THERE'S ALOT OF BLOOD, SWEAT AND GUTS BETWEEN DREAMS AND SUCCESS.

COACH PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT

MEET THE COACHING STAFF

JIM COOPER SR. OWNER

JIM BEGAN KICKING IN THE 6TH GRADE AND WAS VIRTUALLY SELF TAUGHT.  AFTER KICKING 4 YEARS AT MAINLAND REGIONAL HS & SETTING VIRTUALLY EVERY KICKING RECORD JIM ACCEPTED A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO KICK FOR TEMPLE UNIVERSITY.  AS A 3 YEAR STARTER COACH COOPER KICKED TWO OF THE GREATEST GAME WINNING FIELD GOALS IN THE SCHOOL'S HISTORY BEATING THE PITT PANTHERS AND THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS.  PREVIOUSLY THE OWLS HAD NEVER BEATEN BOTH TEAMS IN THE SAME YEAR IN THE HISTORY OF THEIR PROGRAM.

 

AFTER COLLEGE JIM WAS DRAFTED TO THE NOW DEFUNCT PSFL, AKA PROFESSIONAL SPRING FOOTBALL LEAGUE.  HE CHOSE NOT TO ACCEPT A CONTRACT, IRONICALLY, AS THE LEAGUE FOLDED 1 WEEK PRIOR TO TRAINING CAMP.  


SEVERAL YEARS LATER JIM WAS CALLED UPON BY THE OAKLAND RAIDERS FOR A FREE AGENT TRYOUT BUT DECLINED THIS OFFER AS WELL DUE TO THE SCHEDULED BIRTH OF HIS DAUGHTER ON THE SAME DAY AS THE TRYOUT.  


AS IT TURNS OUT COACH COOPER PLAYED A BRIEF STINT WITH THE ATLANTIC CITY CARDSHARKS OF THE NATIONAL INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE, WHICH SHUT DOWN AFTER JUST ONE SEASON.  AT AGE 41 COACH COOPER'S PRO CAREER BEGAN AND ENDED IN JUST 3 WEEKS. 


JIM'S REAL PASSION IS WORKING WITH YOUNG KICKERS, PUNTERS AND LONG SNAPPERS.  COACHING AT HIS ALMA MATER MRHS FOR 21 YEARS ALONGSIDE HIS FRIEND BOB COFFEY COOPER CONSISTENTLY DEVELOPED SOME OF THE FINEST KICKERS IN SOUTH JERSEY.  THE HIGHLIGHT OF HIS 21+ YEAR CAREER WAS COACHING HIS SON JIM COOPER JR, WHO BROKE ALMOST EVERY RECORD SET BY JIM SR.  



JIM COOPER JR.

AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS "COOP"  JIM JR SET ALMOST EVERY KICKING RECORD FOR THE MAINLAND MUSTANGS.  A 4 YEAR STARTER COOP SINGLE HANDIDLY WON MANY GAMES FOR THE MUSTANGS BY HIS INCREDIBLE ACCURACY ON FIELD GOALS, HIS MONSTER KICKOFFS WHICH USUALLY RESULTED IN TOUCHBACKS & HIS TOWERING PUNTS, OFTEN FLIPPING THE FIELD  AND FORCING OPPONENTS TO DRIVE A LENGTHY FIELD TO SCORE.


WITH ICEWATER IN HIS VEINS COOPER KICKED 4 LAST SECOND FIELD GOALS FOR THE MUSTANGS IN COME FROM BEHIND VICTORIES. 


IN 2013 COOP WAS RANKED #1 PLACEKICKER IN THE COUNTRY BY THE NATIONAL CAMP SERIES.  


HE SET THE RECORD AT MRHS FOR MOST POINTS IN A CAREER FOR A KICKER WITH 153.  


HE WAS VOTED ALL STATE KICKER AS A JUNIOR AND SENIOR, AND NOMINATED TO REPRESENT THE EAST AT THE ANNUAL ARMY ALL AMERICAN GAME IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS.  


ALL SOUTH JERSEY PLACEKICKER BY THE BROOKS IRVINE CLUB 2012 & 2013.  ALSO SELECTED AS ALL CAPE ATLANTIC KICKER EVERY YEAR OF HIS CAREER.


AFTER SETTING AN UNBELIEVABLE NEW JERSEY STATE RECORD WITH 31 CAREER FIELD GOALS COOP JR ACCEPTED A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO HIS FATHER'S ALMA MATER TEMPLE UNIVERSITY.  HE GRADUATED IN JUST 3 YEARS WITH A BS IN PRE HEALTH AFTER HANDLING KICKOFF DUTIES FOR THE OWLS.  


UPON GRADUATING FROM TEMPLE COOP ACCEPTED ANOTHER SCHOLARSHIP TO WAGNER COLLEGE WHERE HE ENJOYED A STELLAR CAREER, VOTED SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND HONORED BY THE NORTH EAST CONFERENCE AS ALL CONFERENCE KICKER.

