Del Dal Pra at Count Basie Park, where the stadium football field was prepped for installation of a new surface last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)


hot topic red bank njEarly on in his new job as Red Bank parks and recreation director, Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra suspected he’d have to make changes that would tick some people off.

Two encounters this spring convinced him he had no choice.

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louis del dalpra 2010 Louis ‘Del’ DalPra on the sidelines in 2010. (Click to enlarge.)


Red Bank Regional’s man of many caps, Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra, is retiring.

This time, unlike his last attempt to leave a decade ago, it’s for real, he said.

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John S. Truhan III, pictured in 2014 during his tenure at Central Regional High School, has been hired to coach the Girls Basketball team at Red Bank Regional.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At its September 27 board meeting, the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education appointed John S. Truhan III as its new head coach for girls’ basketball.  The position was vacated by James Young, who joined the Monmouth University Women’s Basketball coaching staff this year.

A member of the New Jersey State Coaches Hall of Fame, Coach Truhan has enjoyed a 23 year-long career in education, and 18 years coaching basketball. He has led teams to 324 wins over the course of his his career, having previously coached at Colts Neck (where he won the State Championship and reached the Tournament of Champion finals), Central Regional and Toms River South, where his squad also won the state title.

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Friends, family members, school administration and Board of Education members gathered at Red Bank Regional to celebrate the memory of Robert Strangia, the most-winning coach in RBR history. The event, which took place prior to the RBR’s first home football game on September 15, saw the dedication of the street leading to the school’s stadium as Robert Strangia Way.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On September 15, history was memorialized prior to the first home football game of the season at Red Bank Regional High School. Robert Strangia, the legendary football coach who tallied the most wins in the school’s history, was honored by friends and family, and many of the students whose lives he touched and changed forever.

Two of the former students, Jerry Agee and Pete Soviero, petitioned the RBR Board of Education to honor their hero and mentor, and fundraised for the event. At the ceremony, the road that leads around the school building to the football stadium was officially designated as “Robert Strangia Way” in honor of the beloved coach, who resides now in Florida but was unable to attend due to health reasons.

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Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Ella Brockway of Shrewsbury, a senior at Red Bank Regional High School and editor in chief of the school’s student newspaper, was recently named the Garden State Scholastic Press Association’s New Jersey Student Journalist of the Year.

The honor comes with her winning the Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the New Jersey Press Foundation (NJPF) and the Garden State Scholastic Press Association. Ella will be honored by the NJPF at its annual Spring Awards Celebration in Hamilton on April 20, and will represent New Jersey in the 2017 Journalism Education Association’s National Student Journalist of the Year competition.

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Pictured at the recent Buccaneer Unified Club Sports (BUCS) game in which both regular and special education, intellectually disabled students played together as teammates are (standing, left to right) Nick Arnone, Lauren Keale, Zoey Kallerher, Michael Eulner, Stephen Navitzky; (kneeling) Sarah Keale and Diana Santamaria Delgado.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This past year, Red Bank Regional High School Athletic Director Del DalPra was able to secure a $3,500 grant from the Special Olympics Organization with the aim of becoming a Special Olympics Unified School.

RBR joins over 4,300 middle and high schools in the United States which have adopted this program, in which able-bodied kids play side by side with special education children who are intellectually disabled. According to the Unified Olympic website, “Unified Sports is also an integral part of the Special Olympics Unified Strategy for Schools, which was founded in 2008 and funded through the U.S. Department of Education to use Special Olympics as a way to build inclusion and tolerance in schools.”

The winter basketball program included eight special education students from the school’s “self-contained” program, and 18 regular education students. All were equal participants in the program and all had an equally great time playing a competitive basketball game every Tuesday night over the past two months. The name of the team, BUCS, is an appropriate acronym for Buccaneer Unified Club Sports.

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Strength coach Jack Provine trains the off-season Girls’ Lacrosse team and other students, inside the new fitness center at Red Bank Regional High School.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

“With the rate of youth obesity growing each year, this generation of young people will be the first to have a shorter life span than their parents,” observes Red Bank Regional High School athletic director Del Dal Pra, “unless we as a society do something about it…(and) at RBR we are doing something about it.”

Del Pra refers to the school’s latest investment in the health of its students: a new fitness center building addition, financed by the RBR School Board and furnished with donations primarily from the RBR BUC Backer Foundation and the Buccaneer Athletic Foundation. The public/private partnership created a striking facility which is in constant utilization.

