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Asbury Park Press

In an announcement that shook up the Shore Conference football world late Wednesday night, Shane Fallon was named Nepptune High School’s head football coach.

Fallon, the former highly-successful Rumson-Fair Haven Regional head coach who has been the Holmdel High School athletic director the last five years, replaces Tarig Holman, who was recently named head coach at JFK-Iselin in Middlesex County.

Holman was Neptune’s coach the last three seasons. The Scarlet Fliers went 11-19 under Holman, including 6-4 in 2019 when they qualified for the NJSIAA playoffs for the first time since 2014.  

“It’s a football town. I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Fallon Thursday morning. 

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Fallon said he will remain the athletic director at Holmdel through the end of the school year and then become a physical education teacher as well as run the weight room at Neptune in the summer.

“The last two years, I’ve missed coaching,” Fallon said. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy administration. It’s that I missed being around kids and practice.

“I thought if the right challenge came along, I’d be excited for it. The Neptune opening was something I’d look into. I didn’t know until last week that it would work out.”    

Fallon coached Rumson-Fair Haven for 15 seasons from 1998-2012 and laid the foundation for the Rumson-Fair Haven program to become the Shore Conference power it is today.

He coached the Bulldogs to the first of their six NJSIAA sectional championships in 2010, when they upended then defending Central Group II champion Matawan 13-7 in the Central II championship game at Kean University.

Fallon, who coached Rumson-Fair Haven to 106 wins, resigned from coaching after the 2012 season and became the Holmdel athletic director in the summer of 2015. 

Neptune, which was a Shore Conference power in the 1990’s when the late John Amabile was the head coach, has had six coaches since Amabile. Neptune won three of its four sectional championships under Amabile. 

The Scarlet Fliers won a fourth sectional championship in 2011 under head coach Mark Ciccotelli. 

“It’s a good job,” Fallon said. “Hopefully, I can be the coach there for 10 years. I know what we can become if we give the kids the right balance.”

Fallon said his first priority is to put together a coaching staff. He does not know yet who will be on his coaching staff.

Neptune is scheduled to open the 2020 season – if the coronavirus pandemic has cleared by then and schools are allowed to reopen, Aug. 29 at Rutgers against Red Bank Catholic. 

The Scarlet Fliers will compete in the Shore Conference Liberty Division with Colts Neck, Manasquan, Point Pleasant Boro, Raritan, Red Bank Regional and Toms River South. 

They will also play at Howell, which is currently looking for a head coach after Luke Sinkhorn resigned as coach earlier this month, in a nondivisonal game and host old rival Asbury Park on Thanksgiving Day.    

Steven Falk covers scholastic football, wrestling and baseball for app.com and is a life-long resident of the Shore area who loves the rich history of sports in the Shore area. 732-643-4267; sfalk@gannettnj.com

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