Varsity Coaching Staff

Mount Saint Mary Academy endeavors to hire the most competent, professional coaches possible in each sport. In addition to teaching the skills associated with their specific sports, the coaches emphasize teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play. Since the coaching staff has a significant impact on the student athletes under their direction, it is imperative that they model the values of honesty, integrity, justice, and respect.

Athletics at Mount Saint Mary Academy are very competitive.  What we ask of our coaching staff is to strive for excellence on and off the field and to always represent our school with pride.

Basketball

Ryan Shellhammer
Ryan Shellhammer is from New Brunswick, New Jersey and attended St. Peter’s High School in his hometown where he played varsity basketball and baseball for three years before continuing his studies at Rutgers University.  In 2004, he joined the Girls Central Jersey Cardinals AAU coaching staff, where he led the same team from the U12 age group until they were U17.  Ryan went through the recruiting process with this team and helped many of the players to be successful at the college level.  He then returned to his high school alma mater to coach basketball for four years.  Following his coaching time at St. Peter’s, Ryan served at Rutgers Preparatory School, where he was the head coach of the girls junior varsity basketball team, as well as an assistant on the Somerset County Championship varsity team’s coaching staff.  He also assisted with the boys’ program at RPS, helping win four state prep championships.  Ryan co-founded Hoop Nation in 2010, and founded Shellhammer Basketball with his father, Joe, also a long time coach.

Lacrosse

Matthew Anzalone
Matthew Anzalone is from Westfield, New Jersey and attended Oratory Preparatory High School in Summit, New Jersey where he was a three-sport varsity athlete: running varsity cross country and playing varsity basketball and lacrosse. During his senior year, he was elected captain and most valuable player of the lacrosse team. During his time at Oratory, he was also awarded All-Star accolades in lacrosse receiving Honorable Mention in the Kimber Division twice. Matthew continued his lacrosse career playing at the collegiate level at Division III, Susquehanna University. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History, he went on to receive his certification and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education Social Studies and TSD (Teacher of Students with Disabilities) Endorsement from Monmouth University.

In 2014, Matthew was named junior varsity head coach of the Westfield High School girl’s lacrosse team. During his tenure there, he utilized a positive coaching style to teach techniques in practice and game situations and led the Westfield JV girls’ team to an 11-7-1 record.  The team concluded the season with a second place finish in the Union County Junior Varsity Girls Lacrosse Tournament. Matthew spent the summer of 2014 coaching the 10th grade high school boy’s Brotherhood Club lacrosse team. During his time there, he created a foundation of trust, discipline, and teamwork that led the 10th grade team to a 14-3 record, winning the Summer Slam and Bulldog Bash tournaments as well as earning a second place finish at Patriot Games tournament.  In 2015, Matthew's first year as varsity lacrosse coach at Mount Saint Mary Academy, the team finished with a 13-3 record. Matthew earned the Coach of the Year Award as the team went on to win its first-ever Valley Division Title in the Skyland Conference. In addition to serving as a Social Studies teacher and the varsity lacrosse head coach at the Mount, Matthew also coaches the T3 2019 Blue girl's lacrosse club team.

Spring Track and Field

Andre Bridgett
Andre Bridgett’s passion for track and field is contagious as illustrated by the many Meet of Champion qualifiers he has guided over the years as a coach of cross country, winter track, and spring track and field. Coach Bridgett’s experience as a coach of an Olympic finalist and World Champion medalist as enabled him to continue to develop champions in every area of track and field. He has been a head coach in New Jersey for over 18 years and continues to inspire and guide young athletes. He has been named Coach of the Year by the Trenton Times Newspaper, the Princeton Packet, and the Newark Star Ledger. Mr. Bridgett was also a successful sprinter both in high school as well as college. He still competes as a Masters track and field athlete and continues to realize success in this arena.   Additionally, Mr. Bridgett is usually an instructor along with other college and Olympic coaches at a number of track and field camps throughout the northeast region. When not coaching, Mr. Bridgett enjoys teaching and helping students learn Advanced Placement biology and molecular biology.

Soccer
Phillip Iuliano 

Phillip Iuliano has been involved with soccer for 40 years as a player and coach. He played for E.S.C., better known as the Union Lancers, one of the most successful youth programs in the country.  

 

After graduating from St. Mary's of the Assumption High School in 1987, he continued his playing career at the USASA semi-professional level.  In 1999, he founded the U.S. PARMA Soccer Club starting with a men's semi-professional team.  In 2005, he implemented the club's youth program for boys and girls where he continues to coach teams with players ranging in age from 10 to 23.  Through the years, many of his teams accomplished successful achievements, including state cup titles.   

 

Softball

Denise Materia
Denise Materia is in her twenty-seventh year as the Mount's Director of Athletics.  She has a B.S. from Montclair State University and an M.A. from Kean University.  In 19 seasons as head coach of the Mount varsity softball team, Ms. Materia has led the Lions to two state sectional semi-final appearances and four conference titles.  She was named Coach of the Year in 1998. 

Ms. Materia was a head coach with the New Jersey Wildcats Club program for 16 years and guided the team to a 560-235 record, seven state final appearances, 12 regional championship appearances, and two ASA national appearances.  She was also the hitting coach of the 18U Wildcats, a team that won the Mid-Atlantic Regional ASA Championships and advanced to nationals.

Swimming

Megan Decker
Megan Decker has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven.  She grew up swimming at the Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA until graduating high school.  She was a five-time record holder at Cranford High School where she received All America honors at the YMCA Nationals in Orlando, Florida.  She attended Villanova University on a four-year scholarship and was award Most Valuable Swimmer her freshman year.  She has coached numerous swim club programs and currently teaches private and group swim lessons to all ages at Lifetime Athletic in Berkeley Heights.   

Volleyball

Darek Libucha
Mr. Libucha is originally from Poland where he was a physical education teacher, coach, and the technical coordinator of the Youth State Volleyball Program.  As a coach, his team advanced to the state championships five times and won three state titles.  He was also the coach of a national runner-up.  He is a graduate of the Academy of Physical Education in Krakow, Poland.

Since relocating to the United States, Mr. Libucha has coached various sports at Montclair Kimberly Academy, DePaul Catholic, and Passaic Valley Regional.   In addition to serving as the Mount's varsity volleyball coach, he is currently an instructor at the North Jersey Volleyball Club.

 

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