JOE FORTUNATO

JOE FORTUNATI SPENT MUCH OF HIS YOUNGER PLAYING CAREER

JOE FORTUNATO ENJOYED MUCH OF HIS YOUNGER PLAYING CAREER ALONGSIDE COOPER JR AND COACH COOPER.  JOE WAS A TALENTED QUARTERBACK FOR THE LINWOOD PANTHERS, THROWING THE BALL A COUNTRY MILE!  JOE TOOK THESE SKILLS WITH HIM TO MAINLAND REGIONAL WHERE HE CONTINUED PLAYING WITH HIS FRIEND COOP.  


WHILE AT MAINLAND JOE REALIZED ANOTHER TALENT.  NOT ONLY COULD HE THROW BOMBS STANDING UP, HE COULD FIRE MISSILES BETWEEN HIS LEGS!  LONGSNAPPING WOULD PROVE TO SEND JOE INTO A CAREER OPPOSITE OF HIS DREAMS OF PLAYING QUARTERBACK. 


HIS ACCURACY AND SPEED WOULD PROVE TO BE A HUGE ASSET TO THE MUSTANG FOOTBALL PROGRAM.  


JOE PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE IN THE SUCCESS OF THE MUSTANG FIELD GOAL TEAM AS WELL AS THEIR PUNT TEAM. AFTER 2 YEARS OF SUPERB SNAPPING JOE WAS OFFERED A WALK ON OPPORTUNITY WITH THE DELAWARE BLUE HENS.


AFTER WINNING THE PUNT SNAPPING POSITION JOE WAS EVENTUALLY REWARDED WITH A FULL SCHOLARSHIP HIS LAST 2 YEARS. 


AT A RECENT SPECIAL TEAMS CAMP AT UDEL FORMER COACH DAVE BROCK INTRODUCED JOE TO THE CAMP PARTICIPANTS AS THE GUY THAT NO ONE KNEW.  "NOBODY KNEW THE NAME JOE FORTUNATO BECAUSE HE SNAPPED SO WELL FOR 4 YEARS THAT HIS NAME WAS NEVER KNOWN!"  THE ONLY TIME THE CROWD KNOWS THE NAME OF THE LONGSNAPPER IS WHEN HE MESSES UP!  


JOE TAKES GREAT PRIDE IN HIS FINE CAREER AND BEING AN UNSUNG HERO.


BIG JOE, AS I CALL HIM, HAS HAD WORKOUTS WITH THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AND INDIANAPOLIS COLTS.  JOE CONTINUES TO TRAIN IN HOPES OF AN NFL OPPORTUNITY.

RAY PHILLIP

RAY IS A SOPHOMORE LONGSNAPPER AT ROWAN UNIVERSITY.  PLAYING FOR COLLINGSWOOD HIGH SCHOOL RAY DEVELOPED HIS PASSION FOR LONGSNAPPING AS A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR.


WORKING DILIGENTLY AT HIS CRAFT RAY MADE RAPID IMPROVEMENT WITH A GOAL IN MIND TO PLAY AT ROWAN UNIVERSITY.  AS A FRESHMAN RAY WAS BACKUP TO PAUL RUCCI AND WAS HAPPY TO LEARN AND IMPROVE ALONGSIDE HIM. 


HIS SEASON WAS CUT TRAGICALLY SHORT WHE RAY TORE HIS ACL IN A SCRIMMAGE GAME IN AUGUST OF 2016.


NO STRANGER TO PAIN, LOSS AND ADVERSITY RAY WAS SURGICALLY REPAIRED AND IS NOW THE STARTING LONGSNAPPER FOR ROWAN UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL.  


RAY HAS A UNIQUE ABILITY TO DEAL WITH YOUNGER KIDS BECAUSE OF HIS MILD TEMPERAMENT AND UNWAVERING PATIENCE.


RAY IS A TRUE ASSET TO THE 5 STAR KICKING STAFF AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO TRAIN UNDER HIM.  



TYLER KNIGHTON

TYLER CAME TO ROWAN UNIVERSITY WITH THE HOPES OF WINNING THE KICKING POSITION AND HAVING A GREAT CAREER.


TYLER HAS DONE EXACTLY THAT & MORE!  


AS A TRUE FRESHMAN TYLER CONNECTED ON 12-16 FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS WITH A LONG OF 42 YARDS.  HE ALSO SET A ROWAN UNIVERSITY RECORD WITH 4 FIELD GOALS IN ONE GAME AND WAS NAMED NJAC ALL CONFERENCE 1ST TEAM AND USA COLLEGE FOOTBALL FRESHMAN ALL AMERICAN.  


TYLER RESPONDED WITH A GREAT SOPH AND JUNIOR CAMPAIGN GOING 7-10 AND 10-13 RESPECTIVELY.  


AS TYLER WRAPS UP HIS CAREER IN NOVEMBER OF 2017 HE BOASTS A CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE OF 75%, CONNECTING ON 33-44 FG ATTEMPTS IN HIS CAREER.


I HAVE HAD THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN TYLER FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS AT ROWAN UNIVERSITY.  HE HAS TRAINED MANY OF THE STUDENTS AT 5 STAR AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HIM ON MY STAFF FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.