Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Teel's Return to Don Bosco Is 'Pretty Special'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Teel's Return to Don Bosco Is 'Pretty Special'

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Mike Teel brings confidence, poise and star power back to the Don Bosco football sidelines.

Tuesday's announcement that Teel, a standout quarterback for the Ironmen and at Rutgers, was returning to his high school alma mater as the program's new offensive coordinator should not register as a huge surprise. The Oakland native Teel and Don Bosco always fit, like sunshine at the Jersey Shore, pink in lemonade and football in the fall.

It was inevitable that he would come back to Ramsey. Leaving Rutgers, where he served as a graduate assistant for the last two seasons, may seem hard, but the chance to be at Bosco again was too good.

"The opportunity is so good, it makes it kind of easy," said Teel on Tuesday night. "People might think it's crazy because it's a high school job, but Don Bosco is a special place and this is a special job. The opportunity to be the guy who kids could come to rely on for advice, and become a mentor to, is pretty special for me."

When Teel, 29, was quarterbacking for Don Bosco, that mentor was then-offensive coordinator Nunzio Campanile. Campanile, now the head coach at Bergen Catholic, is one of the dozens who reached out to Teel on Tuesday when the news broke.

It's also true that the Bosco football program could use a spark right now. Head coach Greg Toal has crafted a program that is the envy of the nation - just look at former offensive coordinator Drew Lascari accepting a head coaching job at a Florida high school to see how the Toal touch creates gold. But it's also a program that has sagged the past three seasons, finishing 7-4 (2014), 7-4 (2013) and 8-3 (2012).

For a lot of schools, that still would be acceptable. But when you're Bosco and you've won a pair of mythical national titles, expectations are high.

Last season, there also was the accusation that the program allegedly recruited former standout Jabrill Peppers, who is now entering his sophomore season at Michigan. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association said it was investigating the matter, but considering it's been months since the issue was raised, expect no disciplinary action to be taken against the school. …

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