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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 under the first-year guidance of Head Coach Duncan Swanwick, 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.

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 with over 15 D1, D2 and D3 college coaches coming to watch our team play in 2017 alone, we enable our players to have the best platform to showcase their abilities.

The MC Boys soccer program is currently a top 5 Non-Public School Soccer Program and under the guidance of Coach Swanwick and assistant Coach Kim Miller, a former D1 standout soccer player at South Carolina, is now a perennial favorite in the NJAC Conference and Non-Public “B” State Championship picture.

 

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
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
 
Duncan Swanwick, Head Coach
Coach Swanwick is the completed his first year as Morris Catholic Boys' Varsity Soccer coach in 2017 coming to the school with a great coaching and playing background in the sport. He was a 4 year varsity letter winner at Gill St. Bernards High School as well as a collegiate soccer player at both Roger Williams and FDU where he graduated with a degree in History. Upon graduating, he opened True Soccer Academy, a soccer training provider who currently partner with multiple soccer clubs throughout NJ. He began his high school coaching career at his Alma Mater, Gill St. Bernards, where he was the JV Boys Coach and then the Varsity Assistant, where he was part of two state championship teams. Coach Swanwick led the MC Boys' Varsity team to the State Championships in his first season as head coach. He brings with him to Morris Catholic the desire to be successful, to create a positive environment where his players can learn and grow as both people and athletes, as well as a passion for the sport of soccer and teaching.
 
Kimberly Miller, Assistant Coach
Coach Miller joined the Morris Catholic boys' varsity soccer coaching staff in 2017. During her time with the boys soccer program, Miller assisted in leading the team to their first state championship. Coach Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching, Certification of Physical Education from The University of South Carolina. While at South Carolina, she was a member of the women’s soccer team, serving as captain, and leading her team to the SEC Tournament two years in a row. Miller’s coaching philosophy focuses on creating an environment that encourages student-athletes to learn and develop on and off the playing field. Coach Miller also coaches girls' freshmen basketball and girls' varsity lacrosse for Morris Catholic.