FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 8/20/2020
Vice Principal of Athletics and Student Affairs
St. Rose High School
ST. ROSE, DONOVAN CATHOLIC, RED BANK CATHOLIC ICE HOCKEY COOPERATIVE ANNOUNCES NEW HEAD COACH
BELMAR, NJ: St. Rose High School, Donovan Catholic High School, and Red Bank Catholic High School are very proud to introduce Bob Gialanella as Head Coach of their cooperative ice hockey program. St. Rose Vice Principal of Athletics and Student Affairs, Dennis Carey said, “I believe that I speak for all three schools when I say that we are very excited to have Bob leading our ice hockey program. He comes to us with a wealth of playing and coaching experience and we are looking forward to him sharing that with our student-athletes.”
Mr. John Tonero, Principal, said, “After meeting Bob I am excited about his passion for the sport of ice hockey, his enthusiasm, and his desire to share his knowledge with our young student-athletes.”
Bob has a decorated resume as both an ice hockey player and coach. He grew up playing hockey for various clubs in northern New Jersey prior to attending Morris Knolls High School and West Chester University where he earned various accolades and set several team records. After college, he played minor league hockey in the Western Professional Hockey League prior to serving in the United States Navy, where he served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard the U.S.S. The Sullivans during Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. At the high school level, Bob formerly served as head coach at Hopewell Valley High School and Toms River East High School amassing a 76-72-16 record. He led both programs to numerous NJSIAA tournament appearances and established traditions such as Hopewell’s annual “Salute to Service” games, which continue to this day. Since 2016, Bob has led Stockton University’s ice hockey program to a 39-26-6 record. In 2019-20, he led the program to a national championship appearance and regular season division title. He elevated the program to ACHA Division II status for the 2020-21 season, and was named the DVCHC 2019-20 “Coach of the Year” and is a USA Hockey Certified Level 4 Coach. He and his family reside in Ocean County.
When asked to reflect upon joining St. Rose Athletics, Bob said, “As my family and I are excited to join the St. Rose community this school year, I am equally excited to become head coach of this unique Catholic hockey cooperative at the Jersey Shore. I’m confident our staff’s collective coaching and playing experience will greatly benefit our Catholic hockey players on-and-off the ice. Our goal is to drive our program to new heights, and my staff and I are excited to get started!”