The Old Bridge High School track and field program, long one of the most successful in the Middlesex County, suffered through a bit of down season a year ago.
But in 2013, the Knights recaptured their throne at the top of the Greater Middlesex Conference, winning the boys and girls titles at the GMC Championships thanks in large part to a pair of men who have been coaching for more seasons than their athletes have been alive.
Old Bridge’s Jack Campbell and Steve Gajewski, who guide the boys and girls teams respectively, are The Home News Tribune’s Indoor Track Co-Coaches of the Year.
“I’ve been coaching for 17 years now and it’s a total team effort,” Gajewski said. “It’s about the kids that work hard every day. Ultimately, the kids are the ones that lead to my success.”
The success of Old Bridge’s winning teams can be linked closely to 30-year veteran Campbell, one of New Jersey’s most respected mentors and someone Gajewski had learned a lot from.
“He has been doing this for a long time and he knows his stuff and it’s awesome to work with Jack on a daily basis,” Gajewski said.