Soccer - Girls' Varsity

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Head Coach:  Mike Romeo (mromeo@whschool.org)

Mike Romeo joined the Wardlaw-Hartridge community in February of 2000 when he became the Head Coach of our Boys’ Varsity Soccer Program and a full-time faculty member. Since then, Coach Romeo has taught Physical Education for Lower, Middle, and Upper School. He has coached numerous sports teams on the Middle School and varsity levels. 

As the Boys Head Coach, Romeo helped lead the Rams to a Divisional Championship their first season in the Greater Middlesex Conference in 2010. He was also named Central NJ Coach of the Year by the Home News Tribune in 2007 and by the Newark Star-Ledger in 2010. 

In 2014, Coach Romeo became the Head Coach of our Girls’ Varsity Soccer Program. Under Romeo’s direction, the Rams have won three GMC Divisional Championships (2014, 2018, 2019).   He was named GMC Coach of the Year by nj.com in 2018.  Coach Romeo was also honored by his colleagues as the recipient of the Wardlaw-Hartridge Coach of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2019. 

With over 30 years of coaching experience, Coach Romeo has helped shape the careers of many NCAA Division 1 players and professionals. He has guided teams to more than 40 championships in league and cup competition.  He was an Assistant Varsity Coach at St. Joseph's High School in Metuchen from 1984 to 1989. From 1992 to 1998, he was the Head Coach of the North Brunswick Rovers, one of the state's most successful youth soccer clubs. Under Coach Romeo, the Rovers were four-time winners of the NJYSA State Cup. In 1997, he led the Rovers to the USYSA Region I Championships in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Coach Romeo joined the professional coaching ranks in 1990 as an Assistant Coach for the Penn-Jersey Spirit of the American Professional Soccer League. He was later named as the General Manager and Assistant Coach of the United Soccer League's (USL) Central Jersey Riptide in 1998 before becoming Head Coach of the USL's New Brunswick Brigade in 2000. Both clubs were minor league affiliates of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.

More recently, Coach Romeo was an Assistant Coach for Rutgers University Men’s Soccer Program from 2011-2015. While at RU he helped guide the Scarlet Knights compete in the BigEast and BIG10 Conferences and three appearances in NCAA Men’s Division 1 Soccer Tournament. 

Currently, Coach Romeo is staff coach for Players Development Academy (PDA) in Zarephath, NJ. At PDA, Coach Romeo has been a member of US Soccer’s Development Academy Program Staff. 


Assistant Coach:  Valentina Margiottiello ‘13 vmargiotiello@whschool.org

 Val led the Ram soccer and cheer teams as an athlete and a leader - serving as captains of both sports her senior year. She was similarly recognized for her leadership at Moravian College, where she was a 4-year player , scoring numerous key goals and serving as team captain for the Greyhounds. After graduating from W+H in 2013, and Moravian in 2017, she returned to New Jersey, where her full-time job in elementary education allows her to coach in both of the programs (Soccer and Cheer) that she helped build as a player.

 

Assistant Coach:  Nina Montesinos ‘13 npangan@whschool.org

A 2013 graduate and and all-Blue Division player for the Rams, Nina went on to play at Drew University. She returned to the W+H coaching staff in 2017. as a Player, Nina made herself into a versatile player who was essential to some outstanding Rams' teams on both offense and defense. She has drawn on the same work ethic and love of the sport in becoming a strong, young coach. She began coaching for Valencia Soccer Academy before her graduation from Drew and continues to combine coaching for the Rams with her full-time job as Operations Manager at VSA. Her approach to the game is enriched by both her college soccer experience with her understanding of our GMC and Prep opponents.

In the winter of 2019-2020, Nina began coaching the Middle School Boys' Gold Basketball team, helping that squad to significant improvements, as they learned not only skills, but the discipline required to contribute in a team sport.

 

Girls’ Varsity Soccer

Quick Facts

2020-21 Season, Key Dates:
1st day of practice:  
     August 17, 2020
GMC Playoffs:
     October 20-29, 2020
Prep Playoffs:      
     October 6 – 30, 2020
NP-B Playoffs: 
     @ Start October 31, 2020
Practice & Game Venue:
Turf Fields 
     (on-campus, behind the school)
Competes in:
GMC Blue Division
GMC Conference Championship
NJISAA B Championship (Prep B)
NJSIAA Non-Public B 
Competing in College
Mia Reyes '18
Antonella Doglio '19

 

The Wardlaw-Hartridge School
1295 Inman Ave,
Edison, NJ 08820
(908) 754-1882
The Wardlaw + Hartridge School is a top private and college prep school in Edison, New Jersey, which provides an independent, pioneering educational experience at the early childhood, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school levels.
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