Coach of the Year: John Fiore, Monclair High, NJ

[su_pullquote class=”coty-lede”]In 2017, John Fiore led Montclair High to a New Jersey state championship for the fourth time during his seven-year tenure as head coach. Montclair clinched the North 1, Group 5 state title with a 35-14 win over Union City at MetLife Stadium.[/su_pullquote]

Fiore also led Montclair to state championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Fiore has a career record of 139-57-1 in his 17 seasons as a head coach.

Fiore, who also serves as the president of the New Jersey Football Association, accepted the position at Montclair in 2010 after a four-year stint as head coach at Neptune High (2006-09). Fiore also spent two years (2004-05) as head coach at Marlboro High after starting his head coaching career at Spotswood in 2000.

Fiore coached in the New Jersey North-South Game in 2002 and 2015, the Snapple Bowl in 2002, and the Governor’s Bowl in 2004. He began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Paramus High in 1995.

Fiore is a graduate of Monclair State University (Class of 1995). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and health.

Montclair High assistant coach Jamie Bittner describes Fiore as “relentless” in his efforts of getting his student-athletes into college.