2018

  • November

    Newark Academy’s Matt Ciccone signs to play baseball at Rutgers

    While Matt Ciccone ’19 has been dreaming of the day he would sign his National Letter of Intent (NLI) even before he began his career at Newark Academy, when the moment finally came, Matt was happy to finish the process.
     
    Matt signed his NLI to play Division I baseball at Rutgers today. Matt will compete with the Big Ten university starting in the 2019-20 baseball season.
     
    “It’s obviously a proud moment for me and my family,” said Matt, who signed his NLI with his parents, two brothers, classmates and teachers looking on. “All the hard work these past three or four years ever since I was a freshman, was up to this moment. It’s kind of a relief to get it over and done with.”
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  • NA Hires Bryan Tavares as Head Baseball Coach

    The Newark Academy Athletics Department is excited to announced that Bryan Tavares is the new baseball coach.
     
    Coach Tavares, who played collegiate baseball at Emory University and the University of Richmond, comes to Newark Academy from Oratory Prep, where he was most recently a varsity assistant coach. Prior to coaching at Oratory, Coach Tavares led the Great Britain under 15 National Team to a silver medal at the European Championship Qualifier tournament in Hunenburg, Switzerland. Coach Tavares has also coached at the In the Zone Baseball & Softball Training Academy and for New York Empire Baseball’s travel team. 
     
    Coach Tavares said he is “looking forward to the opportunity to coach at Newark Academy and to build on the school’s well-established track record of baseball excellence.” 
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  • NA Boys’ Cross Country Wins Non-Public B Title

    Newark Academy put together a full team effort to win the NJSIAA Boys Non-Public B cross country Championship at Holmdel Park.
     
    The Minutemen had five runners finish in the top 18, earning them a team score of 54 to defeat Bishop Eustace (103 points) and Montclair-Kimberley (156). The top five NA runners finished within 34 seconds of each other to defeat the favored Bishop Eustace.

    “We really emphasize having them train and run together at practice,” Newark Academy Head Coach Sarah Guelich told NJ.com. “We like them running together in meets with the knowledge that they’re going to do better and run stronger with each other.”
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  • October

    NA Boys' Cross Country win NJISAA Prep B Cross Country Championships

    The Boys’ Cross Country Team won the team title of the NJISAA Prep B Championships for the first time in a decade by a convincing 35 points. 
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  • NA Girls Tennis Defeats Gill St. Bernard’s in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public B Tournament Finals

    The Newark Academy girls’ tennis team added a Sectional Title to their already impressive season. 
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  • September

    Boys’ Cross Country Wins NA Invitational

    The boys’ cross country team won the NA Invitational this past Saturday, September 8, 2018. The boys dedicated the win to Upper School Principal Rich DiBanca, presenting him with the trophy at an Upper School morning meeting on September 14, 2018.
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  • Nathan Drogin ’22 To Play Nationals At Augusta

    Nathan Drogin ’22 has been playing golf since he could walk and this spring, he’ll get to walk one of golf’s most coveted courses in, playing a truncated version of the Masters Course at Augusta National in Georgia.
     
    Nathan qualified for the National Finals of the Drive, Pitch and Putt, which is played at Augusta National Golf the Sunday before the Masters Tournament on April 7, 2019. To qualify, golfers had to make it through three stages. Rather than playing a full round of golf, courses were shrunk to make it more like pitch and putt or a par 3 golf course.
     
    While Nathan had tried in years past, he had never made it through to the finals. “This was my first year making it past the second stage and then I actually won the third stage, so that was pretty cool,” Nathan said. Now, he will be one of 10 boys in the oldest age group, 14-15, in the Nationals at Augusta, which will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel.
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  • August

    Jayden Zhou ’23 Represents USA NATIONAL YOUTH TEAM

    Jayden Zhou ’23 ended his summer on a high note by winning the Mini-Cadet Boys’ Singles event at the 2018 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open as a representative of the USA National Youth team in the World Junior Circuit competition. With his win, Jayden prevented a clean sweep of titles by Chinese Taipei, according to the International Table Tennis Federation.
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  • NEWARK ACADEMY WELCOMES KEITH FISCHER AS NEW FOOTBALL COACH

    The Athletic Department is thrilled to announce the hiring of Keith Fischer as the Minutemen’s new head football coach. Coach Fisher comes to NA with an accomplished football background, both as a player and working in an NFL front office with the Philadelphia Eagles.
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  • NEWARK ACADMEY WELCOMES BEN STUART AS NEW BOYS SOCCER COACH

    Newark Academy is thrilled to announce that Ben Stuart has been named the new varsity boys’ soccer coach. “I’m really excited about the intensity that coach Stuart going to bring to the program,” Athletic Director Ted Gilbreath.
     
