NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Vincent “Vinny” Carangelo spent the past eight years of his professional (and personal) life devoted to New Providence athletics.

The Berkeley Heights native who is the winningest coach in New Providence High School’s boys lacrosse history officially took control of the Pioneer athletic department on Tuesday after being named Director of Athletics in June.

Carangelo left his role as a teacher and varsity coach two years ago for an assistant principal position at the high school. Now, 48 months later, he felt the athletic director position “seemed like too perfect of a fit” to pass up.

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“I loved my time as assistant principal” he said. “Its been extremely valuable in my career and I think it will help set me up for success in this new role. I am very excited to be thrown back into the world of athletics, and with that helping with physical education.”

Two years after leaving the playing field, you might think Carangelo is most excited to be back on the field, however it is actually the “instruction” part of the job that has him bursting at the seams.

“Its not just the coaching, the teaching was a big part [on wanting to be an athletic director],” Carangelo said. “That was my profession…This is just a great opportunity because I get the instruction piece with the health and phys. ed department, but I get to be back in the world of athletics full tilt as well.”

The former boys lacrosse and football coach spent countless hours over the course of his six-year coaching career devising games plans on how to beat a single opponent in a single sport. Now, he has 22 teams looking to him for guidance and support.

Carangelo hopes the “strong relationships” with current students, teachers and members of the community that he built as a former varsity coach will put the town at ease after seeing their second athletic director in three years leave in June.

“It's a special place to be,” Carangelo said on the New Providence community. “Its so special that I wanted to raise my family here, so I moved into town. I really feel a strong connection with the community, so I have heard a lot of support from players, students, parents and people in the community. Its been nice and very humbling.”

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series devoted to the hiring of Vinny Carangelo as the new athletic director at New Providence High School. The next story will premiere on August 10 and will focus on Carangelo’s relationship with the student-athletes and coaches at NPHS.