Al Forte attended Seton Hall University where he played two years of varsity baseball until a shoulder injury ended his playing career. After the injury, he decided to focus his career path on coaching. After graduating in 1957 he came directly to Red Bank Catholic to be head football coach and head baseball coach at the age of 22.
The year before Al Forte arrived, the Casey football team had gone 0 and 9. After two rebuilding years, Coach Forte’s 1959 season team went undefeated, and was the South Jersey Parochial Champion. His 1960 season team was again undefeated, was again the South Jersey Parochial Champion, finished the season ranked as the number one Catholic high school team in New Jersey and finished 8th overall in the state. The 17-game undefeated streak in ’59 and ’60 remains unmatched by any Casey football team since. And in 1964, Coach Forte and his Caseys won the South Jersey Parochial Championship for the third time in five years.
In addition to his winning football teams, Coach Forte’s baseball teams never had a losing season during his seven years at RBC, winning 80 games and losing 30.
Coach Forte was recruited away from RBC by Monsignor Farrell High School, a new Christian Brothers school on Staten Island. The principal told Coach Forte that because the school was brand new, they did not expect to win a football game for their first three seasons. Undaunted by low expectations, in his second year Coach Forte’s Farrell team was undefeated, winning the Staten Island Championship.
Coach Forte continued coaching in New Jersey and Arizona until 1992. He then left coaching to become a broker for the sale of businesses. In his retirement Coach Forte has been active in the Knights of Columbus Squires program. While he is proud of his teams’ achievements over the years, Coach Forte is most proud of the fact that 150 of the young men he coached have themselves gone into coaching as a career.
He will be inducted into the RBC Athletic Hall of Fame on June 23rd at the ceremony to be held in the RBC Vincent J. Eck Student Center. Click HERE for complete information and tickets.