NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - This past month, nearly 20 current New Providence football players attended The Chet Parlavecchio Football Camp at Passaic Valley High School, where a variety of former collegiate and NFL players and coaches instructed and inspired high schoolers from all over the state.
The camp, put on by the new head man at New Providence’s father, has been a tradition for nearly 30 years, and it is still going strong as all the players who attended gained priceless wisdom from the likes of Mike Munchak, a former NFL star and current pro coach, Chet Parlavecchio, who after playing at the collegiate and NFL level, now coaches at Passaic Valley, among many others, in addition to some great competition as players went head to head with great talent spanning all of New Jersey.
“One of the major things about the camp is that you get guys that have played and coached at the highest level of football,” said New Providence head coach Chet Parlavecchio Jr. “There are some camps that get a couple of big name guys who say a couple of things and that’s it but at this camp it’s really hands-on and everyone there is really into it.”
“Going into a camp like that, it’s a great bonding experience for our guys who went there and it just felt like football for these guys again.”
The camp is extra meaningful for Parlavecchio, as his dad, who has helped mold him into the man he is today, runs the camp that is highly regarded by so many.
“I’ve been growing up around football my entire life thanks to him,” said the younger Parlavecchio. “I’ve been very fortunate to grow up with him and learn from him as a player and a coach.”
Parlavecchio also praises his dad for how he goes to different programs who have struggled or faced adversity in the past and turns them into powerhouses, and he hopes to have a similar impact on the new challenge he faces.
“There’s nobody better to lean on when you need advice on anything football when he has written the bluebook on coming to new programs and succeeding,” said Parlavecchio on his dad. “He’s been supportive in everything I’ve done but he’s going to do it his way and I’m going to do it mine but at the end of the day learning how to do things the right way and getting kids to believe the important values of a team is what’s most important.”
The three-day camp was an overall success for the Pioneers, as a handful of individual players won “Player of the Day” awards, as well as a few others, and the head coach was pleased to see the hard work from his players rewarded with recognition from the camp.
Despite no games having been played in the Chet Parlavecchio Era, the Pioneer football program seems to be headed on the right track for a successful, proud future.