Congrats, Coach Landy: Coach of the Year

Nick Landy (back row, fourth from left) is the Coach of the Year for 2016. (Jason Bernstein | For The Jersey Journal)

via – When Nick Landy was first named head coach, Harrison boys volleyball was in tough shape. His first season – in 2008 – was evidence of the difficulties, as the Blue Tide struggled to a 3-20 record.

Now, nine seasons in, Landy has Harrison just days removed from its first-ever appearance in the state final.

“He has the exact personality you need for this town,” assistant coach Anthony Sabia said. “We’re very humble, we don’t come from a lot. He’s just like their second father, he’ll do anything and everything for every single one of these kids and they love him for it.”

Over the past two seasons, the Blue Tide have established themselves as one of the state’s best programs, racking up a 65-8 record and consecutive titles in both the Hudson County and North Jersey, Section 1 tournaments.

All of that success has come in spite of their status as a Group 1 school scrapping among the Group 3 and Group 4 teams that make up boys volleyball’s usual powers.

“Slowly but surely, we’ve worked together,” Sabia said. “We worked together, we built a program, the kids really bought in and he’s such a huge part of that. He’s such a motivator – he’s unbelievable.

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