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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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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rb v lb 0514 10RB V LB 051416 1A running back for Red Bank Regional looked for daylight against Long Branch High in the first-ever alumni matchup of the longtime grid rivals held at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank Saturday.

The full-contact game, complete with veteran cheerleaders, drew a crowd of about 2,000, according to organizer Jeff Mauro, of OT Football, and resulted in no serious injuries, he said. Long Branch won, 24-0. Some of the proceeds are to go to the two schools’ football programs. (Photos by Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RBR Alumni_PhotoFormer Red Bank Regional players prep for their first alumni football game against their oldest rival Long Branch, scheduled for May 14 at Count Basie Field.

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It’s considered the oldest football rivalry in the New Jersey Shore Conference — and on Saturday, May 14, alumni from Red Bank Regional High School will face off against their counterparts from Long Branch High School, in their first-ever Alumni Game.

Scheduled for kickoff at 4 p.m., the game will take place at the Count Basie turf field, located at 11 Henry Street in Red Bank. It’s a fitting bookend to a year marked by great athletic success for the current RBR team, which went undefeated and made it to the state championship for the first time in decades.

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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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jack-navitsky-The Bucs of Red Bank Regional celebrate their opening home football game under the lights on Friday, September 18, with a kick-off picnic that will benefit The SOURCE, RBR’s School-based Youth Services Program.

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The Bucs of Red Bank Regional High School invite the community to help them kick off the first home game of the season on Friday, September 18, when the RBR Buc Backer Foundation and The SOURCE join forces in sponsoring a pre-game picnic.

— RBR Bucs versus Colts Neck Cougars. Scheduled from 5:30 to 7 pm, prior to the start of the Bucs game against the visiting Colts Neck Cougars, the event features picnic food, soft drinks, door prizes, raffles and more. The first 50 attendees receive free tickets to the game, and a suggested donation of $5 per person per person will benefit The SOURCE, RBR’s School-Based Youth Services Program.

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