The East Brunswick High School boys volleyball team enjoyed a season to remember in 2013, taking home the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament title and reaching the finals of the NJSIAA Central Tournament, all while recording 30 victories to just four defeats. The man behind the Bears’ success, head coach Greg Rutz, wasn’t quite sure how his team would perform heading into the campaign.
“I knew coming into the season we had an athletic group, but we had a couple of holes that we had to fill,” he said. “We tried to get the right mix and in the end, I think we had the right mix of players, but St. Joe’s had our number.”
Rutz is The Home News Tribune’s Coach of the Year.
In winning the GMCT, East Brunswick toppled St. Joseph, who accounted for three of the Bears’ four losses this season, in a dominant 2-0 decision.
“They definitely didn’t show up and we definitely did and when that happens, that’s the result you end up with, no matter what level you’re playing at,” Rutz said.
The 30 wins that East Brunswick collected was the fourth-highest total state wide in 2013 and the Bears went 29-1 against teams other than St. Joseph.