About the Coaches
John Hack, Head Coach
Coach Hack enters his fifth season as the Head Football Coach at Morris Catholic. Hack is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Morris Catholic and is transitioning to the role of Associate Athletic Director. Coach Hack brings great energy and strong experience as he looks to continue to restore glory to the proud Crusader Football Tradition. Coach came to Morris Catholic via Immaculata High School. John played his high school ball there where he was team captain and a third-team all-state all teams lineman. Subsequently, Hack played his college ball at Saint Peter's University, and was a member of the 2001 team that went 10-1 and was inducted into the university's Hall of Fame.
Hack's college career was marred by injuries, but used the physical setbacks as a boost to get into the arena of coaching. After suffering three consecutive season-ending injuries as a sophomore, junior, and senior, Hack helped the coaching staff break down film, make scouting reports, recruit, and was given a headset on game-day. This started his coaching career. In the classroom, Hack shined most and was named the co-valedictorian of his graduating class in 2004. After college, Hack immediately started his coaching career at his alma mater, Immaculata. From 2004-2012 Hack served as the Defensive Line Coach and concurrently ran the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Immaculata. In 2007, John married his beautiful bride, Katie, and also became the Special Teams Coordinator. Simultaneously, Hack was developing his career as a financial advisor at Nationwide Financial. In 2009, Hack became the Director of Advancement & Alumni Relations at Immaculata and started his own firm, Hack Financial.
In 2013, Coach Hack became the second head football coach in the history of Immaculata at the age of 31. Coach helped navigate the school through some rocky times and was able to have some "juice" wins over Hunterdon Central and Phillipsburg in 2013, both of whom went on to win the state championship. Hack was named FCA's Huddle Coach of the Year in 2013. Hack took a very young team on a very improbable Playoff run. A season when they lost four games in the final minutes, the young team found it's stride and knocked off Hudson Catholic, before losing a heartbreaker to eventual champ DePaul Catholic 34-33 in 2OT. Coach resigned a few weeks after the season.
During his time at Immaculata, Hack either played or coached in six state championships, winning one as an assistant coach in 2007, beating Delbarton for a perfect 12-0 record. Urged by his wife, Hack met with Morris Catholic in late April of 2015 and fell in love with the school, the community, and the team. He cited the school's desire to be great, the strong leadership and the positive direction as to why he wanted to be a Crusader. Hack joined MC officially in June of 2015.
Since 2015, Coach Hack and his staff along with his players, have worked hard to entrench a culture consistent with the team's core values of FAITH, DISCIPLINE, TOUGHNESS, and HARD WORK. In 2015, the Crusaders finished 5-5, the first non-losing campaign this decade, as they won four of their last five contests. In 2016, the Crusaders picked up two wins while starting twice as many freshmen (6) as they had seniors (3) on the roster. In 2017, the Crusaders fell just short of .500 ending at 4-6, while winning two very exciting rare home night games. Again in 2018, MC finished 4-6, playing a terrific schedule. The season was highlighted by very exciting wins over Sussex Tech and Immaculate Conception, both times the Crusaders overcame two score deficits to win. Under Coach Hack, the program has compiled 15 wins in four seasons, which is a major improvement, but not the result he and his team are looking for.
2019 figures to be a strong campaign with several returning starters and an influx of strong newcomers. The team will be successful if they live their core values and their Scripture passage of John 15:13. The theme, All We Got, exemplifies the love and trust the team has and will look to build more of in the upcoming months.
Hack, who was born in Denville as one of six children, grew up as a family of eight in Berkeley Heights. He and his wife Katie, and their three children, Julia, Johnny, and Gianna, reside in Chester. Their children go to the School of Saint Elizabeth’s in Bernardsville and belong to Saint Lawrence RC Church.
Patrick Vogelsang, Offensive Coordinator
Coach Vogelsang enters his third year at the controls of the Crusader Offense. Additionally, Coach Vogelsang teaches AP Microeconomics, World History, and Criminal Justice and is also the Head Golf Coach.
Coach Vogelsang joined the Morris Catholic community from Zephyrhills High School outside of Tampa, Florida where he was the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. Prior to that he served as an Offensive Assistant at Florida Tech (Collegiate Division II) working with the Offensive Line and Tight Ends. Coach Vogelsang came to Florida Tech from Bayside High School in Palm Bay, Florida where he was the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. He also coached baseball at Heritage High School in Palm Bay and was an assistant on the first playoff team in school history. Preceding his move to the Sunshine State, he was the Special Teams Coordinator and JV Head Coach at Riverside High School in Charleston, West Virginia. While at Riverside, he also became the Interim Head Baseball Coach, leading the school to its first ever Regional Championship and then the 3A baseball State Championship game. Patrick also served as the Special Teams Coordinator at Washington Union in Fresno, California, helping lead the team to a finish as the 2011 California Division 3 State Champions. His coaching career started at Golden West High School in Visalia, California.
Coach Vogelsang played football and roller hockey at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California and graduated from Fresno State with a degree in History. He is an avid skier and a fan of the Texas Longhorns, Tampa Bay Lighting, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, and Celtic Soccer Club. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his wonderful wife Ashton.
