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Warren H. Wolf
Member of the General Assembly
from the 10th district

In office
January 12, 1982 – January 12, 1984
Preceded by Anthony M. Villane
William F. Dowd
Succeeded by Marlene Lynch Ford
Personal details
Born (1927-08-01)August 1, 1927
Jersey City, New Jersey
Died November 22, 2019(2019-11-22) (aged 92)
Neptune Township, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Peggy Wolf
Occupation Football coach

Warren H. Wolf (August 1, 1927 – November 22, 2019) was an American high school football head coach who coached at Brick Township High School in Brick Township, New Jersey. He was also a Republican politician who served as a Brick Township school board member, councilman, mayor, Ocean County freeholder, and New Jersey State Assemblyman.

Early life Wolf was born in Jersey City and grew up in West New York. While attending Memorial High School, he played on the school's football team. He served in the United States Navy in 1945 and 1946. Following his military service, he graduated from Seton Hall University in 1949 and received an M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1952.[1]

Football coaching career[edit | edit source]

Wolf's football career began in the 1940s coaching a semi-professional football team in West New York before moving to Memorial High School where he was an assistant coach for 10 years. With the upcoming birth of his second child, in 1958 Wolf moved to Brick Township where he began coaching their high school's fledgling football team.[2]

Wolf coached the Brick Township High School football team, where he achieved a career record of 361-122-11. Wolf has the most wins of any coach in the history of high school football in New Jersey.[3] As of the start of the 2006 football season, he ranked fourth in the nation of coaches by number of seasons coached and holds the New Jersey record for most years as a football coach.[3][4]

Wolf began his coaching career in 1958 and since that time he has had just three losing seasons. In his 49 seasons at Brick, he has won or shared 24 Shore Conference divisional championships as well 13 state sectional titles (seven of which were awarded before playoffs were instituted).[5]

On December 1, 2008, Wolf officially retired as the head coach of Brick Township High School after 51 seasons.

On January 25, 2010 after one year away from coaching, Wolf was named head coach of Lakewood High School. Wolf was looking to resurrect what had been one of the worst teams in the Shore Conference for the last decade. Lakewood sits just to the west of Brick, and the two high schools are a few miles apart. The schools used to share a healthy football rivalry, but haven't played each other since Brick defeated Lakewood 65–6 in 2003.

Government[edit | edit source]

Wolf has also been involved in local and state government, serving as the Mayor of Brick Township from 1971 to 1975, a member of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1975 to 1981, a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1981 to 1983 from the 10th legislative district, a Brick Township Council member from 1982 to 1993, and a member of the Brick Township Board of Education for one year in 2010.[5][6]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

In 2008, Wolf was elected to the New Jersey Sports Writers Association (NJSWA) Hall of Fame.[7]

Wolf died on November 22, 2019 at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune Township at the age of 92.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fitzgerald, J. A. (1983). Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey. 200. https://books.google.com/books?id=nW-HAAAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22mr.+wolf%22. Retrieved November 23, 2019. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Falk, Steven (November 22, 2019). "Warren Wolf, legendary Brick, Lakewood coach, dead at 92". https://www.app.com/story/sports/high-school/2019/11/22/warren-wolf-brick-lakewood-coach-obit/40690697/. Retrieved November 23, 2019. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Winningest football coach at 532 and not about to stop, USA Today, August 30, 2006. The article lists his career record at 345-108-11 as of that date.
  4. "The Fountain of Youth? Keep Coaching High School Football", The New York Times, July 15, 2007.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The gray ghost wishes he could be invisible, Asbury Park Press, November 18, 1999. As of the date of the article, Wolf had coached the team to 23 Shore Conference divisional championships
  6. Wildstein, David (November 23, 2019). "Warren Wolf, former assemblyman and famed football coach, dies at 92". https://newjerseyglobe.com/in-memoriam/warren-wolf-former-assemblyman-and-famed-football-coach-dies-at-92/. Retrieved November 23, 2019. 
  7. He and the other 2008 inductees were inducted into the NJSWA Hall of Fame at the NJSWA's 73rd annual dinner on Sunday, January 25, 2009, at The Pines Manor, in Edison, New Jersey. Barmakian, Ed (January 25, 2009). "New York Mets' David Wright tells New Jersey Sports Writers Association he's excited about World Baseball Classic". NJ.com (New Jersey On-Line LLC). The Star-Ledger. http://www.nj.com/sports/njsports/index.ssf/2009/01/new_york_mets_david_wright_tel.html. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 

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