Before I get to this quick tidbit, a quick apology to Point Boro senior linebacker Zach Hayden. I knew with all the players I was mentioning in my preseason article today that somehow I would accidentally leave someone out, and it’s fixed now. Hayden was an All Shore Media first-teamer last year and is one of the top returning linebackers in the Shore and one of the key returners for the Panthers, so you would figure I would remember, but it was a brain meltdown on my part. I’ll try to keep those to a minumum.
Anyway, I just talked to Red Bank Catholic coach Jim Portela and he mentioned that former New York Jets All-Pro Joe Klecko might be helping the Caseys out as a preseason instructor, meaning he will drop by some practices and work with the team. Klecko’s son is an incoming freshman for the Caseys, whose freshman class is reportedly loaded with talent. Klecko’s older son, Dan, starred for Marlboro and then went on to become the Big East Player of the Year at Temple before embarking on an NFL career that has led him to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he is a defensive lineman.
Another big name will be an assistant all season as former Matawan legend Kenny Mandeville is an assistant under new coach Skip Edwards at St. John Vianney. Mandeville is also the father of one of the best Shore Conference quarterbacks of the last 20 years, former Raritan great and two-time first team All-State performer Andrew Mandeville, who is in the running to be Monmouth University’s starting QB this year.