After a rumor-filled offseason, it’s official, as Colts Neck girls basketball coach John Truhan is now the head man at Central, where he replaces Meredith Parliman. Truhan lives right down the street from Central, so this allows him to spend more time with his family. He leaves a team that he led to its first NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final appearance and its first Group IV title in school history in 2008-09. With a career record of 222-71 over 11 seasons, including 131-37 in six seasons at Colts Neck after coming over from Toms River South, Truhan will now try to turn around a program that went 10-14 this past winter. From what I hear, Truhan is also an excellent math teacher, so Central got a great pick-up on both ends.
Colts Neck is loaded up for another deep run in the playoffs as its entire lineup, which was all juniors in the winter and led by standout guards Brooke Hampton and Lauren Clarke, returns for next season, so this is a high-profile job opening, no question. I know Truhan has said that the move is family-related, and it’s hard to question any father doing something for his family. Still, walking away from a team that loaded, you know there was a little more to it. It’s just not anything that would come out on the record.
It also means Manasquan continues its search for a new coach, as the Warriors sent some entreaties to Truhan as well. From what I’ve heard from a few good sources, they could not offer a comparable paycheck to what Central was offering, in addition to Central’s convenience to Truhan’s home. It also means that Truhan’s talented staff could be snapped up elsewhere as well, as assistant Bob Ward, who led St. John Vianney to a TOC final before becoming Truhan’s assistant at Colts Neck, could possibly get the open Holmdel job. Ward is a Holmdel graduate.
Some possible candidates to replace Truhan at Colts Neck could be Doug Daubert, a long-time coach in various sports in the Freehold Regional District who is a teacher at Colts Neck and coached the Cougars’ girls basketball team in the earlier part of the millennium. Also, Colts Neck volleyball coach Glenn Jansen has also been mentioned. Plus, there’s always a chance that another high-profile coach from around the state could throw his or her name in the ring considering the amount of talent Colts Neck has returning the next year. I guess the big thing is finding a coach who will want to stick around beyond next season, after the whole starting lineup walks the aisle at graduation.
In other basketball news, Chris Champeau has been approved as the new boys basketball coach at Rumson-Fair Haven, replacing James Young, who left after two seasons to take the head girls basketball job at Red Bank Regional. Champeau was an assistant for Young last season and was previously the head coach at Rumson Country Day School. He also is president of the Randy Foye Foundation, working closely with the former Villanova star who is a Rumson resident in the offseason and was recently traded to the Washington Wizards. Champeau was also previously an assistant for Rollie Massimino at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla.
In football news, we will have video highlights up soon that will be free for all to watch from Monday night’s North-South All-Star Game at Kean University, which the South won in a real shootout, 7-0, thanks to a 63-yard touchdown pass in the first half by Freehold quarterback Nick Tyson, who is headed to The College of New Jersey. Point Boro lineman Jeff Keffer (Sacred Heart) also had a strong game on both sides of the ball and Barnegat wideout Dan Cintron (Lehigh) had a catch of over 50 yards. So make sure to check back for those highlights and more.