New Basketball Coach Helps Saint Joe's Falcons Soar

Credits: Christopher Holgado
Credits: Christopher Holgado
Credits: Christopher Holgado

METUCHEN, NJ - Thanks to newly hired head coach, Mike Thompson, Saint Joseph High School has been able to have much success this season despite having a roster full of players that are new to the varsity basketball scene.

“I had to get used to coaching with a new staff and new players, just like the team had to get used to the new coaches,” Thompson said. “Everyone bought in quickly.”

The team is currently 14-3 and ranked first in the Greater Middlesex Conference.

Sign Up for E-News

The team adjusted rapidly as they knocked off GMC rival East Brunswick on the road in their season opener. After that, the team lost to the GMC preseason favorite before going on a six-game win streak, lead by sophomore guard Tyree Ford.

“Tyree is the only guy we have who had played any substantial time on varsity [before this year],” said Thompson, who graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 1982.

Thompson says that the team’s playing style is a positionless basketball concept that allows each individual player to play with their own skill-sets all while making up for their weaknesses. This has worked to the benefit of the many new players finding their roles, such as sophomore guard K-Shawn Shulters.

Thompson was a two year captain for the Falcons during his playing days before going on to successfully coach as an assistant under legendary coach Bob Hurley. He hopes to bring some of the same success he has been apart of over his career to his new team.

Christian Vasquez is a Saint Joseph High School student. 

Editor's Note: Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) is an advertiser of For information about advertising, contact

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Westfield Family Continues ‘Summer of Kindness’ with Infant Clothing Drive

July 12, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield mom and teacher Sara Liptack is continuing her family’s “Summer of Kindess” with an infant clothing for Furniture Assist, an organization in Springfield that helps formerly homeless people, veterans, the elderly, fire victims, refugees and people fleeing domestic violence.

“I said, ‘What’s the one thing you really ...

It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You


Emotional eating can be described as episodes of binge-eating, grazing and/or eating when not hungry to soothe feelings. Emotional eaters have a pattern of eating to cope with stress, emotional conflicts and problems of daily life.

Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of physical symptoms initiating the eating, ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

What Is Your Bottom Line?

This week's Parshah (Torah reading) is the Parshah of Pinchas the Zealot: the courageous young priest who stood up against idolatry and immorality and, in the end, saved Israel from a devastating plague.

While Pinchas' radical response made him a hero worthy of having a Torah section named after him, we wouldn't necessarily suggest to our children ...

Affordable Housing Hearing In Trenton Needs Your Voice

July 16, 2018

Dear Editor:

Recently Mayor Al Smith of Scotch Plains joined the chorus of ordinary suburban New Jersey voices  who are deeply concerned about NJ overdevelopment in the guise of affordable housing.  Prominent names like Asm. Jon Bramnick, Asw. Holly Schepisi and NJ101.5 radio host Bill Spadea have also expressed concern. 

Unfortunately, I ...

When to Dial 911: Scotch Plains Rescue Squad Tip of the Month

July 10, 2018

There are many times you should call 911. If you or someone around you is in true medical distress, such as experiencing difficulty breathing, chest pains, bleeding, possible stroke, or any other serious health issues, then 911 should be called as soon as possible. If there are wires down, fire, a crime in progress, or other dangerous conditions to people or property, call 911 ...

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Encourages Family Fun with Online Fishing Tournament

July 16, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ — The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) is asking families to cast their lines and reel in some quality time this summer as part of the fourth annual Don’t Get Hooked on Drugs Online NJ Family Fishing Tournament.

The competition will be held from July 27 to August 5 as a way to encourage families to enjoy a day of fishing, while giving ...