Coach Demikoff goes into his 5th year as the Head Coach of the Patriot Football Program . In just his 4th year as head coach, he led the Patriots to a State Championship in 2016 . The highly regarded coach has been with the program since 1999 when he came to Wayne after serving as an assistant coach at Belleville High School for many years. Coach Dem was hired as the running backs and defensive ends coach at Hills in 1999, and the Patriots haven’t looked back since. Under his tutelage, former and current NFL stars Ryan Neill and Greg Olsen emerged as standout pass rushers along with former All-Staters David Ogden, Joe Giampapa, John Ihne, and Peter Daibes. His running backs have turned the record books at Wayne Hills upside down and include former stars A.J. Spicer, Bryan Williams, Chazz Lynn, Ray Van Peenen, Danny DeCicco, Carlton Marcin, and Brian Dowling. Demikoff was a key cog in the “Golden Age” of Wayne Hills Football which saw the Patriots rattle off 55 straight wins between 2004-09. Their decade of dominance (2000-09) included a 108-11 record and an astonishing 6 State Championships. They would go on to add two more State Titles in the next three years.
During his tenure as Defensive Coordinator, his defenses re-wrote the Wayne Hills record books. The ’06, ’07 and ’10 units each posted 6 shut-outs in their respective seasons. The ’06 defense was stingy all year holding their opponents to 49 total points for the entire season (4.1ppg). They also set the mark for fewest offensive yards allowed in a season with 1,397 (116 per game). The ’07 squad set the mark for interceptions in a season with 24, while returning 6 of them for touchdowns – another record. They were just as miserly when it came to the run game as they set the mark for fewest rushing yards in a game when they held Northern Highlands to minus 52. Highlands would finish with minus 28 total yards for the game establishing yet another record.
Wayne’s playing career dates back to his time at Clifton High School where he played under head coaches Dennis Hecht, Alex Kaplanovich, and John Iannucci. As a quarterback, he showed his future coaching skills by easily grasping three different offensive systems in four years. After prepping for the Mustangs, where he sustained a career ending shoulder injury his senior year, he moved on to Rutgers University. He would receive his B.A. from Rutgers where he majored in history, and would go on to complete his Masters Degree from Mary Grove College. He is certified to teach Social Studies. He began his teaching career at Belleville High School where he was an extremely valued member of the faculty. He coached football, basketball, and baseball at some point in his 17 years at Belleville. He was named Teacher of the Year in 2011 by his peers. Belleville’s loss is Wayne Hills’ gain as he will continue teaching at Hills this year.
Coach Demikoff has two sons, Tyler and Troy, who are avid Wayne Hills fans. In his spare time, Wayne loves spending time with his children, and enjoys following his favorite team the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Coach Bogert returns for his 11th year as an assistant on the Wayne Hills football coaching staff. This will be his first year as Freshman Head Coach and 8th as Freshman Defensive Coordinator. A graduate from Pequannock Township High School, Coach Bogert previously spent time as an assistant varsity coach at his alma mater before coming to Wayne Hills in 2007. Receiving his Bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University in English Literature, he currently teaches English at Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School. Matt has all rights reserved to the phrase "Come On" and has the longest tenered beard (with only one grey spot) currently at Wayne Hills. Matt currently resides in Pompton Plains with his wife Allison and their daughter Olivia Anne.
The longest tenured member of the staff, Pat entering his 31st year at Wayne Hills. Coach Pat spent 35 years with Coach Olsen by his side, as they were together at Wayne Hills, St. Cecelia, Bergenfield, and Eastside as well. In 2006, Pat received the “Honor Award” from the Passaic County Coaches Association for his dedication to Wayne Hills Athletics. He can often be seen at Basketball, Baseball, and other WH games throughout the school year. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s College with a B.S. Degree in Marketing. Pat currently resides in Demarest.
A longtime consultant for the Patriots, Coach Dowling starts his fourth year as an Assistant Coach, after taking a few years off from coaching to watch his son play. He spent the previous 10 years coaching football at the Wayne PAL. After a sterling prep career at PCTI, Chris went on to earn a B.S. Degree in Marketing from Glassboro State College (now Rowan), and is a business owner in Wayne. Chris resides in Wayne with his wife, Lori, and their two children, Caitlin, a former Patriot Cheerleader, and Brian, who played football at Towson University.
Coach Giampapa returns for his 10th year on the Patriots staff. He is a former Wayne Hills player having graduated in 2000. Anthony attended the University of Maryland and then began his coaching career at the Wayne PAL, where he led the Wolfpack to their first ever NJJFL Championship in the senior division. He was the first of the Giampapa boys to come through the program, and counts coaching his brother, Michael, in the State Championship as one of his crowning moments. Anthony currently resides in Wayne.
Former Patriot stalwart joined coaching staff in 2014 and will be working with running backs and linebackers. Tenacious inside linebacker/fullback earned All State honors while serving as a captain on Hills 2004 State Championship squad which launched Chris Olsen's Patriots on their legendary 55 game winning streak.Special teams contributor as a sophomore on Hills 12-0 team which won first State Title in school's history.Went on to play at Rowan where he started as a freshman at outside linebacker on team which reached the Division 3 Semi Finals. Joe has coached at the Wayne PAL for several years including the 2007 7th and 8th grade championship team. He resides in Wayne.