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rbr-athletic-hall-of-famePictured from left to right are Red Bank Regional Athletic Hall of Fame Committee members Lou DeGeorge, Nick Pizzulli, Christina Emrich, Del Dal Pra, Bill Galatro, and Charles Taylor.  The committee is currently seeking nominations to its inaugural class by May 1, 2017.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For the first time in its storied 100-year history, the Red Bank Regional High School District is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Committee will seek to induct individuals (including student athletes, and coaches) and teams who have made significant contributions to the school’s athletic program, with nominations accepted through May 1, 2017. The inaugural induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in October of 2017.

Alumni nominees need to have graduated over 10 years ago, and faculty nominees must be retired. Nominations, including posthumously nominated candidates, are welcome from former coaches, faculty, students and alumni, and can span the history of the old Red Bank High School and the present-day Red Bank Regional.

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rbr-girls-soccerRed Bank Regional Athletic Director Del Dal Pra and Coach Nick Tucker (at left and right) congratulate Girls’ Soccer Team co-captains Grace Dengler (Little Silver), Emily Bynoe (Shrewsbury), and Hannah Proodian (Red Bank). The team was recently honored with the Shore Conference Referees Association’s Sportsmanship award, the only one of more  than 40 teams in the conference to claim the honor.


Del Dal Pra Nick GiglioRed Bank Regional head football coach Nick Giglio (right, with RBR athletic director Del Dal Pra) has been named Coach of the Year by the Asbury Park Press.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

First he was named Football Coach of the Year. Then, Coach of the Season. Most recently, Red Bank Regional High School’s football head coach Nick Giglio was honored as Coach of the Year, among all area Shore Conference high school sports teams, by the Asbury Park Press.

In a development that he called “a total surprise and a total honor,” Giglio was formally presented with the award on June 13 by Giants football legend Eli Manning, during the annual Jersey Shore Sports Banquet.

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RBR alumni gameLeft to right: Red Bank Regional coach and alumnus Jeff Mauro and RBR athletic director Del Dal Pra receive a check for $5,000 from former Buc footballer Jim Palumbo. Also displayed is an autographed photo montage of the players who took part in the school’s first Alumni Game.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On May 14, 2016, Red Bank Regional High School held its first football Alumni Game at Count Basie Field — a contest that rematched the RBR players with their oldest rivals in the Shore Conference, Long Branch High School.

Over 2,000 people attended the match, making it the most well attended alumni game in recent history. While the game did not go well for the Bucs, who lost 24- 0, the current and future RBR athletes were the true winners, as $5,000 of the proceeds were donated to RBR for its new fitness room.

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Del Dal Pra AD of yearRed Bank Regional Athletic Director Del Dal Pra is pictured with RBR student athletes Joel Rivera of Union Beach (Indoor Track and Outdoor Track), Hayley Rienzo of Deal (Bowling and Softball),  and Thomas Lloyd of Shrewsbury (Student Athletic Trainer). 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

In a year during which Red Bank Regional High School has experienced several sport championships in football, girls’ cross country, girls’ swimming and girls’ tennis, it is only fitting that the 2015-2016 session concludes with the recognition of RBR’s Athletic Director Del Dal Pra as Jersey Sporting News’ pick for Athletic Director of the Year.

Del Dal Pra came to RBR eight years ago. During that time he has been able to establish feeder teams to the high school program with the Little Bucs Program. He succeeded, in partnership with parent groups, to finally put lights on the football stadium.  This year, he helped fulfill a long-standing school-wide need and opened a state-of-the art fitness center, something which will benefit the health of RBR students for years to come.

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Del Dal Pra RBR fitness ctrPictured with RBR athletic Director Del Dal Pra and Coach Nick Giglio are the RBR athletes who had gathered to work in the new fitness facility after school.  

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This school year saw the debut of a spacious new 2,700 sq. ft. fitness center at Red Bank Regional High School, a much desired addition that came to fruition through a a financial commitment by the Board of Education to fund the construction, and from community donations to furnish the space. The BUC Backer Foundation and BUC Backer Booster Club fundraised over $75,000 to provide state-of-the art equipment, and the addition cost  of $1,070,000  was funded under the district’s capital improvement fund.

The new facility allows for 60 to 70 students to work out comfortably; since its opening this past fall, its utilization has seen about that number on any given afternoon. During the day, physical education classes visit the facility to instruct students how to use the equipment.  Lesson plans are being written to incorporate use of the facility into next year’s curriculum.

