South Plainfield’s Coach Kevin McCann Inducted into NJ State Coaches Associations Hall of Fame


EDISON, NJ - The South Plainfield High School wrestling team’s 2015-2016 season was an all-around successful year for a program that knows a lot about being successful. In the 14 years head coach Kevin McCann has been at the helm of the program, the team has collected a 302-40 record and an almost countless amount of silverware and accolades.

Earlier this month, the New Jersey State Coaches Association recognized McCann for his achievements by inducting him into their Hall of Fame.

McCann, who has 14 straight District 12 titles, seven Group 3 state titles, and 12 GMC titles to his name, told it was an honor to be put in the same category as so many great coaches across New Jersey sports.

Sign Up for E-News

“For them to pick me and recognize me, I was just really appreciative,” McCann said. The coach and the other 2016 inductees were honored at an April 10 ceremony at Pines Manor in Edison.

The team picked up its latest state title this year with a 27-25 win over defending champions Delsea. The Tigers went 28-2 on the season and qualified seven of its wrestlers for the individual state championships. Sophomore 106 pounder Joe Heilmann placed fifth in the state tournament, while freshman Zach DelVecchio placed seventh at 220 pounds. The team finished 2nd in the New Jersey Wrestling Coaches Association final statewide rankings of the season, finishing only behind Bergen Catholic.

It’d be a tall task to find any public school wrestling program in the state who can come close to matching South Plainfield. The head coach attributes that success to the wrestling-friendly environment that the South Plainfield community has fostered over the years.

“I think in South Plainfield, I’ve been blessed,” said McCann. “We have great parent support, great community support, and we have a great feeder program.”

He also gave thanks and credit to his assistant and volunteer coaches in John Foscolo, Steve Johnston,  Matt Anderson, Steve Giordano, John Conroy.

 McCann, who as an athlete won a state title for South Plainfield in 1991, and went on to become the team captain for the Rutgers wrestling team, said that the coaches of his youth were a big influence on him.

“(Former South Plainfield coaches) Mike Buggy, Bill Pavlak, Eugene Clapsis were my high school coaches and I also went out and wrestled at Rutgers under John Sacchi, so I’ve seen some great coaches,” he said. 

“I have been able to pick and choose different things that I liked (from them) and kind of molded that into who I am.”

One of the biggest testament to South Plainfield’s success is its amount of wrestlers who’ve gone on to compete at the college level. This season, Anthony Ashnault, who went undefeated in his four years at South Plainfield, placed fourth in the NCAA Division I Championships at 141 pounds as a sophomore for Rutgers. Other alumni, like Troy Heilmann, Scott DelVecchio, and Ray Jazikoff are also currently having success at the college level. McCann said he takes pride in the fact the fact that he was able to help those young men lay the groundwork for a life of success, both on and off the mat.

 “That’s what it’s all about. Helping mold these kids into young members of society who can make a difference,” said the coach. “That (our program) has helped them to get to college to do that is a great thing.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Plainfield

The Athlete of the Week Samantha Pullen Girls’ Spring Track

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ track team is off to another great start in the 2018 season.  Their record currently stands at 3-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers defeated divisional rivals Metuchen and Middlesex by the scores of 80-56 and 75-56.  They then went on to dominate Bishop Ahr by a score of 112-24.  Much of the Lady Tigers success has been due to the ...

The Athlete of the Week Tatianna Sutor Girls’ Lacrosse

The South Plainfield High School Girls’ Lacrosse team is off to a fantastic start to their 2018 season with a record of 2-0. This past week, the Lady Tigers crushed division rival Bishop Ahr by the score of 14-2, and then went on to beat Boonton 6-3.  A huge part of the success for South Plainfield has been due in a large part to the contributions of senior goalie Tatianna ...

Holy Savior Academy Excels in the Arts - Annual Spring Musical, Art Show to Take Place in May

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The students and staff at Holy Savior Academy, a pre-K3 through eighth grade AdvancedED accredited Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School located in South Plainfield, have been busy gearing up for two widely anticipated spring events. In May, the drama club will present its 4th annual Spring Spectacular Musical and a school wide art show will also take ...


Victor Kochmann, 92, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 surrounded by his loving family in ...
Read more

Letters to the Editor

Letter Welcoming Mike Zushma to Politics

April 19, 2018

Dear Editor, 

I'd like to welcome Mike Zushma to the world of politics and congratulate him on being selected as the town's Democratic Chairman.