John begins his fifth year as the offensive coordinator of the Patriots. Previously at West Orange High School, he left as the winningest head football coach in school history after a ten-year stint that also saw him accumulate multiple conference and county coach of the year awards as well. At Wayne Hills, he continues to coordinate the offense (O.C.) as well as coach the inside linebackers. His offenses at W.O.H.S. hold every statistical record there after an impressive reign of terror. His last 7 years, they gained over 23,000 yards. He is extremely well respected throughout the state of New Jersey as evidenced by his selection as 2013 President of the New Jersey Football Coaches Association (NJFCA)and still remains on its Executive Committee as Communications Director & Super 100 Chairman. Under his leadership, Wayne Hills’ offense has produced multiple record breaking team and individual statistics in the past 2 years amassing over 4000 yds of offense in 2016 and over 4400 yds in 2017. Those performances played an integral role in reaching back to back State Title Games and capturing the North 1 Group 4 Championship in 2016. Coach “Jakes” played his high school ball at Roselle Park, and then went on to play at Kean University under Brian Carlson. He currently lives with his wife, Denise, and daughter, Sophia, in East Hanover.
Coach Johnson is back for his 5th year with the Patriots coaching staff after previously serving as Head Coach of the Eastside Ghosts for the past four years. Prior to his stint at Eastside, he served as an assistant at Bloomfield High School and Montclair State University (DB’s). Coach Johnson is a graduate of both Bloomfield HS and M.S.U., where he was a four-time first-team NJAC defensive back. After serving as captain of his team, he earned his B.S. in Phys Ed, and went on to receive his Master’s in Special Education from Jersey City State. After a 4-year playing career in Arena League Football, Jermain is now a teacher at the Great Falls Academy in Prospect Park.
Coach Kelly returns for his ninth season with the Patriots, responsible for both the Varsity tight ends and outside linebackers. A dedicated and proud Wayne Hills Football alum, he has supported the program since graduation in 1997. A captain of the 1996 Patriots team, Coach Kelly continued his athletic career as a strong safety at Fordham University from 1997-2001. He continues to share his passion for sports and education in his career both on and off the field. Coach Kelly currently resides in Bergen County with his wife and 1997 Wayne Hills alum, Melissa. They welcomed the newest member of the Patriots family, their daughter Gracelyn, in June 2014.
Coach Zaccone is back for his 6th year at Hills, and he assumes the role as Special Teams Coordinator in addition to working with the Full Back's, Offensive Line and and D'Backs. A graduate of NV Old Tappan HS, he backed up a state title in 1985 with a National Championship in college while playing for Wagner College in 1987. Currently he is the School Resource Officer (SRO) at Wayne Valley High School. Mike has lived in Wayne for 17 years with his lovely wife, Jodi, and their three children, current Patriot and Captain Michael, Corinne, and Giovanna.
Coach Claudio Canonaco has returned to the Wayne Hills Staff for his 7th season and coaches the offensive and defensive lines, where he has tutored multiple All-State Linemen each year he has been here. Claudio graduated from Montclair State University and has previously coached at Middletown South, St. Joseph’s (Montvale) & Morristown racking up a state title at each stop along the way. He has been an integral part of several state championships at Wayne Hills. He is also the owner of Right Way Driving school.
Coach Lane is a graduate of Wayne Hills High School and an alumni of WHFB. Joe returns for his third season. Joes positions included TE-D-LINE-FULLBACK-LONG SNAPPER. While playing for the Patriots for four years he earned many awards. 2010-First team all county and First team all league. 2011-First team all-state, First team all North Jersey, First team all county, First team all area 105.5 WGHT Def. player of the year ,MSG Varsity player of the week and Team Captain. Joe was also rated as one of the top Def. Players in North Jersey.Joe attended Wesley College in Delaware a D-3 school,that was ranked #3 in the country.Joe played Freshmen and Sophomore years for the Wolverines positions played DE and Long snapper. Joe decided to transfer back home so he could work for the family business while attending college. Joe attends William Paterson University where he is studying Physical Education. Joe hopes to someday be a Physical Education teacher as well as to work with kids that have Autism. Joe resides in Wayne.
Coach Peischl returns to Wayne Hills as a coach for his third year where he will assist with the coaching of the quarterbacks. Michael was an all-state quarterback, helping lead the 2005 Patriots to their second straight state championship. After Wayne Hills, he went on to play 4 years of football at Muhlenberg College, where he received degrees in Accounting and Business Administration. Coach Peischl currently resides in Wayne.
Justin is a graduate of Wayne Hills High School and an alumni of WHFB. This will be his first season. positions include offensive and defensive line. While playing for the Patriots for four years he earned many awards and accolades. Justin attended Montclair State University where he played football and baseball. Justin started for 3 years, playing next to his brother Jason on the offensive line. Justin graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Physical Education and Health.
Graduate of 2013, was a Captain senior year. Started for two years at Cornerback, Runningback, Reciever. Had a very successful high school career and one of the top athletes for Football and Lacrosse. Won 2 state championships. Now is Signal Caller for Offense and Also coach Defensive backs. Currently attending Montclair State studying Psychology and Criminal justice.
Dominick is a Wayne hills graduate. This is his first year as a coach. Positions include running backs and linebackers. Dominick is a two time state champ and also received other accolades while attending Wayne Hills. Dominick played college football at Delaware Valley University. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration Sports Management.
Corinne is entering her 9th year as an Athletic Trainer at Wayne Hills. She is a graduate of Ridgewood High School and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She then earned her Master's of Education in Urban Education from Alvernia University and a Master's of Science Degree in Fitness and Wellness from California University of Pennsylvania. Corinne enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time outside with her two dogs an her husband.
Gary is entering his 5th football season as Athletic Trainer after 9 years as the Athletic Trainer at Paramus Catholic High School. He is a graduate of William Paterson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Exercise Science Department with concentration in both Athletic Training and Exercise Physiology. As a senior at WPU, he received the award for top student in the Exercise Science Dept. Gary is looking forward to an exciting year at Wayne Hills and is eager to start meeting the student body. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family which consists of his wife, Lisa, a son, Joseph, and a daughter, Emily.