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lacrossecoachesofficialRed Bank Regional recently named new head coaches to their girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams.  Pictured with the RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra (center) are Kevin Main, boys lacrosse, and RBR alumna Brook Connell, the new girls’ lacrosse head coach. (Photo by Ella Brockway)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Come springtime, two new faces will be commanding the sidelines for the Lacrosse programs at Red Bank Regional High School. Kevin Main and RBR alumna Brook Connell were announced on December 16 as the new head coaches for the 2016 Bucs boys’ and girls’ teams, respectively.

“I’m excited to have both Kevin and Brook onboard,” stated RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra. “We think that they can both bring great stability to our boys’ and girls’ lacrosse programs, not only at the high school level but also at the feeder system.”

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jack-renkens-at-game-2Nationally noted speaker Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities returns to Red Bank Regional on November 10, for a free public-welcome talk on “What Every Family Needs to Know about the College Athletic Process.”

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the evening of Tuesday, November 10, national college athletic keynote speaker Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities makes a scheduled return to Red Bank Regional High School to detail the strategies and realities of college athletic recruitment. The public is invited to attend this free event, going on at 7 pm inside the auditorium of the school at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.

A company press release describes the program as follows: “Parents have an opportunity to hear the truth about college athletic recruiting, the role of their high school coach, the impact of today’s social media and where parents fit in the process.”

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Bucs state champs 120875 p21The Red Bank Register provided extensive coverage of Red Bank Regional’s 1975 state championship win over Hightstown. Below, 10 members of the 1975 team with RBR athletic director Del Dal Pra. (Click to enlarge)

1975teamThey went 11-0 that year, and extended their winning streak to 28 games. But the capper of the 1975 football season for the Red Bank Regional Buccaneers was a hard-won, 46-44 victory over Hightstown for the Central Jersey Group II state championship.

“Those who were there are already calling it the greatest high school football game ever played in this state,” the Red Bank Register reported in the opening paragraph of a story about the contest.

Now, 40 years later, the Little Silver school is hoping to bring the players together again.

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familybarbequeAmong the students and parents who mingled at the RBR Freshmen Orientation barbeque were (L-R) Eric, Sherry and Emily Jaramillo (Millstone); Bettina and Freshman Raymond Forbes (Red Bank); Whitney, Jack, Emily and Jim Dee (Little Silver).

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School   

On Wednesday, August 26, nearly 300 new ninth graders were told This is a great time to be a Buc,” as the Red Bank Regional High School Freshman Orientation welcomed the Class of 2019 to the school’s campus.

For several hours, the students were shepherded around their new and much larger school by RBR Student to Student Peer leaders as the newbies acquired student IDs, set-up computer student accounts, learned how to open lockers, and ran through their daily schedules. They also received the “inside scoop” from the upper classman in peer-on-peer meetings to answer all freshmen questions.

“It’s a big school.” one ninth grader anxiously remarked. “Will the teachers be okay if you are late the first day of class?”

“They know that this is all still new to you. They will be lenient the first week of class, but better be on time after that,” came the sage reply.

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Classof_-_CopyThe Red Bank Regional High School Athletic Director Del Dal Pra receives a generous donation from members of the Red Bank High School Class of 1960, toward the completion of a new 3,000 square foot fitness center. The RBR Buc Backer Foundation recently granted $50,000 to finance half the cost of the much-needed new facility, and the Red Bank Regional School District is welcoming community donations of funds and necessary fitness equipment.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For decades, the weight room adjacent to the legendary field house/ gymnasium at Red Bank Regional High School was akin to a poor stepchild; antiquated, undersized and poorly furnished.  That will soon change as the Board of Education, through their capital improvement account, was able to fund the construction of a nearly 3,000 square foot fitness center; accessed directly behind the field house structure that has hosted many athletic events (including indoor track meets) through the years.

Construction on the fitness center began this spring and will continue throughout the summer, with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2015. The center will be utilized by the entire school through gym classes that every student must take, as well as for training of RBR’s athletes — and while the construction of the fitness center for $928,000 was funded by the Red Bank Regional School District, the Board of Education hopes to furnish the space with donations from the community.

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thebigcheckRBR Buc Backer President Paul Noglows presents Red Bank Regional Supervisor Peter Grandinetti with a very large check (symbolically and figuratively) for a special console to better operate the lights used during theatre performances and other school programs. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Red Bank Regional (RBR) Buc Backer Foundation is composed of an active group of passionate parents who raise money and perform functions to support all aspects of student life at Red Bank Regional High School.  The fruits of their fund-raising efforts were recently exemplified by the granting of over $75,000 in eight teacher or administrator requested grants to the school district.

