Coach, Bridgewater-Raritan HS, 1980 - Present
A 1978 graduate of Rutgers, he has done it all in his many years as a player, coach and contributor to the game. Apel began his career as player for East Meadow High School (NY) as a defenseman. While at East Meadow he was named an All-American in 1973. He continued his success at Rutgers University where he distinguished himself in 1975 and 1977 by being named an All-American by the USILA. Apel also was named to the North Squad for the USILA North-South game in his senior year. After graduation he continued playing for the New Jersey Lacrosse Club where he continued as a formidable defenseman.
Apel's first coaching assignment was at Rutgers in 1978 as an assistant coach. In 1980, Apel became the Head Coach at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, where he has racked up more than 200 wins and his teams have earned nine Pitt Division championships. In 1998 he captured his first NJSIAA State Championship.
He is the current NJ Representative to NILA, a position he has held for ten years. He also served as the past President of the New Jersey Lacrosse Coaches Association 1985 to 1986. Apel has helped to develop the youth lacrosse program in Bridgewater and continues today to help direct the program through his leadership. He was the founder of the Central Jersey Lacrosse Summer League and a director of the Central Jersey Lacrosse Camp. He has been a fixture on the New Jersey High School summer lacrosse scene, coaching the Southwest team in the Garden State Games and the Garden State Challenge Series for over 15 years.
Apel was named Star-Ledger Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1998. He also received the Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Assoc. Award in 1992 and the NJSIAA Sports Award in 1993.
Chuck resides in Bridgewater with his wife Jill, daughter Jessica and son Matthew and teaches at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
Official, 1963 - Present
Dave began his involvement with lacrosse as a midfielder at Rutgers University in 1958. Since those early days as a player he has made his mark in the lacrosse world as an official. He has refereed for over thirty-six years with thirty-four years at the collegiate level. Brody has also been an official at the post-collegiate club level for over 35 years. During this time he has also been an official at the high school level where he has served as a cadet instructor for more than twenty years. He played an integral role in the founding of the New Jersey Lacrosse Officials Association in 1965. Dave has been a jeer harden veteran sports official for decades. He referees collegiate and high school football and basketball along with lacrosse. He was named field judge for 1981 Tangerine Bowl as a member the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials. He is also a member of the Intercollegiate Basketball Officials Association, New Jersey Lacrosse Officials Association, National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association and a member of the District III Lacrosse Officials Association. Dave has refereed twelve USCLA Championships games and was named First Chief Referee at the World Lacrosse Championship Games in Toronto, Canada in 1986. He has also officiated four NCAA Division I Final games and countless Division I, II and III NCAA tournament games. Brody refereed in the 1st NCAA Tournament game in 1971 Brown vs. Cornell.
Dave currently resides in Hackensack and is the Director of Health and Physical Education at Broadway Elementary School in Newark, NJ.
Marguerite L. Dempsey
Coach, Columbia High School, 1985- Present
Marguerite Dempsey has been the Head Lacrosse Coach for Columbia High School for the past fifteen years. During that time she has amassed a win -loss record of a 161-90-10. Dempsey has also an impressive array of championships while directing the Lady Cougars. Her teams earned Tri-County Divisional Championships in 1993, 1995 and 1997. Her teams won Tri-County Conference Championships in 1995 and again in 1997. They also reached NJSIAA State Finals in 1995 and have reached the NJSIAA Quarter Finals seven times.
She is a member of the USWLA, US Lacrosse and the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation where she serves as a Board of Trustee. Marguerite serves on various state wide lacrosse organizations. She is a member of the NJSIAA Lacrosse Coaches Clinic Committee, North Jersey Coaches Association and served as Past-Treasurer for the Garden State Girls' Lacrosse League. Dempsey has been a Selector for the New Jersey School Girls All-Star Team and Garden State Challenge Games. She has also coached the North squad to the Garden State Games, the Tri-County Senior All-Stars and the New Jersey National School Girls' Team.
Marguerite Dempsey was named 2000 Coach of the Year by National Federation Coaches Association. Marguerite has an impressive record of success having coached three High School All-Americans, two Honorable Mention All-Americans, two Scholastic All-Americans, four First Team All-State Players, seven Second & Third All-State Players & 25 All-Conference Players.
Marguerite resides in Millburn and is a Physical Education Teacher in the Maplewood- South Orange School District, where she was a member of the 1979 Columbia HS Girl's State Championship Basketball Team and a Group IV All-State player.
