ROXBURY, NJ – Two Roxbury High School coaching icons, Jim Fiorello (1973 – 1989) and Frank Dekmar (1983 – 2017), will soon be inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association (NJSCA) Hall of Fame.

The NJSCA, in cooperation with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) honors coaches from all sports in New Jersey’s public, non-public and independent secondary schools. All Hall of Fame inductees have exhibited exceptional coaching skills during their careers along with strong ethics and integrity.

Jim Fiorello

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Fiorello is being inducted because of his work as head football coach of the Gaels from 1973 to 1989. 

Fiorello had a record of 100-53-5. His 1973 team captured the outright Iron Area Conference Championship, and his 1978 and 1986 teams won a share of the IHC-Iron titles. 

Fiorello’s team qualified for the state playoffs in 1978, 1986 and 1987. 

With the support of many great assistant coaches, dedicated players, involved parents and community involvement, Fiorello had a rewarding and successful coaching career and made a significant contribution to the history and tradition of Roxbury football. 

He was inducted into the New Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000 and The Roxbury High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

Frank Dekmar

Dekmar is being honored for his excellence in coaching at Roxbury High School for 34 years. He holds the record for being the longest tenured coach in school history. 

Whether he was coaching football, basketball, softball or track & field, Dekmar was known for his commitment to teaching the fundamentals and getting the most out of his players. 

He began coaching football in 1982 under Fiorello and retired in 2017 as a member of current Roxbury High School Football Coach Cosmo Lorusso’s staff.  During that time he was involved with every level of the program and helped the Gaels to six Iron Hills Conference Championships and three state championships. Dekmar began coaching the Roxbury High School girls basketball team in 1986.  Over the 17 years he was at the helm, his teams won 239 games and two conference championships, making Frank the most winning coach in the history of Roxbury girls basketball.

He was inducted into the Roxbury High School Athletic Hall of fame in 2017.

Both coaches have left outstanding legacies at Roxbury High School. The Roxbury High School community is excited to have them commemorated and recognized as two of the greatest coaches in the state.

The 26th Annual NJSCA Hall of Fame Awards Program will be held virtually on Sunday, Jan. 10, beginning at 11 a.m.  Those who want to view the program can email Stuart Mason at smason@roxbury.org by Dec. 10.

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