“Throughout the year, we raise funds to benefit all aspects of student life in supporting academic success, as well as athletic, artistic and extracurricular development,” explains RBR Buc Backer president Paul Noglows. “Many of these items just couldn’t be met within the constraints of RBR’s fiscally tight, tax-payer supported budget. So for instance, while the Board of Education did finance the construction of a new fitness room through their capital budget, we helped furnish that space with a $50,000 grant for sports equipment.”

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JazzRed Bank Regional scholar-athlete Jazz Van Loon of Little Silver is headed to Dartmouth this fall, where she will compete on the Ivy League school’s track and field team.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Jazz Van Loon of Little Silver, a senior at Red Bank Regional High School and a well accomplished scholar-athlete, is headed to the Ivy League this fall, when she joins the track and field team at Dartmouth College.

“I am thrilled to be playing for Dartmouth,” states the resident of Little Silver. “It is an incredible opportunity to obtain a top education and play Division I sports.”

While the Big Green had a need for Jazz’s talents in long jumping — she holds the RBR record for the long jump and triple jump, and was the 2013-2014 Monmouth County Women’s Champion in the long jump — she could have easily played basketball or soccer for many other colleges. The captain of all three sports for several years at RBR, Jazz lists numerous other impressive athletic accomplishments. She was her team’s high scorer in basketball for the past three years, becoming a member of the elite 1,000 point scorers club this year. She also holds the school record for most goals scored in a single season in soccer, at 25.

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P1200923Two River Little League president Chris Kelly (second from left, with t-shirt) is pictured in a file photo with TRLL board member John Caruso, Red Bank Regional athletic director Del Dal Pra, TRLL vice president Memone P. Crystian, and TRLL board member Bob Oakes.

From press materials furnished by Red Bank Recreation

Winter may still have the greater Red Bank green in its icy clutches — but for the organizers of the Two River Little League, it’s “put me in, coach…there’s new grass on the field.”

There’s still time for boys and girls to sign up for the newly created league, with the deadline for registration on January 31 — and a special public information session for Red Bank kids and parents scheduled for 7:30 pm this Friday, January 24, at Borough Hall on Monmouth Street.

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P1200923Several of the people who were instrumental in establishing the Two River Little League (TRLL) — a new chapter of Little League International encompassing Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, Rumson and Shrewsbury — are (left to right):  TRLL Board Member John Caruso; TRLL President Chris Kelly; Del Dal Pra, Athletic Director Red Bank Regional High School; TRLL Vice President/Softball Memone P. Crystian, and TRLL Board Member Bob Oakes. (click to enlarge)

From press materials furnished by Marianne Kligman

The towns of Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, Rumson and Shrewsbury have formed a new charter as part of Little League International.  Known as the Two River Little League, boys and girls ages 9 to 16 can begin signing up January 1 to play baseball and softball this spring. The registration period extends through February 1, and can be accessed at each town’s website. or by visiting the recreational department for each town for registration forms. Younger children ages 5 to 8 will continue to play with their town’s recreational leagues in the existing Peninsula League.

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P1200095The RBR Buccaneer Athletic Foundation members proudly stand before the new lights on the RBR athletic field. Left to right are (back row) foundation members Don Chamberlain, Scott Navitsky, athletic foundation President Cathy Reardon, RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra, RBR Superintendent Dr. Jim Stefankiewicz; (front row) Anne Amato, Debbie Juliano, Jody Navitsky and Judy Bonanno. Not pictured are foundation members Diane Davis and Beth Lloyd. (Click to enlarge)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

After two years of fundraising, The Red Bank Regional Buccaneer Athletic Foundation (RBRBAF) has succeeded in its founding initiative of bringing lights to the Red Bank Regional athletic field in the fruition of their “Let There Be Lights” campaign —and on the evening of September 20, the Friday Night Lights come on for the first time, as the RBR Buccaneers play the Wall Township Crimson Knights in a contest that kicks off at 7 pm.

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Del Pra2Louis Dal Pra won’t be leaving his job as RBR’s athletic director after all.


When redbankgreen called Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra‘s office late Friday morning, he didn’t have to wait for the question to be asked. He knew the reason for the call, and got right to it.

“I’m back,” he said, confirming the rumors that he decided to stay put as Red Bank Regional‘s athletic director. “It’s official.”

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