    Coach Stuart will be transitioning from the girls’ team, where he will be served as NA’s interim head coach last season. Stuart was the top assistant for the girls team the two years prior. He has spent time with the boys’ team at the U.K. Elite residential camp in previous seasons.
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  • June

    NA Welcomes New Head Coach of the Boys' Varsity Basketball Team

    Newark Academy’s athletic program is thrilled to announce that Deon Mingo is the new head coach of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team. “Coach Mingo stood out as having the best combination of demeanor, ambition and relevant basketball experience to lead our program,” said Director of Athletics Ted Gilbreath. Coach Mingo is very excited to join the Newark Academy family and “to teach life lessons to student-athletes on and off the court and to help them strive for excellence throughout their lives.”
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  • NA Welcomes New Head Coach of the Boys’ Tennis Team

    The Athletics Department is excited to welcome back Lou Scerra as the next head coach of the Boys’ Tennis Team. Coach Scerra spent the better part of a decade at Newark Academy as the assistant coach for the Boys' and Girls' Tennis Teams and as a faculty member in the English department. During his tenure at Newark Academy, the tennis program was arguably the best in the state. In the final season of his first term, he functioned as the interim head coach for most of the season and led the team to an undefeated record, a state number one ranking and an elusive Tournament of Champions crown. 
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  • The Minutemen Welcome Back John Sternlicht ’08 as Head Wrestling Coach

    The Athletics Department is pleased to announce that John Sternlicht ’08 is the next head wrestling coach. As a wrestler at Newark Academy, Coach Sternlicht won 140 matches and set the school records for wins in a season (44) and pins in a season (34). His 111 career pins ranked him second in New Jersey wrestling history at the time. He was also a three-time District 14 champion, a two time Essex County champion and a member of the football and track team. 
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  • 2018 Summer Strength and Conditioning Program has Begun!

    By taking part in the 2018 Summer Strength and Conditioning Program, NA student-athletes can improve their running mechanics, acceleration, power, speed, and agility through fun and engaging drills that will also develop balance, coordination, and strength. The program runs until August 13. 
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  • The Minutemen Were Ranked Second Most Competitive Coed Athletic Program

    What a year! The Minutemen were ranked the second most competitive coed athletic program in the state of New Jersey for their group size by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association ((NJSIAA) in their ShopRite Cup Standings. Winning teams included: Varsity Girls’ Tennis - NJSIAA/New Balance Non-Public B Champion and Sectional Champions for North Non-Public B; Varsity Boys’ Tennis - State Sectional Champions, State Champions, county champion and conference champions; Varsity Girls’ Track - State Sectional Champions; and Varsity Boys’ Track - Prep B Champions. Additionally, six students from the Class of 2018 will play sports in college.  
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  • College-bound student athletes

    Congratulations to those members of the Class of 2018 who will be competing in college next year: Ben Kany (baseball at Yale University), Audra Wagner-Carlberg (track at Middlebury College), Mallory Shaw (softball at Franklin & Marshall College), Maddie Mudrick (softball at the University of Chicago) Veronica Czyzewski (fencing at Harvard University), Logan Rechler (fencing at Stevens Institute of Technology) and Claire Xu (swimming at Brandeis University). 
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  • May

    Newark Academy boys’ tennis team Wins Eighth straight Non-Public B title

    Congratulations to the members of the Boys’ Varsity Tennis Team on winning their eighth Non-Public B title as it defeated Rutgers Prep, 5-0, on May 23 at Mercer County Park in West Windsor.
     
