By Nthabiseng Mushi
Raritan Valley Community College alumnus and father of two, Gerry Montague, will be wearing the “golden boot” as head coach for the Raritan Valley Community College Golden Lions men’s soccer team this season. Amanda DeMartino, RVCC's Athletic Director, made the announcement on April 18, 2014, following a meeting with this season's prospective players.
Coach Montague joins the department with an exciting resume of nearly 20 years of coaching experience, which stems from club to college teams. He holds a U.S. Soccer Federation “B” license, the second highest a U.S. coach can receive in soccer, and is a goalkeeping expert. Montague spent a season at Centenary College as the men’s assistant coach and is currently a goalkeeping coach for the New York Red Bulls Regional Development School. And now he has made his way home to RVCC.
When Montague was a student athlete at RVCC, the college’s men’s soccer team was in the top 20 on the national ranking. Montague has come full circle in hopes of putting the program back on top. “My goal is to instill structure to the program and make it a soccer team and not a soccer club,” said Montague. His plan is to involve the community in and around the college to create the unity seen when watching successful sports team on ESPNU; enthusiastic spectatorship, face painting and a communal following. Furthermore, Montague added, “We need to become more visible in the community, and engaged off campus.”
As an alumnus Montague is a firm believer in the concept of student athlete and expresses how imperative it is for student athletes to perform well, not only on the soccer field, but in the classroom.
RVCC is excited to have coach Montague back, and looks forward to his success this season and beyond. His tenacity, excitement and goalkeeping acumen will likely keep opponents from scoring our way and for RVCC Golden Lions men’s soccer program to be a force reckoned with.