Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by representatives of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.
Rob Kaefer has been selected as Newsday’s 2012 Coach of the Year for the
District’s Girls Aquatic Team.
Kaefer has been teaching in the District for
19 years and this is his 17th year coaching the girls swim team.
He started coaching both the boys and girls teams due to his own love of the
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He swam for Wantagh H.S. where he qualified as All-County
each year, as well as for the State Championships in multiple events. He then
went on to swim for Stony Brook University where he qualified as
This is the first time that Kaefer was selected by Newsday as a Long Island Coach of the Year, but the second year that he was selected as
swim Coach of the Year by the Nassau County Girls Swim Coaches
Association. This was also
the first year that Kaefer coached the girls swim team to their first ever
Conference 1 Title.
Dennis Ringel was also selected as Newsday’s 2012 Coach of the Year for
the John F. Kennedy High School Boys Volleyball Team.
Ringel has been with the
Bellmore-Merrick CHSD since September, 2005 and is a Health and Physical
Education Teacher at Kennedy and Calhoun High Schools. He is a graduate of Lock
Haven University and received his Masters Degree from Stony Brook University.
Ringel has led the boys’ volleyball team to a 23-0 undefeated season, capturing
the Nassau County Championship (fourth in the last five years) the Long Island
Championship and the New York State Championship, the only boys’ team from Long
Island to win a state title.
Ringel has previously coached the Mepham High School Girls Volleyball
team to Conference Championships. Some of Ringel's graduates include one American
Volleyball Coaches Association High School All-American, six first-team
all-state honorees, one State MVP, four county MVPs, and one district MVP, all
of whom have gone on to play at many top colleges and universities.
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