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  • Middle School Track Team Awarded at Big Blue Relays

    Congratulations to the Middle School Girls’ Track Team on placing first and the Boys’ Track Team on placing second at the Big Blue Relays! 
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  • Anthony Giachin ’17 Named Patriot League Rookie of the Year

    Patriot League Baseball Major Awards and All-League Honors were announced and we’re so proud of Anthony Giachin ’17 on being named Patriot League Rookie of the Year! A three-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week, Giachin earns top-rookie honors in addition to being named a first-team all-League honoree after batting .292, slugging .384, and reaching base at a .371 clip, overall. In 25 League games, Giachin finished among the Patriot League leaders with a .322 batting average and 17 RBIs.
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  • Brady Scheaffer ’17 Named Newark Academy's 'Teammate of the Year'

    Brady Sheaffer ’17 has been awarded 'Teammate of the Year' honors for Newark Academy by the Super Essex Conference and Yogi Berra Museum. The award exemplifies "strength of character, sportsmanship, promoting team unity and supportive spirit though often unheralded, are vital to a team’s success," values which defined Yogi Berra as a leader on and off the field. Brady lettered in three varsity sports at NA during the 2017-18 school year, earning soccer First Team All-Conference and basketball Second Team All-Conference selection, and is currently on the lacrosse team. Her recorded 25 saves as goalie on the Minutemen's soccer team, including 10 versus Caldwell on September 27. He will be attending Washington University in St Louis, MO, beginning this fall.
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  • Boys' Varisty Track Team Named Prep B Champions!

    Congratulations to the members of the Boys' Varsity Track Team, coached by Tim McCall, on their Prep B Championship Title! 
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  • Middle School Swim Team Raised Funds for Newark Children to Promote Water Safety

    Every Newark Academy experience provides ample opportunities for students to develop a passion for learning, a standard of excellence and a generosity of spirit. And, members of the Middle School swim demonstrated their commitment to the Newark community – NA’s founding city – by raising $4,000 to the West Essex YMCA for their free weeklong Safety Around Water week. Additionally, they donated more than 450 swim caps and 250 pairs of goggles to the City of Newark Recreation Department. “You are our partner in keeping children safe, we could not provide the lessons or teach the skills without your generous gift. Please express our gratitude to all those that participated in your event and made this gift possible,” said Executive Director of the West Essex YMCA Helen Flores. Aquatics Supervisor for the City of Newark Catherine Lenix-Hooker echoed Helen’s sentiments, saying “My staff and I were overwhelmed when you drove up with 10 bags of these much-needed items. These gifts will make such a difference in the lives of those youth whose families cannot afford to purchase this kind of aquatic attire/gear in order for their children to enjoy our swimming pools.” 
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  • April

    Boys’ tennis wins the 2018 Essex County Tournament title

    Congratulations to our boys’ tennis team on taking home the Essex County Tournament title on April 21!  
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  • February

    James Blume ’19 Qualifies for NJSIAA Group Non-Public B Championships

    James Blume ’19 finished first in the pole vault at the NJSIAA Group Non-Public B sectional meet with a jump of 11'-6". He qualified for and will compete in the Meet of Champions on February 25.
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  • NA girls’ swimming qualifies for NJSIAA Non-Public B Championship Meet

    Girls’ swimming defeated St. Rose in the semifinal round of the NJSIAA Non-Public B tournament on February 19 to earn a spot in the February 24 state championship meet vs. Trinity Hall. Claire Xu ’18, Bridget Bowen ’19, Wenni Iben ’19 and Claire Ou ’21 all won individual events and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays came in first as well. Click here for more details. 
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  • More than $2,000 raised by Middle School Swim Team

    The 4th annual Middle School swim team Swim-A-Thon and Relay Carnival was a huge success! Swimmers asked their classmates, family and friends to pledge them for a 10-minute swim and, in total, the team swam more than 700 laps and raised $1,200 to provide swim lessons for children in Newark and increase awareness of water safety. And, since the Swim-A-Thon and Relay Carnival inception three years ago, the Middle School swim team has raised more than $7,500. Director of Aquatics at the West Essex YMCA Scott Weber also spoke with the swimmers about how the money raised made an impact by making the YMCA’s free five-day water safety classes possible.
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  • January

    NA Welcomes New Head Coach

    The Athletics Department is excited to announce that Tim McCall, NA humanities teacher and assistant cross country coach, will replace Stephen Bienko as the track and field head coach. Mr. McCall ran track and field at Bates College and will be supported this year by Coach Bella Galvez, who is also our head volleyball coach. 
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  • Middle School Wrestling Team Inspired to Be Great

    On January 16, the Middle School wrestling team welcomed Rohan Murphy, an American Paralympian, wrestler and motivational speaker, to practice. Earlier in the day, Rohan spoke to the Middle School students about his journey living without legs. At wrestling practice, Rohan showed the team various techniques he used while wrestling and talked to them about the sport.  
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