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Salem Community College Mighty Oaks hire coaches for five teams

Salem Community College Mighty Oaks hire coaches for five teams

The Mighty Oaks Athletics program has taken another major step forward at Salem Community College with the hiring of head coaches for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball.  

“We are extremely pleased to have attracted such a strong coaching staff for the rebirth of SCC athletics,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Bob Bunnell. “We received over 140 applications for our five head coaching positions, and had a strong pool from which to choose. Not only are our new coaches highly qualified in their respective sports, but they are also very familiar with Salem County high school sports programs and live within our recruiting region.  I’m looking forward to working with these coaches and their assistants to bring Mighty Oaks teams back to the community.”

Starting with the 2019-2020 academic year, the teams will compete in the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), Region XIX of the National Junior College Athletic Association.  

Baseball – John Holt

Coach Holt comes to the SCC Mighty Oaks with a 20-year record of coaching success.  He was the head coach at Burlington County College from 1998-2011, winning two GSAC championships and appearing in several Region XIX championships.  He was selected as GSAC Coach of the Year four times, and Region XIX Coach of the Year in 2009.  From 2012-2015, he was head baseball coach at Ben Lippen School in Columbia, S.C., leading the team to postseason play in 2013, 2014 and 2015, winning the region championship in 2015.  Since 2016, Holt has been manager/tournament director/head of baseball operations at Legends Ballpark in Sewell.  Holt is a graduate of Upsala College.

Men’s Basketball – AJ Williams

Coach Williams will take on his first collegiate head coaching post as he brings the SCC Mighty Oaks into competition.  The Wilmington, Del. resident is a graduate of Cabrini University, where he was the starting point guard for four years, and captain for three years, as Cabrini was one of the top 10 NCAA Division III programs in the country.  Williams has previous coaching experience as an assistant at Wesley College, Immaculata University and Cabrini University, along with a two-year stint as varsity boys head coach at Seaford High School in Delaware.

Women’s Basketball – Ryan Staiger

Coach Staiger comes to the SCC Mighty Oaks after a stint as assistant women’s basketball coach at Camden County College. The William Paterson University alumnus played collegiately at Camden County College and Atlantic Cape Community College.  His coaching background includes experience as freshman boys coach at Hammonton High, JV head coach at LEAP Academy and Atlantic County Institute of Technology, and assistant varsity coach at Hammonton, LEAP, The Patrick School, and Atlantic County Institute of Technology.

Softball – Victoria Danner

Coach Danner is a recent graduate of Iona College, where she excelled as a catcher on the NCAA Division I softball team.  Danner earned special distinction as a member of the Middle Atlantic Athletic Conference all-conference team, and was selected as defensive player of the year. The SCC Mighty Oaks position will be her first head-coaching experience.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country – Tom Mason

Salem County coaching legend Tom Mason will lead the SCC Mighty Oaks Cross Country program.  Mason’s coaching experience includes 31 years as head cross country coach (13 at Saint James High School and 18 at Penns Grove High School), 36 years as Penns Grove Head indoor track coach, and 30 years as Penns Grove boys spring track coach.  He is a member of the Salem County Sports Hall of Fame (2013) and the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2016).  Coach Mason is a graduate of Rowan (Glassboro State) University.

For more information about SCC Mighty Oaks Athletics, contact Athletic Director Bob Bunnell at 856-351-2239 or bbunnell@salemcc.edu.