MONTCLAIR, NJ - Montclair football coaches gathered yesterday with their students to inform them of the loss of a coaching staff member, TAP into Montclair first reported.

J.R. Sangiuliano, affectionately known as Coach J.R., died unexpectedly on Monday. Although cause of death has been determined, this information will not be disclosed at this time.

Sangiuliano had experience coaching for the offensive and defensive lines. A native of Clark and 1993 A.L. Johnson High School graduate, Sangiuliano played defensive end for the Crusaders. 

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According to his bio, he attended Rider University after high school and earned a B.S. degree in Business Management in 1997.  Sangiuliano began his football coaching career in 1999 as a coach for the Pop Warner Football Program for four years.  He joined the coaching staff at his high school alma mater in 2003 as a volunteer coach before joining the Mountie staff in 2004. 

In addition to being an assistant football coach in Montclair, Sangiuliano was a real estate broker in Clark with Century 21 JRS Realty, a company his parents had owned. He was well-known and loved by many and was once known as a rising star in the real estate profession.

Realtor Mag reported that in 1999, JR closed more than $9 million worth of sales and was among the youngest sales associates to ever receive Century 21’s Centurion Award for sales production.

Montclair students, parents and coaching colleagues have taken to social media to mourn his loss. Students also express that they will strive for another football championship in their beloved Coach JR's honor.

TAP into Montclair contacted Superintendent Ronald Bolandi and MHS Principal James Earle who could not be reached for comment. Coach John Fiore declined to comment on record.

Staff in Bolandi's office state that the district will not be issuing a formal statement. The unnamed district source stated that the district is concerned with helping the children to cope with the loss.

He leaves to mourn a wife, Stella, and two young children.

The staff at TAP into Montclair extend our heartfelt condolences to the Sangiuliano family and the Mountie football family.