team not been as successful as they were," Marvinny continued.
"My assistant/JV coach Vinnie Vizzi has a big impact as well," Marvinny added. "He coached many of these players on the JV the last few years and his help in developing them and instilling work ethic and love for the program has had a lot to do as well with this season's success."