Philip P. DiDomenico
Official, 1974 - Present
A graduate of Seton Hall, DiDomenico's contribution to lacrosse has been as an official. He began his career in 1974 with the New Jersey Lacrosse Officials Association. Phil has worked at the high school level for more than twenty-five years and continues to make contributions today. In 1976 he began refereeing college games for Metropolitan New York/New Jersey Lacrosse Officials Association, District III. Phil has been an effective official and been awarded assignments in the NCAA Division I and Division III every year since 1987. He also has been an official in the NCAA Division I Finals and three NCAA Division I Semi-Finals. DiDomenico has officiated in numerous Garden State Games, NJSIAA Championships, Coaches Tournament Finals, and County Tournament games.
A member NJLOA and District III, he has held the position of secretary from 1982 to 1987 with NJLOA and currently holds the same position with District III, 1987 to the present. Phil is also a member of the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association, Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials and the College Basketball Officials Association. He was recognized by the NJSIAA in 1989 for his contributions to high school athletics.
Phil currently resides in Clark, NJ with his wife Cheryl and son Robert. He is employed as Vice-President for Chubb Insurance, Fraud Division.
Robert A. Pilat
Montclair High School, 1972-75
Kutztown State (PA) 1976-77
Bob Pilat defenseman; most opponents would conclude that you have said enough regarding Bob's presence on the field. He began playing in 1972 at Montclair High School for the legendary Gil Gibbs. Bob was the consummate defenseman, relying not only on checks and intense play but also tremendous stick work. While attending Montclair HS Bob was selected to the New Jersey First Team All-State in 1975. He also was named as a high school All-American in the same year. Bob further distinguished himself by being selected to represent Montclair in the Annual NJ Senior North/South game playing for the North squad.
After graduation he attended Kutztown State University(PA), where Bob continued his fine display of defensive skills for the Golden Bears. While at Kutztown Bob helped the team win national prominence and a ranking in the top 10 in 1976. Bob continued his lacrosse career playing in the Montclair Summer League and for the NJ Lacrosse Club where he was an outstanding defenseman.
Bob also made his mark as an assistant coach at Montclair-Kimberly Academy. While assisting at MKA, the Cougars garnered the Prep B Championship in 1981 and 1982. They also won the Garden State League Championship in 1984 and 1986. Bob's work with the defense and goal-tending were instrumental in the Cougar success during that time.
Bob currently resides in Whitehall, PA with his wife Penny and his sons Hunter and Travis. He is active in local youth sports coaching football and baseball. Bob is employed as a Welding Technician Instructor at Trenton State Maximum Security Facility.
Boonton High School, 1975 - 1978
Ithaca College, 1978 - 1982
Gary Reuben attended Boonton High School where he began playing lacrosse in his freshman year. Gary's high school career was exceptional; learning his craft from New Jersey Hall of Fame Coach, Dick Rizk. It's been said of Gary, that he was one of New Jersey's best to play the position of goaltender. In 1975, his freshman year, he was selected Boonton HS Rookie of the Year. As a sophomore he quickly earned the starting position on the junior varsity and saw some time as a varsity back-up. In 1977 Gary began making his mark upon New Jersey. He was named to the First Team All-State and was also selected as a High School All-American as a junior. Gary further distinguished himself by being named Columbia High Schools' "Most Worthy Opponent Award" in 1977. In 1978 as a senior, Gary led Boonton to another fine season. He again earned recognition as an outstanding goalie by being selected as an All-American and to the First Team All-State team. In 1978, he capped off his career by being selected as the Most Valuable Player in New Jersey. Gary attended Ithaca College where he continued to be an outstanding competitor and a dominant goalie in Division III lacrosse.
Gary currently resides in Boonton with his wife Judith and children Daniel, Devin and John. He is employed by Lucent Technologies.
Player, Coach, Athletic Administrator Sewanhaka HS (NY), 1960 - 1963
Rutgers University, 1964 - 1967
Stevens Institute, 1970 - 1990
Rotunda began his playing days at Sewanhaka High School (NY) as a midfielder. While at Sewanhaka he was selected to the All-County team and in 1963 his team was District and Division Champions. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Rutgers University where he continued his career. In 1967 he was selected to play in the USILA Senior North/South game as a representative of Rutgers. Frank was a member of the New Jersey Lacrosse Club, playing at the attack and midfield positions and became its' coach for the 1973 season.
Frank coached at the Division III level for more than twenty years at Stevens Institute of Technology. It's during those years that Frank helped to create the Knickerbocker Lacrosse Conference and the Hudson Valley Lacrosse League. His work as an administrator was instrumental in providing the NY/NJ Metropolitan area Division III teams recognition at the national level. In 1990, Frank was selected to coach in the USILA North/South Senior All-Star game played in Baltimore.
