Tony Bednarsky enters his 32nd season as the head coach of the Gill St. Bernard’s boys’ soccer team. He is the longest tenured coach at the school and one of the top soccer coaches in New Jersey.
Bednarsky has achieved unprecedented success while leading the Knights’ soccer program. Taking over a program that he has truly been able to “build up from day one,” Bednarsky’s teams have consistently ranked as some of the top in the conference, county and state.
He has won a total of five Non-Public B State titles, 11 Prep B titles, one Somerset County title, and an incredible 24 conference titles (Skyland, Patriot, Prep Conferences). He has also amassed 532 career wins, 464 with Gill. Bednarsky has had countless players achieve All-Conference and All-State accolades while also going on to play at the NCAA Division I level.
In 2007, he was inducted into the NJSIAA Coaches Hall of Fame and in 2009 he was named the New Jersey Coach of the Year by the Star Ledger. He has also won the past two Skyland Conference Coach of the Year awards. In 2019, after a historic season of winning five championships, Bednarsky was named the Boys Fall East Region Private/Parochial Coach of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches Committee.
“I have enjoyed building it up from scratch,” says Bednarsky. “It has been great to really turn it into a reputable program. More than all of that though, I have enjoyed the lasting relationships throughout the years with many, many players I have been able to coach. That is the most lasting to me, more than any score or championship.”
Bednarsky has also served as a Middle School history teacher here at Gill for three decades.
The boys’ Middle School soccer program provides an excellent opportunity for young players to hone their skills while meeting other students with an interest in the sport. In addition, play at the Middle School level helps prepare athletes for highly competitive varsity and JV teams in the Upper School.
The boys’ soccer program has experienced a tremendous amount of success throughout its history here at Gill. It is consistently one of the top soccer teams in the Skyland Conference, Somerset County and New Jersey. The program has won 24 conference titles (1975-1978, 1991-2000, 2003, 2005-2007, 2009, 20012, 2015-2017, 2019), one Somerset County title (2019), along with 11 Prep-B titles (1991, 1992, 1994, 1996-1998, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019) and five Non-Public State Championships (2009, 20013, 2016, 2018, 2019).
Varsity, Junior Varsity, MS 7-8
Raritan Division of Skyland Conference, NJISAA- Prep B Championships, and Somerset County Interscholastic Athletic Association
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Head Varsity Coach