Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pal. Park/leonia Tap Mattessich as Football Coach

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pal. Park/leonia Tap Mattessich as Football Coach

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Joe Mattessich's email address includes the phrase that sums up his football philosophy: "Guts and glory."

"That's going to be our motto," the new head coach of the Palisades Park/Leonia co-op program said Wednesday.

Mattessich, 57, was part of the Tigers' glory days in the early 1990s, serving as an assistant coach to Babe Mongilia on the 1991 North 1, Group 1 championship team.

"I was with Babe for 12 years," said Mattessich, who later followed Mongilia to Dumont and Ridgefield. "And then I spread my wings," making stops at Jefferson Township, West Milford and Vernon as an assistant.

"I've been around the block a few times," he said with a chuckle, "and I've been with some good coaches."

The 1979 Cliffside Park graduate got his first head coaching job at Jefferson in 2006. …

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