Tom Maderia, who led Burlington Township High School to a 10-1 record, has been named the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club’s coach of the year.
Maderia was honored at the club’s 74th annual banquet Monday night at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. He shared the spotlight with the All-South Jersey football team as well as several individual award winners.
The club honored college players of the year such as Temple’s Ryquell Armstead (Millville), Stony Brook’s Shayne Lawless (Moorestown), West Chester’s Tyler Drob (Cherry Hill East), and Albright’s David Sanchez (Williamstown).
Scholar-athletes Elijah Glover of Pleasantville, Prince-dru Bey of Winslow Township, Preston Verling of Paul VI, and Joe Bonczek of St. Augustine Prep also were honored.
Maderia’s team won its first 10 games, capturing the West Jersey Football League’s Liberty Division title with a 5-0 mark. The Falcons lost to Woodrow Wilson in the South Jersey Group 3 final.
Burlington Township was led by senior defensive back Omar Rogers, an Elon recruit as well as a member of the All-South Jersey team.
Other standouts included senior quarterback Danny Grozozski, who set a school record with 30 touchdown passes, and senior wide receivers Isaiah Pae and Tyrese Ware, who combined for 21 touchdown catches.
Burlington Township registered several impressive victories this season, beating 2017 South Jersey Group 3 champion Delsea and 2018 South Jersey Group 4 finalist Clearview. In an Oct. 20 clash of unbeaten teams ranked No. 4 and No. 5 in South Jersey, respectively, Burlington Township beat Highland, 14-13.
This was Maderia’s most successful team in terms of wins and losses in his 16 seasons at Burlington Township. He has a career record of 105-61 at the school.
Maderia also coached for 11 seasons at Holy Cross, compiling a 90-28 record. His 2000 team won the Non-Public 4 state title, beating Don Bosco Prep in the final, 41-40.
Maderia is the only New Jersey football coach to have won 90 or more games at two schools, according to state sports historian Chuck Langerman.