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Mark Cieslak

2016 Bergen County Coach of the Year

Coach Cieslak was an All-League, All-County and All-State football, baseball and basketball player during his high school career at Palisades Park, where he was a Record Athlete of the Week and three time college Athlete of the Week.  He was also an All-American Athlete of the Year, and a Cooperstown Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year, and the recipient of the prestigious YMCA Award.  He was an All-District NCAA DH at William Paterson University (where he was also an All-Decade Athlete) and signed with the Cincinnati Reds as a free agent in 1984, where he posted a 7-2 record and a 1.49 era with the Red’s rookie league team in Sarasota, Florida and received the 1984 Most Valuable Player Award.

He was a two-time Coach of the Year at Palisades Park High School for basketball and baseball; he also served as Assistant Head Coach for fifteen years.   In 2004, he became the director/coach of the Jersey Bulldogs, a club baseball organization consisting of teams from 9u to the high school level.   Some recent Bulldog players who have gone on from SJR to college/professional careers include Shawn Kanwisher (Manhattan), Matt Kozuch (Fordham), Alex Woinski (Lafayette), Alex Muggeo (Scranton), Corey Lerche (Central Connecticut), Nick Cuono (FDU), Chris Chiaradio (Seton Hall) and Rob Kaminsky (2013 First Round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals)

Coach Cieslak began his SJR career in 2007 as JV Head Coach, and led the Green Knights to an undefeated season and a JV tournament championship.  He had been a varsity assistant since 2008, during which time SJR won two league titles (2008, 2013), two county championships (2008, 2013) and a state sectional title (2014).   In his first year as SJR Varsity Head Coach he led the team to a Big North United Divsion Championship, Bergen County Championship and a #2 ranking in the State of NJ (Star Ledger & MSG) and Tri State Metro Area (MSG).


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