Kyle Cleffi, Defensive Coordinator, Inside Linebackers, and Quarterbacks
Coach Cleffi played his high school football at Roxbury High School, serving as the team’s quarterback for the 2003 season. After high school, he spent one year playing quarterback at DIII Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. The following year, Cleffi returned to Roxbury High School to coach freshman football, a post he held for two seasons. He then joined to Morris Catholic staff, coaching quarter backs and defensive backs for one season under Head Coach Greg Lusardi. From there Cleffi’s career led him to Penn State University where he would spend two seasons as an intern assisting special teams. From there, he made his way back to Morris Catholic spending one year as the special teams coordinator and enters his second year as the team's defensive coordinator.
Coach Cleffi graduated Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Before attending Penn State, Coach was the drummer for Tragic Hero Records recording artist Nevada Rose. He now works in the special education department at Morris Knolls High School, where he also serves as an assistant coach for the girl’s spring track team. He and his wife A’ndrea were married in March of 2018 and they are currently residing in Roxbury New Jersey.
William "Bill" Chevalier, Special Teams Coordinator
Bill Chevalier begins is second year as a member of the Morris Catholic coaching staff and will coordinate the special teams units. Coach Chevalier was a three time all conference linemen for Queen of Peace High School in North Arlington and played collegiately at Saint Peters University. During Coach Chevalier’s time at Saint Peters the football team enjoyed its most successful period in program history, which included the 2001 season that ended in a top national ranking and was followed by an induction into the Saint Peters University Hall of Fame.
Following his playing career Coach Chevalier joined the staff at Hudson Catholic High School in Jersey City where he coached the defensive line and special teams. As special teams coordinator Coach Chevalier oversaw standout units, which included the all county selection at kicker and punter each season. Also, during his time at Hudson Catholic the school was able to win its first conference championship in 25 years, qualified for the state playoffs each season, and was ranked in the top 20 in the state for the first time in school history.
Coach Chevalier is a Realtor with Keller Williams and lives with his wife Erin and their two children Liam and Mara in Mount Tabor, New Jersey.
John Hack, Sr., Staff Assistant
Coach Hack, Sr. is entering his third season as a member of the Crusaders football staff. John, a devout Catholic, and dedicated family man, joined the MC football family following a long and distinguished career in the chemical industry. A chemical engineer by trade, Hack, a 1969 graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, concluded his career at ExxonMobil, where he worked for over 30 years. Retired life has brought no relaxation to Coach, as he volunteers to help us, serves at various soup kitchens in Elizabeth and Newark, participates in many ministries in his parish, and spends time with the love of his life, his wife, Marie. Marie and John reside in Berkeley Heights and have six children and eight grandchildren.
Kevin "Kip" Finley, Running Backs; Defensive Backs
Coach Kevin Finley will be coaching Running Backs and Defensive Backs in his second season at Morris Catholic. Before MC, Coach came to us off a season working as the Offensive Coordinator at his alma mater, North Arlington. In all Coach Finley has eleven years of coaching experience, including stints at St. Mary’s in Rutherford and North Arlington High School.
Finley resides in Sparta with his wife Nicole and children Kade and Carsyn, and is a dedicated New Jersey State Trooper.
Shawn Dwyer, Offensive Line; Defensive Line
Shawn Dwyer enters his first full-time season on the Crusaders coaching staff and will assist with both the offensive and defensive lines. Shawn starred for Coach Hack at Immaculata where he was a part of one of the best defensive lines in the state. Shawn played one year at Kean University and then transferred to DeSales University where he played rugby and earned his degree in sports management. Dwyer has coached at both Immaculata and Bound Brook. He has settled on a career which will allow him to coach with Coach Hack at Morris Catholic. Shawn is a corrections officer whom resides in Somerville.
Michael Nieman; Offensive Line, Outside Linebackers, JV
Elias Perez, Defensive Line Elias Perez is entering his first season as a Defensive Line Assistant Coach. Coach Perez developed his passion for football at North Bergen High School where he was part of a state championship team. During his time at North Bergen Perez earned a team captain spot, was team MVP, became an all-county player, and was selected to play in the Robeson All-Star Football Classic. Perez eventually went on to play his college ball at Saint Peter’s University where he received a four-year academic scholarship. He played on the defensive line and was a member of the team that went 10-1 in 2001 and inducted the university’s Hall of Fame. Outside of football, he earned a B.S. degree in Marketing Management from Saint Peter’s and went on to a career in sales.He and his wife, MyChelle, currently reside in Rockaway with their two children Penny and Caleb.
John Louiso, Wide Receivers, Defensive Backs, JV
John "Coach Lou" Louiso will be in his first year at Morris Catholic, and his 33rd year in coaching football on both the High School and Collegiate levels. The Cincinnati native began his coaching career in 1987 at The University of Akron under Head Coach Gerry Faust. After one year coaching at his H.S. alma mater, The Summit Country Day School, he followed that with 3 years at the University of Cincinnati. After that, Coach Lou decided that the High School Football route would be the way for the rest of his career. "I believe that High School Football is the best chance to have an impact on young men's lives". Coach Lou has since then coached H.S. Football in Ohio, Georgia, Utah, Arizona, and now New Jersey. He currently resides in Denville. "I really love this program. The players and staff are incredibly dedicated and are a great family. I have found a great home!" Go Crusaders!
Jason Denburg, Assistant to the Coaching Staff
Coach Denburg is an assistant to the coaching staff, and helps out with nutrition and injured players when needed. He's been with Morris Catholic since 2015. Coach Denburg works at a country club in Bedminster. He and his co - workers work in a team-like atmosphere. Coach Denburg strives to bring that team-like atmosphere to Morris Catholic Football.