St. Thomas Aquinas has chosen Matthew Barry as its first Head Sprint Football Coach in program history. Barry has been handed the reigns of the Spartans newest sport. This move has brought great excitement to the campus and to the county.
Barry brings over thirty years of coaching experience to St. Thomas Aquinas College. Most recently, he coached the Albertus Magnus High School Varsity Football and Lacrosse teams. Prior to that, Barry coached Clarkstown High School South and Clarkstown High School North in football, lacrosse and basketball. In addition he has instructed CYO, Pop Warner and Little League teams.
Barry recently retired from the Clarkstown Police Department after 32 years. He was one of the first School Resource Officers introduced in Rockland County. Matt started his career in the NYPD as a Housing Authority Police officer and played for the NYPD Football Team. He's been a community leader for his adult life, serving as a role model for Clarkstown's youth. Barry started Clarkstown's Youth Police Academy to educate youths on a possible career in law enforcement.
Many local coaches and football greats have expressed excitement over the new program and the the college's choice for head coach. Former coach and North Rockland High School Director of Athletics, Joe Casserella commented "I am excited to see a Sprint Football program coming to STAC. Many people are familiar with Sprint football programs on the college level which have long and storied traditions. The games are full of energy and speed and are fun to watch and play. This a positive addition to the Spartan athletic program as the fans and student-athletes will find Sprint exciting. Coach Barry is a perfect choice for the job as he is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and full of energy. He will be able to recruit and work with today's young athletes and will be up for the challenge." Albertus Magnus High School Head Football Coach, Paul Villanueva echoed the sentiments, "The addition of the St Thomas Aquinas Spartans Sprint Football Program is a benchmark event in Rockland County, which is an area so rich in Football history and tradition and PRIDE. The selection of Matt Barry, matches perfect leadership, gridiron knowledge, and the ultimate in motivation of incoming young,student athletes with an institution known for its high academic standards, and ties to the culture and experience unique,to the New York Metropolitan Area. Coach Barry has left an indelible footprint on many programs from youth, to intermediate, to high school programs at all levels in our area. I know this first hand as Coach Barry was my coach as well as my colleague, at the core of building an Albertus Magnus Football program piece by piece, with fundamentals at the forefront, and educating young people about the value of hard work; work sometimes that is uncomfortable, but is so valued to building that championship edge and that rare will to compete. Over many generations he has formed for myself and scores of others in our community the ideals and attributes we hang our hats on in our program to this day... Rockland County has long been the perfect home for College Football, and now it has found its perfect tenant (with its great 1st Coach Matt Barry).
Barry has hired three assistants who are actively recruting for the 2018-19 team. Additional staff will be added as the inaugural season nears.
Meet the Staff:
John Muldoon, Assistant Coach
John Muldoon brings 15+ years of coaching experience to St. Thomas Aquinas College. He is a recent retiree of the NYPD, holding the position of Sergeant serving out of Bronx Warrants. Prior to that Muldoon played college football at Buffalo State College. Muldoon was a member of the NYPD Football Team, where he played for 17 years and was named captain for his last 6 years. This entailed traveling across the country playing other law enforcement/ first responder teams while raising money for local charities. He has coached at the local Pop Warner, Little League and high school levels. Muldoon resides in Pearl River, NY with his wife Carol and 4 children John, Jamie, Kyle and Samantha.
Greg Najac, Assistant Coach
Greg Najac attended Nyack High School where he played varsity football for four years. He then went on to play football at Westchester Community College and Syracuse University. After college, he joined the NY State Police where he was promoted to the rank of investigator and retired from the Drug Task Force after 25 years of service. During that time, he coached Pop Warner Football in North Rockland for 6 years, then Spring Valley High School for one year and Albertus Magnus High School for two years.
Mike Looney, Assistant Coach
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