NJ Ferrari Maserati

Around Town
Colts Neck Cares 1st Annual Benefit for Bella
The Community YMCA Launches Annual Strong Kids Campaign
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School as National STEM Showcase School
Ask The Experts
Ask The Experts: Gary Michaels Fine Jewelry
Ask The Experts - Wegmans
AskThe Expert - Frank LaRocca
Bay Wellness
Bay Wellness - Genital Warts
Bay Wellness - Making Weight Loss a Family Affair
Bay Wellness - Don't Forget
Best Bets
Best Bet - 732-Express
Best Bet - Colts Neck Racquet Club
The Guide 2014 - Manfredi Auto Group
Black Book
Cover Story
Felicia Stoler: Spreading Health With A Little TLC
The Q Factor - Quincy Mumford
Dr. Yong and Moon Choo…On a Fascinating Life Journey.
Daytripper
Day Tripper - American Museum of Natural History
Day Tripper - USMA at West Point
DayTripper: Princeton
Eats
Eats: Asahi
Eat Beat - Angelina’s Ristorante
Dish - Summer Guide 2014
Etc
Etc - The Facebook Situation
Etc - Tired, Busy, Distracted, and Resigned
Etc - The Endless Summer
Fall Guide
Fall Guide - Performing Theatre
Fall Guide 2014 - Pick Your Patch
Fall Guide 2014 - Museums
Featured Artist
Featured Artist - Elyissia Chinchilla
Featured Artist - Franco Minervini
Featured Artist - Taylor Franzreb
Gift Guide
The Guide 2014 - Reproductive Science Center of NJ
The Guide 2014 - Set The Stage
Best Bet - Design Line Kitchens
Health Talk
Health Talk - Atlantic Eye Physicians
Health Talk - Pietro Carpenito, M.D.
Health Talk - Pop Weight Loss
Health, Wellness & Beauty
Health - The Solace Day Spa & Salon
HWB 2014 - Retina Consultants
Health - DOCSMILE
Homes
A Big House That Lives Small - Garofolo
Serpentine Splendor - Miriam and Ahron Jundef
An International Flair - Govil
Letter
Warm Winter Wishes
Spring has Sprung!
Letter to Colts Neck: Falling Into Good Times
Living in Colts Neck
La Bella Vita!
It's All in the Details
All The Pretty Horses
Newsletter Articles
The Home - ACD Custom Granite
The Home - JGS Insurance
The Home - Giglio Builders
Our Picks
Health - Dr. Pamela Levy
Company Profile - Batteries Plus
Our Pick: Monmouth Beach Plantation Shutters
People On The Move
People On The Move - Nick Blanchard
People On The Move: Dave Cohen
People On The Move - Mimi Chang
Summer Guide
Where Heritage Meets The Sea
Weigh In - What Annoys You Most About The Beach?
Summer Guide - The Beach is Back
The Bay
The Bay - Can The Weight Be Over?
The Bay - $1 Million Emergency Department Expansion Opens
The Bay - Healthier Heart
The Guide
The Guide 2014 - Garage Innovations
The Guide 2014 - Circle Infiniti
The Guide 2014 - Rockwell Dentistry
The Home Guide
The Home Guide - EncoreGarage of New Jersey
The Home Guide - ACD Custom Granite
The Home - Ryser’s Landscape Supply
Weigh In
Weigh In - My Favorite Monmouth County Park
Weigh In - Role Models
Weigh In - What Annoys You Most About The Beach?

People On The Move - Sal Guastella
04/30/2011 - By Paul Williams

People On The Move - Sal Guastella



A COACH FOR LACROSSE AND LIFE


This spring, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Holmdel high school’s lacrosse team, the Hornets. They are ranked fourth  in the Shore Conference, and expect to compete for the conference title - not bad considering the school’s lacrosse  program didn’t exist until four years ago. The team’s rapid ascent and lofty expectations can be credited its head coach  and founder, Sal Guastella. Guastella, who was an all-conference lacrosse player and conference champion at Montclair  State, was itching to start up a lacrosse program when he discovered the untapped potential in Holmdel. “This was an  area that I had marked in my mind as a great place to coach. There is a youth program, so there are young players here  already. I thought it was an opportunity to teach in a great school district, too,” says Guastella, who has lived in Middletown for the past 20 years. He is currently a substitute teacher for Holmdel High School, and previously taught  and coached at St. John Vianny in 2006-2007.

The 49-year-old Guastella’s path to teaching is a rather unique one. Unlike many of his friends who graduated with  degrees in education, he received his Bachelors in Political Science in 1983, and then proceeded to work on Wall Street.  “Back then you didn't need to have a finance degree. It sounds ridiculous right now, but I just put some resumes out,  got an internship at Bankers Trust and next thing you know, I was hired. Then I worked as a fixed income trader for 20  years.” Guastella moved from New York City to Middletown when his wife, Mary Grace, became pregnant with the  first of their two children. “My wife is from Middletown. I liked the area, and I decided to become a commuter.”

Mary Grace, who is the office manager at RBC Wealth Management in Red Bank, attended Montclair with Sal, but the  two of them never met until after they graduated. “The funny thing is, there were only about 1,000 people living on  campus, and she lived there, too. But then five or six years after college, we had similar friends and we started going  out,” he said with a laugh.

Commuting to New York was a different experience for Guastella, who was born and raised on Long Island. Despite the  fact that he earned a good living, he began to take the steps to change his career in the late 90s. “In my 30s, after I  started coaching, and coaching my son at the Rumson-Fair Haven lacrosse program, I think I may have figured out what  I really should be doing, and I wanted to teach, too.” Guastella enrolled in Monmouth University as a graduate student,  where he took night classes twice a week, and obtained a Masters in teaching in 2000.

He believes the myriad of skills that he gained from his career on Wall Street and from raising two children have helped  him become a better coach and teacher. Learning to manage two children helps him juggle various personalities, which is  essential when you are dealing with 25 high school males on a regular basis. He also tries to pass on to students the  professional skills he learned on Wall Street. “This is a temporary stop for these kids. The business experience of  communicating well and being dedicated are important traits to learn.”

Guastella believes the one word that describes him best is ‘determined,’ which is evidenced by the amount of hours he  puts into coaching and raising a family. “If you're doing it right, it takes virtually all of your time.” But seeing the pay off, on the field and at home, makes the time spent worth it to him. His son Peter is currently a lacrosse player at  McDaniel College, and his daughter Samantha will be attending Quinnipiac on a basketball scholarship.

Five seniors from Holmdel are going on to play college lacrosse, and it makes Guastella proud to see students offered an  opportunity that didn’t exist before he started the lacrosse program. While he loves seeing his students run onto the  college fields, don’t expect him to take a shot at becoming a college coach. “With recruiting and what's demanded of a  college coach, that’s not a lifestyle I want. A huge benefit of being, hopefully, a full-time teacher and coach is I get to  live in my community. Twenty years on a train is enough. I missed a lot of good stuff in Monmouth County. I'm trying  to make up for it now.”



STATS

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS
Buona Sera and Sono Sushi

FAVORITE MUSICIAN
Jimmy Buffett

FAVORITE MOVIES
”Being There” and “Life is Beautiful”

PET PEEVES
People who just go through the motions

THREE PEOPLE YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH
Jimmy Buffett, Warren Buffett, and Barack Obama




Advertisers

The Grove At ShrewsburyEagle Oaks




Powered by eDirectory™