I've served as Republican chair since 2009, and I've always enjoyed spending my time helping good people get elected to office.  In South Plainfield, it's never about party:  People work together and try ...

Natalie Stilo Signs with Drew University Golf Team

April 20, 2018

Natalie Stilo, Senior at Bishop George Ahr High School, has signed with Drew University's golf team. Currently, Natalie is on Bishop Ahr's golf team. Golf became her passion after her 10 year career in gymnastics ended. She has been working on her golf game and is excited to have the opportunity to play for Drew. She will attend Drew University in the Fall, majoring in Molecular Biology ...

Community Happenings

South Plainfield High School Hall Of Fame Is Seeking Nominees

April 19, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield High School Hall of Fame Committee is again holding their search for candidates for induction into the SPHS Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame was established at South Plainfield High School to recognize outstanding graduates as leaders in their fields who could serve as role models for current and future students.

Candidates will be evaluated on ...

Meet with Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez - 19th Legislative District

April 24, 2018

New Jersey State School Board's Legislative Advocate Christopher Jones (l to r), Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez 19th District, Lucille Bloom, Delegate New Jersey School Boards Association Board of Directors and member of the Sayreville Board of Education and Middlesex County School Board's President Debbie Boyle and member of the  South Plainfield Board of Education  met on April ...

Holy Savior Academy to Hold Open House on April 24

April 18, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Holy Savior Academy, an AdvancedED accredited Middlebrook Deanery Catholic School located in South Plainfield, will hold an open house the evening of Tuesday, April 24.At this time, prospective students and their families in pre-K3 through 8th grade will have the opportunity to tour the school, meet teachers and register. 

“Holy Savior ...

South Plainfield Middle School Students Perform with the CJMEA Honors Band

April 25, 2018

Monroe Township, NJ- On April 21, ten South Plainfield Middle School students had the opportunity to perform with the Central Jersey Music Educators Honors Band.  Many students were nominated to participate in the event and 10 were selected from South Plainfield.  The students who participated were: Emily Wong on Flute, Joseph Cassio on Oboe, Sara DeSimone and Denise Bui on Clarinet, ...

Part Time Position in Municipal Court

The South Plainfield Borough is seeking to hire a part time person with strong customer service skills to perform detailed Municipal Court clerical work.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Answering telephone and walk in inquiries, data entry, maintaining files and records for accuracy, processing payments, related duties as required.

Successful candidates should process ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

Spring Wellness Health Fair - Mayor's Wellness


Sat, April 28, 9:00 AM

South Plainfield

South Plainfield's Annual Health and Fitness Fair


Sat, April 28, 7:00 PM

South Plainfield

A Tribute to our Veterans - Jim Barone


Sun, April 29, 2:00 PM

South Plainfield

Autism Awareness Event on April 29th


Sat, May 5, 9:00 AM


Color Me Run to End Domestic Violence


Diegnan, Pinkin and Karabinchak Hail Announcement of Grand Opening of New South Plainfield MVC Office

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ- Acting on their commitment to the citizens of Middlesex County, Senator Patrick Diegnan, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin and Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak today announced that a new, modernized South Plainfield Agency is tentatively scheduled to open on Monday, May 14, 2018.

"I must complement the Motor Vehicle Commission for ending this potential crisis and express my ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)


How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.


Your library is a hub of education and entertainment that is available to you not just when the library is open, but at all hours, thanks to our great online resources.  

If you want to brush up on your computer skills, or learn something new, try Learning Express.  You can access it through the library’s website. Once you’ve registered (you’ll need ...

Suburban Woman’s Club Fashion Show/Fund Raiser A Lot of Fun and A Great Success!

Heidi Klum would certainly approve of the Suburban Woman’s Club Annual Fashion Show and Fund Raiser held on Sunday, April 22nd.  One hundred fifty ladies enjoyed a lovely lunch and watched models of all shapes, sizes and ages walk the runway at the South Plainfield Senior Center. 

VP Jane Rundella, Co-Chair of this event, was the show’s narrator and provided the audience ...

Press Releases

Pack 224 bids Farewell to Arrow of Light Scouts

April 24, 2018

It is with great pride and pleasure that Riley School Cub Scout Pack 224 acknowledges the dedication of the Arrow of Light den members who are now officially Boy Scouts.  All three have chosen to join Boy Scout Troop 309.  Since they were in first grade, Kevin Casaliggi, Lorenzo Fuscoletti, and Colin Morris have dutifully and consistently completed the necessary requirements to reach ...