NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The mood in the New Providence boys’ lacrosse huddle was somber on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Lieder Field in May 2015.
Sure the Pioneers just lost the South Jersey, Group 1 state championship game, but the defeat was more heartfelt as their new fearless leader Vinny Carangelo had coached his last game with the program due to a promotion to assistant principal on the horizon.
Fast-forward a little more than two years later, Carangelo is back involved with every New Providence High School sports team, this time as the district’s Director of Athletics.
Former Pioneer Colin Forbes, who played football and lacrosse under Carangelo recalls the positive mindset that his coach brought to the field, the same mindset he will undoubtedly bring to the top job in September.
“Since he has been a part of the program for years, he understands what Pioneer athletics are all about,” Forbes said. “He knows how things operate and the dedication that coaches and players have for their sport. As a former player I witnessed his passion for coaching and his desire to help players grow into young adults.”
New Providence’s current varsity boys’ lacrosse coach Russ Anderson had the best seat in the house, coaching with Carangelo prior to replacing his mentor in 2016.
As an assistant coach, Anderson saw first hand the positive energy that Carangelo brought to the programs he coached. The only difference now is that all 22 varsity programs “will benefit from his leadership.”
“As a coach, Vinny (Carangelo) truly cared for the well being of his players,” Anderson said. “His players always came first and I know that as an athletic director he will continue that.”
According to Anderson, players and coaches from every program will benefit from Carangelo and the department as a whole is in good hands.
“Vinny (Carangelo) has an outstanding knowledge and is a fan of all sports,” Anderson said. “I was fortunate enough to have learned under him as an assistant coach and I am looking forward to working under his leadership as a head coach. I know players and coaches are incredibly excited to have him as our athletic director.”
As a former player and avid follower of the Pioneers, Forbes knows that Carangelo will succeed in his new role, which makes the department and the district better.
“With the AD position, it puts him into a role that we know he will excel in,” Forbes said. “I'm really excited for him and for the future of Pioneer Athletics.”