ROCKAWAY – Kevin Rosenberg has thought about coaching men’s soccer at County College of Morris “for a really long time.” So it’s no surprise that even though he didn’t officially take over until June 23, he’s been building the team since January.
Said Rosenberg, “That’s one thing I’ve learned on this job in the short time I’ve had it: Talk to everybody. That’s a big part of what we do.”
Kevin Rosenberg and his twin brother Scott, the Kinnelon athletic director, both played soccer at Morris Hills in the late 1980s. The head boys soccer coach at his alma mater for 14 years, Rosenberg stepped back three years ago to spend more time with his wife Francine and daughters Samantha and Sarah. He will continue to teach social studies at Morris Hills, as well as coach JV basketball and varsity golf there.
His own assistant coach at CCM, Sebastian Castillo, played for Rosenberg at Morris Hills as well as at CCM. Dubbed “the poster child for CCM soccer” by Rosenberg, Castillo played in the Region XIX Tournament at CCM, then the NCAA Tournament at Centenary, and is currently getting his masters degree at Monmouth. Rosenberg hopes to help all his players earn CCM degrees and move on to study and play at four-year schools.
“Morris County soccer is very strong, and CCM can draw a lot of those kids to come and play there,” Rosenberg said. “It’s a place you can be successful, if you can get people to buy into the idea of going to a junior college, saving some money, getting a good education, and getting an opportunity to play. … It’s a place that’s really undervalued in the community.”
Borrowing Red Bull New York’s high-pressure attacking style, Rosenberg is looking for an aggressive squad that can hold the ball. His initial recruiting class of 12 includes Morris Knolls and Morris…