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Scotch Plains-Fanwood's Jess Hulnik Named State Coach of the Year

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Jess Hulnik monitors her team during a practice at the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. Credits: John Mooney
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EDISON, NJ – After helping advance both the boys and girls swim teams of Scotch Plains-Fanwood high school well into the postseason, head coach Jess Hulnik was recognized by the NJSCA and NJSIAA for her achievements on Sunday.

Hulnik was one of 26 to be named a State Coach of the Year by the National Federation of Coaches Assocation (NFCA).

Despite coming up short in their quest for state titles, both the girls and boys teams advanced to the sectional final and state championship meets respectively. The girls finished with a record of 12-2, while the boys finished 14-2-1.

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The Hall of Fame program 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, according to the NFCA.

Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 435 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports. Championship competition for girls is sponsored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, and volleyball. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling.

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