Mount 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.
Varsity Field Hockey - Brittany blankmeyer
Brittany Blankmeyer came to the Mount with over 15 years of coaching experience at all different levels. She is a former collegiate athlete playing Division I Field Hockey at Hofstra University. Coach Blankmeyer was a two-time Second Team All-Conference selection. Before coming to the Mount, she spent several years coaching at Madison High school and Morristown High School. She has 10 years experience coaching for the US futures program. In her first season at Mount, the team showed a lot of promise, finishing 9-16 with a strong schedule. In just her second season the team improved to 10-4 with big wins which helped us make an impact in our conference. With Coach Blankmeyer at the helm the future is bright for Mount Field Hockey.
junior varsity field hockey - rachelle hare
varsity soccer - phil iuliano
Phillip Iuliano’s passion for soccer has developed into a career. His experience is vast on many levels - youth player, semi-professional player, administration, manager, and coach. His philosophy is simple and balanced with an emphasis on respect. Since joining the Mount in 2013, he has transformed the program into championship caliber status. Accomplishments include Conference Titles, County Tournament Finalist, State Tournament Finalist, and State top 20 ranking. In 2016, Phil was named Courier News All-Area Coach of the Year and in 2020 he achieved his 100th career win as a high school varsity coach, all at the Mount.
junior varsity soccer - kelly watson
varsity tennis - kim miller
Kim Miller was born in New York and raised in New Jersey. Kim played tennis for the Watchung Hills Regional High School Tennis Team and graduated in 2002 and then continued her education at Monmouth University where she received a B.A. in Psychology. After college Kim began working for the Warren Township School district and pursued her teaching career. In addition to teaching Kim began her tennis coaching career starting with Pingry’s men’s and women’s JV Tennis teams. Kim later on coached JV tennis at Bernards High School and Rutgers Prep. When Kim is now teaching and coaching high school aged students, she enjoys teaching her Kindergarten students how to play as she offers summer clinics and tennis lessons for players who are beginning to learn to play the sport.
ASSISTANT VARSITY TENNIS - MADELINE ALBRITTAIN
Junior Varsity Tennis - Ryan Shellhammer
Varsity 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. He is currently the U-17, U-18 Head coach at North Jersey Volleyball Club. He has led the Mount Saint Mary Academy volleyball team to the 2016 Skyland Conference Championship and the 2016 NJSIAA Prep State Championship.
Junior Varsity Volleyball - Francesca Sengel
Freshmen Volleyball - Kara Bagniewski
Varsity 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.
Junior Varsity Basketball - kelly watson
Freshman Basketball - Marissa Maffei
Varsity 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. She coached MSMA to a NJSIAA Non-Public B State Champs in 2013-14 and NJISAA A Div. State Champs 2014-15.
Spring Track & Field
Andre Bridgett and Kim Miller
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.
(see Tennis for Ms. Miller's biography)
Varsity 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 before continuing his studies and 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 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. The team also won its first ever Somerset County Tournament game advancing to the quarterfinals and won its first ever New Jersey Group 1 South game advancing to the quarterfinals. In 2016, the lacrosse team repeated as Valley Division Champions finishing with a 14-7 overall record and advanced to the quarterfinals in the Somerset County Tournament and New Jersey Group 1 South tournament. In 2017, the lacrosse team not only repeated as Valley Division Champions and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Somerset County Tournament but also won its first ever state championship, winning the New Jersey Group 1 Central Sectional Title. The team finished with an overall record of 18-3 record. In 2018, the lacrosse repeated as Valley Division Champions for the fourth year in a row, advanced to the semifinals of the Somerset County tournament (a program first) and finished with a 19-4 record. The 2018 team finished their season ranked #17 in the state by NJ.com and for the second year in a row advanced to the New Jersey Group 1 Central Sectional Championship. In 2019, the lacrosse team moved up divisions and now competes in the Raritan Division of the Skyland Conference. The team finished with a record of 15-7 that year. Since joining the Mount family in 2015, the lacrosse team has a record of 79 win and 24 losses.
In addition to serving as a Social Studies teacher and the varsity lacrosse head coach at Mount Saint Mary Academy, Matthew also coaches for STEPS ELITE, a girl's lacrosse club team, and has served as the head coach of the New Jersey Command Division team of the Under Armour Underclass All America tournament in 2016, 2018, and 2019. In June of 2018, his New Jersey team went undefeated at the tournament winning the national championship against Washington, D.C.
Junior Varsity Lacrosse - Robert Rafferty
Varsity Softball - Jody D'Amato
Coach D’Amato began playing softball at a very young age. Her love of the game was inspired by her dad who was always there to watch her play and eventually coach. She coached for the N.J. Wildcats 18 and Under program for many years leading them to an A.S.A Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship. While traveling throughout the country with the Wildcats she began to see the need for player development and began N.J. Fastpitch Camps and Clinics. Coach D’Amato has 35 years of coaching experience. She was nominated for entrance into the Amateur Softball Association (A.S.A) Hall of Fame.
“Coaching Mount softball gives me the honor of working with coachable student athletes that have a desire to learn and succeed. I love the opportunity to help them grow to love the game that I have loved for over 40 years. It’s not how we start that matters, it’s how we finish and, in the process, make memories that last forever.”