Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Boys Track and Field: Coach of the Year: Tom Shoebridge, Lyndhurst

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

All-North Jersey Boys Track and Field: Coach of the Year: Tom Shoebridge, Lyndhurst

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Lyndhurst track and field moved up to Group 2 for the first time in 21 years this spring, and with it, coach Tom Shoebridge had his team ready.

The 36th-year head coach led Lyndhurst to third place at the North 2, Group 2 championships, five major meet titles and an undefeated dual meet record, making Shoebridge The Record boys track Coach of the Year.

"We didn't do anything different this year," Shoebridge said. "We want our kids, before anything else, to be good people and individuals. If you do that with class, we're champions."

Lyndhurst's large program requires a large amount of staff members, and Shoebridge gave them tremendous praise.

One memory stood out for Shoebridge from this year: watching Lyndhurst's football team playing New Milford. Lyndhurst's Sam Rivera, who Shoebridge did not know at the time, injured his ankle and Shoebridge admired the player as he stood on the sideline and cheered on his team, "with the intensity like it was the 1960s, old- school football. …

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