Frank is the Past-President of the Knickerbocker Conference from 1982 to 1988 and Past-Vice-President of the Hudson Valley League. He was a member of the ECAC Lacrosse Selection Committee from 1995 to 1998. He was also the Director of the Warinaco Park Summer Lacrosse League from 1969 to 1978. Frank's ability as an administrator and coach has helped countless lacrosse players better their abilities and gain the recognition that they deserved.
Frank is retired and resides in Fallbrook, CA with his wife Marge of 31 years. They have two sons Ted and Paul.
Melissa Magee Speidel
Official, Coach, Ursinus College, Trenton State
Speidel is the current Vice-President for the Central Jersey Lacrosse Officials Association a position she held since 1995. As an official for the last nine years she has put her experience as a coach and player to good use. Beginning her career in lacrosse, not on the high school level but in college. Speidel played for Ursinus College for 4 years as both a midfielder and defense, where she was named to the Ursinus College Hall of Fame. After her college playing days were over, she continued to play club lacrosse for the prestigious Philadelphia First Team as a defender. She also was a reserve defender to the USWLA National Team.
Speidel went on to coaching as Head-Coach of Princeton Day School. She also coached for 2 years at Old Dominion University and 7 years at Trenton State College. While at Trenton State she won the AIAW National Championship in 1981. Two years later at Trenton State her teams won the NCAA Division III Championships in 1983 and 1985.
Married with two sons, she is currently the Associate Director of Athletics at the Lawrenceville School and resides in Lawrenceville, NJ.
deceased (Co-Founder, Maplewood Lacrosse Club)
Lacrosse found the right man when towns needed to start lacrosse programs. A. William Virtue was a member of the Maplewood-South Orange Recreation Department from 1955 to 1968. In 1969, he received the prestigious Maple Leaf Award for his service and contributions to the community. Virtue was one of the founders of the Maplewood Lacrosse Club, as well as its' Past President. In 1957 he and others formed the Maplewood Lacrosse Club. Two years later, in 1959 the club began playing interscholastic lacrosse. The Maplewood Lacrosse Club would become a model for all other clubs around New Jersey.
While it's been said he was a silent hand, a behind the scenes type, Bill was a constant fixture around the youth football and soccer in Maplewood. Bill was a firm believer in the youth of Maplewood and was always there to help and guide the youth of Maplewood -South Orange.
Virtue then went on to become one of the founders of the Summit Lacrosse Club. He later was instrumental in starting the Madison High School program. New Jersey has benefited from the forward thinking of such men as Bill and others who helped to shape our lacrosse landscape in New Jersey.
Bill's wife Claire resides in New Vernon, NJ. He and Claire raised 4 children, two of his sons played Lacrosse at the United States Naval Academy.
Houston R. Webber
Player, Coach & Official, Princeton HS, 1965-68
Montclair State, 1968 - 73
Webber began his lacrosse career as a player for Princeton High School in 1965. There he achieved many honors including being the first player named to New Jersey's 1st All-State Team. He received the Most Valuable Player Award at Princeton in 1968. He was also selected as a team captain in his senior year. This midfielder then continued on to Montclair State where he started the Montclair State Lacrosse program as Coach/Player. In 1973 he was awarded Montclair States' Most Valuable Player Award. He was also selected to First Team Knickerbocker Lacrosse League as an attack man.
Webber started his coaching career as Assistant Varsity Coach at Clifton HS then on to Princeton HS. He also played club lacrosse for the New Jersey Lacrosse Club from 1969-1972. In 1974 he became a member of the NJ State Lacrosse Officials on the High School level and on the NY/NJ Metropolitan Lacrosse Officials Association on the college level. By 1976, Webber moved into the position of Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Montclair State where they won the Knickerbocker Championship.
In 1979 he was named the Head Coach at Montclair HS, replacing Gil Gibbs. While at Montclair, Houston was able to continue the Montclair tradition by reaching the finals of the NJSIAA and Coaches Tournaments in 1979. In 1980 his team captured the NJSIAA State Lacrosse Championship. Again in 1981 his teams reached the finals of the NJSIAA and Coaches Tournament, but lost to a powerful Summit squad.
From 1983-1987, Webber again became an active lacrosse official working at the high school and collegiate levels. Webber was a driving force behind the development of youth lacrosse in Montclair, helping in the formation of the Montclair Junior Lacrosse program.
Houston is currently a guidance counselor at Glenfield Middle School in Montclair and a resident of Caldwell.