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Boys' Soccer

About the Team

The Morris Catholic Boys Soccer program is steeped in history as a New Jersey soccer powerhouse. Under the guidance of famed Coach Wally Mueller, the MC Boys Soccer team began their Non-Public “B” state dominance in 1992 and 1993 winning their first 2 NJ State Championships. Coach Mueller followed that up with a further 8 state championships including 7 in a row from 1998-2005. Morris Catholic also won multiple Conference Titles and Morris County Titles during Coach Mueller’s reign.  Following his retirement, the program went through its transitional growing pains and in 2017 the program burst back to life, capturing the NJAC Conference, Non-Public “B” North Sectional and Non-Public “B” State Championships again with the team finishing an impressive 18-2-1 and had one of its players break the NJ state assist record.  Ryan McAndrew is a senior midfielder co-Captain and lasts years MVP of the team.  1st team all Independence league and 1st team all Klank Division.  Ryan is very talented and is a classical old school midfielder who plays offense and defense. 

 

The MC Boys Soccer program is here to allow for all soccer players to have the chance to enjoy soccer, while offering a professional environment for our top players to develop and move on to play soccer at the next level. We gear our program to ensure all our players who want to play soccer in college have the chance to do that, and we enable our players to have the best platform to showcase their abilities.

 

Recent Accomplishments

  • 2017 NJAC Conference Champions: Non-Public B
  • 2017 NJAC State Champions: Non-Public B
  • Marvin Cadena '20 - 2nd Team All County, 2nd Team All State, 1st Team All Conference
  • Michael Mezzina '19 - 3rd Team All County, Honorable Mention All State, 1st Team All Conference
  • Anthony Pelaez '18 - 1st Team All County, 2nd Team All State, 1st Team All Conference
  • PJ Wilson '18 - Honorable Mention All County, 2nd Team All Conference
  • Danny Palacio '18 - 2nd Team All Conference
  • Kevin Lens - Honorable Mention All Conference
 
Beyond the MC Field, Crusaders Playing in College
Kevin Lens '19 - Manhattan College
Justin Homer '18 - Kean University
Danny Palacio '18 - Rowan University
Anthony Pelaez '18 - Montclair State University
PJ Wilson '18 - Rutgers-Camden
Mateo Cobos '17 - Caldwell University
Brian Medina '16 - Bloomfield University
 
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About the Coaches
 
Greg Cleary, Head Coach

Coach Cleary is beginning his first year as the Head Boys' Varsity Soccer Coach at Morris Catholic.  He was a three-year varsity letter winner in both soccer and baseball at Parsippany High School, and played both sports at the collegiate level at Marywood University.  During his senior season in soccer, he lead the team in scoring on their way to the most wins in program history. His senior campaign in baseball included Second Team All-Conference honors and being voted MVP by his teammates. 


After graduating with a degree in Health and Physical Education, Coach Cleary became an assistant coach at Mountain Lakes High School in both sports.  After four years, he took over the Girls' Soccer and Softball programs back at his hometown school in Parsippany. 


The Girls' Soccer team made it to the state section finals four times in his seven years at the helm after not making an appearance for over 20 years.  The Softball team won state section titles in 2015 and 2016, their first titles in 29 years. In 2017, the Softball team capped off a great three-year run with their first ever Morris County Championship.  It was only the 5th MCT Championship in any sport in school history.


Coach Cleary has coached over 20 players that have played at the collegiate level, including 8 at the Division I ranks.  He currently teaches at Parsippany High School and is in the process of attaining his Master's degree in Physical Education with a Coaching Specialization at Ball State University.  His coaching philosophy includes creating a team-first atmosphere where student-athletes can build themselves on and off the field, with a focus on hard-work and respect for one another.

 

John Rotsides, Assistant Coach

Coach Rotsides joined the Morris Catholic Boys varsity coaching staff in 2019. For the previous 4 seasons, Coach Rotsides was a member of the Girls Soccer coaching staff at Morris Catholic, coaching the JV for his first two season and was the Assistant Varsity coach for the latter two seasons. Rotsides assisted in leading the girls’ soccer program to a conference championship in 2016 and a New Jersey State Championship in 2016. He is an alumni of Morris Catholic High School where he earned three varsity letters and was a collegiate soccer player at Stevens Institute of Technology. Coach Rotsides graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has since attained a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. He brings with him a passion for the sport, a vast knowledge of the game, as well as the values and morals instilled in him from his alma mater.