SUMMIT, N.J. - Less than one month after winning a New Jersey state football championship, Summit head coach John Liberato announced his "retirement" as the varsity coach on January 8.


During his six seasons as the Hilltopper head coach, Liberato oversaw two state championship teams and a state runner-up, making the postseason five consecutive years after going 3-7 during his first campaign.

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More importantly, he was able to coach his two sons, Sal and Nick, during their time at Summit High School.

Sal, the oldest of Liberato's sons, is currently a sophomore wide receiver at Monmouth University.

Nick is currently a senior outside linebacker at Summit High School. According to sources, he will sign a national letter of intent to play at Sacred Heart in the fall.

"I'm very proud of both of them," Liberato said. "They are tireless workers, not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. I'm very excited. They are scheduled to play each other next year. I want to see if they match-up against each other [in college], Sal is a slot receiver and Nick an outside linebacker."

Despite leaving the program for three months, it appears he will not go very far.

Liberato will remain a part of the Hilltoppers athletic department, retaining his position as a physical education teacher.

“There’s no better place to coach than Summit High School,” he said after announcing his retirement. “I am so thankful for the opportunity that Summit gave me.”