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New Year, New Coach - January Staff Spotlight

New Year, New Coach - January Staff Spotlight

The Manchester School District welcomed new staff members to our family this school year. Please help welcome Thomas Farrell who is the new Head Football Coach of Manchester Township High School Football Team.  A little bit about Mr. Farrell:

I come from a family of educators and football players. I began my coaching career at New Egypt High School in 2018 where I had the honor of working two seasons under Steve Fence. In 2020, I accepted my first teaching job at Parsippany High School where I taught Video Production and was also the football team's Defensive Coordinator. I then moved my career closer to home where I took a teaching and Assistant Football Coach position at Shore Regional before having the honor of being brought on as the Head Football Coach here in Manchester. Our team motto is to DIG: Discipline, Intellect, Grit. I tell the Hawk’s to keep digging. I expect our players to put in hard work on and off the field, with the priorities being their family and their grades before football.

Not only am I proud to bring my football experience to Manchester Township High School, but I am a teacher first. I bring my extensive experience in the media industry to Manchester High School students through a potential new Communications and Media Academy program. My professional background in communications, broadcast and digital journalism lends to the high school’s current communications and journalism curriculum. I played football and graduated from Stonehill College in 2017 which is where I majored in Media Communications. From there I moved on to achieve my Masters Degree from Syracuse University in Broadcast and Digital Journalism. I have had the honor to have worked at numerous, top media outlets such as NFL Films, NJ1015, and Fox TV. These experiences are what I bring to the classroom for our students, daily.  

I currently reside in Manchester with my wife, Sophie, and our dog Pinot. To be able to give back to the community as a teacher and head coach in the town we love and live in, is an honor. Sophie is the head coach of our household and an ICU nurse at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. We both grew up and attended school in Ocean County. I would not be where I am without my wife's support of not only switching careers during a pandemic but following my dream of being a Head Football Coach. 

Be on the lookout for the Manchester Hawks out helping in the community, doing well in school, and bringing positivity and love to the school district!  You can follow our adventures on Twitter @CoachTFarrell