The Hightstown Rams Youth Football is an organization for children ages 5 through 14. Participation is open to residents of Hightstown, East Windsor, Cranbury, Roosevelt, Washington Township, Robbinsville and surrounding towns.
HIGHTSTOWN — Hightstown has reached into the Greater Middlesex Conference for its new head football coach, as Athletic Director Gary Bushelli announced Thursday that Rich Nyers will take over the Rams program.
Nyers was approved by the school board Wednesday and replaces Pete Brescia, who resigned in the fall after four seasons.Nyers teaches at JFK Iselin and was the school’s head coach for five seasons, from 2008-12. He stepped down with a five-year record of 15-34. The Mustangs’ best mark during that time was 5-5 in 2009.“He has 19 total years of football coaching experience,” Bushelli said. “I was very impressed with his knowledge, level of commitment and enthusiasm for the sport.”The long-time athletic director said he is not concerned about Nyers’ losing record, saying he presented himself well in the interview process and that he grew the JFK program from nothing.“His first year they went 1-9, but he ended up with 90 kids in the program,” Bushelli said. “In year two they improved to 5-5. In year three, they were 4-6 but were the third seed in the (NJSIAA North 2, Group III) playoffs.”The Mustangs slipped to 3-7 and 2-7 in Nyers’ final two years, but Bushelli said “he indicated there were some injury issues, but the numbers continued well and he did have a couple of kids who went on to play college football.”Nyers was chosen by a search committee that included Bushelli, Principal Dennis Vinson, one Ram football player and one football parent.
Prior to his head coaching stint, Nyers served as offensive coordinator from 2005-07 at Iselin and was an assistant for three years at Bishop Ahr. He was also the head girls track and field coach and freshman basketball coach for the Mustangs. He served as the assistant golf coach at Fairleigh Dickinson, where he spent four years as co-coordinator of the student-athlete support system.Nyers steps into a rebuilding situation at Hightstown, which is coming off a 1-9 campaign. The Rams are 15-55 in the past seven seasons and have not had a winning campaign since going 6-4 in 2006.Bushelli is not looking for instant miracles “I expect him to supply our kids with a positive experience and have us be a competitive team on the field,” he said. “I’m not going to measure him by wins and losses in his first, his second or maybe even his third year.“It takes time to build a program. We struggled at the freshman level, there’s not a lot out there. Hopefully with his interaction with Pop Warner we hope to get a better feeder system that will help us out.”
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