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New Montclair High School Athletic Director Dr. Patrick Scarpello, who has been the AD at Summit for the past two years, stands with athletic secretary Anna Morreale at Summit's facilities. (photos courtesy of Patrick Scarpello)

Montclair Selects A Youthful AD
To Guide Mountie Sports Teams

By Steve Tober

Perhaps a successful trend is simply continuing around Essex County in terms of school districts deciding to go toward the idea of fresh, young energy guiding their scholastic sports programs; at least that has been the case at Millburn, Newark East Side, Verona and now Montclair High.

On Monday the Montclair Board of Education approved the recommendation of MHS Principal James Earle and interim AD Mike Miello to select Dr. Patrick Scarpello, 34, who had been the AD at Summit the past two years, to take over as the Mounties new assistant principal in charge of athletics.

“I was very impressed with Patrick and his passion for the job,” said Miello, who has been an athletic director at a number of schools, including Ramapo, Hackensack and Wayne Valley before coming to MHS last summer to fill in after Jeff Gannon was not retained in the job he held the previous four years. “He’s young, energetic and understands how multi-dimensional the Montclair athletic programs are, and he is enthusiastic about leading all the teams into the future.”

Young ADs in Essex County appointed over the past couple of years include Frank Bifulco at Millburn, Adrian Bosolasco at East Side and Robert Merkler at Verona, all of whom have received positive reviews from their brethren in the Super Essex Conference for their presence and diligence with their own schools’ sports programs, and within the SEC itself.

“It is a job that requires a great deal of time and energy and in our case we simply felt that Patrick was the right choice at this time,” said Miello. “You also have to have the people skills to deal with a variety of individuals and issues with the different programs, and we feel he has all the ingredients in his makeup to do a very good job for Montclair High School.”

Scarpello has had an extensive background in his still-burgeoning school administrative career having been a vice-principal at the Bolger Middle School in Keansburg for two years after also serving as an assistant AD in the large Hillsborough school district where he worked both alongside longtime AD Mike Fanizzi with the Somerset County high school athletic programs and coordinated the middle school sports programs as well.

He was also a health and physical education teacher in the Madison school district in Morris County for four years and served as highly-regarded coach Mark Sweeney’s assistant with the Madison High School boys lacrosse team for four seasons along with being an assistant to Steve Finklestein with the Madison girls hoops squad for three years.

Coming to Montclair certainly has the proverbiql juices flowing for the Wilmington, Del. native who earned his Bachelor’s degree from Wesley (Del.) College, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison and a Doctorate in High Education Leadership from Wilmington (Del.) University.

“I’m very excited about coming to Montclair and really like the diversity of the community,” said Scarpello. “I enjoyed my last two years in Summit, but I was looking to find a place to spend the rest of my career that was diverse like where I grew up in Delaware, and in speaking to everyone about North Jersey schools that would be great to be an athletic director at to achieve such a situation, so many said ‘Montclair.’

“I see great possibilities for all the different sports programs at the high school, and I look forward to doing everything in my power to help each team reach its greatest potential.”

In some cases, public school districts can delay the departure of an employee to a new position in another district for as many as 60 days, but it appears that Summit will not hold up Scarpello’s departure.

The new MHS AD, who resides in Bridgewater and has a 4-year-old daughter, McKinley, and a 3-year-old son, Jack, said he hopes to be able to start in his new job in Montclair as soon as it can be worked out with the powers that be, mentioning Dec. 15th as a possible start date.

“It’s a great opportunity to come to Montclair and I can’t wait to get started!” he added.

Follow Steve Tober on Twitter @Chattermeister

New Montclair High School AD Patrick Scarpello (center) meets up with his cousins, current Rutgers lacrosse players Christian (left) and Collin Scarpello.

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