Mater Dei Prep Appoints Justin Fumando as New Head Varsity Football Coach

April 28, 2022 (Middletown, NJ) – Mater Dei Prep is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Justin Fumando as the new head varsity football coach.  Mr. Fumando graduated from Kean University where he was a member of the Varsity Football Team and earned himself the Team Ironman Award.  He has also earned the title “Coach of the Year” in 2016 & 2017 by Shore Conference A South while being the head coach at Central Regional High School in Bayville, NJ.  Coach Fumando was a member of the Professional Indoor Football Teams Trenton Steel (SIFL) and New Jersey Revolution (CIFL).


Coach Fumando has been employed with Howell Township Public Schools for the last 5 years and comes to Mater Dei Prep with an extensive coaching background that has prepared him for his new role as head football coach at Mater Dei Prep.  “This is going to be a process. Every step of the process will be more important than the result. I am extremely honored and humbled by this opportunity and excited to start,”  Fumando said.


Coach Fumando spent the last year as Assistant Football Coach at JFK Iselin High School.  Before that, Coach Fumando was the head football coach for 4 years at Central Regional High School in Bayville.  He spent 8 years as a defensive coordinator for St. John Vianney and Manalapan high schools.


Fumando is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and a member of the American Football Coaches Association.  He graduated Middletown High School North in 2000 where he played football under former Lions’ head coach Mike Galos.


“Justin brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience as well as possessing high character leadership abilities that will serve our student athletes for years to come,” said Rich Buckheit, Mater Dei Prep Athletic Director.


Mater Dei Prep will play in the Patriot Division for the 2022-2023 season.  Buckheit and Fumando plan on playing an eight-game varsity schedule this season.


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