Lou Montanaro graduated from Middletown High School in 1963. He ranked academically in the top ten of over 500 students. He was a two-way lineman on the football team also serving as the Lions place kicker. He kicked a 37 yard Field Goal which was a school record that lasted over 40 years.
Lou went on to graduate from Rutgers University and began his teaching and coaching career at Red Bank Catholic in 1968. While at RBC he taught Math and coached Football, Baseball, and Wrestling. He retired as a full-time teacher in 2012 after 44 years.
In 1976 Coach Lou Montanaro was named Head Football Coach for Red Bank Catholic succeeding Tom Lalli. Principal Sister Percylee Hart was quoted as saying, “Mr. Montanaro will do superb job as a Head Coach but more importantly he will engender all that makes sports the excellent preparation for life which it truly is.”
In his first game as head coach, his Caseys defeated cross-town rivals Red Bank Regional 20-6, ending the state of New Jersey’s longest high school football winning streak at 28. That season ended with a 40-6 victory over Notre Dame High School, crowning the Caseys Parochial A State Champions. Coach Montanaro continued his winning tradition as RBC Head Coach for 23 seasons with a career record of 114-99-5.
Coach Montanaro was an inspiration to all his players and coaches. Before his 21st season as he was approaching his 100th victory, he sat down with the media for the annual preseason preview. What he is quoted as saying aptly sums up Lou Montanaro as a man and as a coach: “Athletic success requires solid performance, perseverance, and teamwork. But the important thing is not so much how well those qualities surface now, but how evident they will be in ten years from now in business and family life.”
The 2017 RBC Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebration will be held on June 17th in the RBC Vincent J. Eck Student Center. Click HERE for tickets and complete details.