It’s Rob Carcich, for the ‘defense’,
as a new era begins for Wayne Hills
Wayne Hills High made a tremendous choice in naming Rob Carcich its new boys basketball coach.
Carcich, who had tremendous success at Passaic Valley for over a decade, with his vaunted 2-3 defense, takes over a program which enjoyed some good seasons under Kevin Grimes, for the past five years. The 2017-2018 Patriots won the Passaic County Tournament championship and made a nice run in the NJSIAA Tournament, en route to a 21-8 season. Grimes also guided the Patriots to three straight 20-win seasons, including last winter, as well as multiple Big North Conference championships.
Defense will certainly be emphasized this winter, as Carcich’s intense, upbeat style will require 32 minutes of commitment, in every game. The man will demand no less.
Carcich, here during a PV practice years ago, will have that intensity burning at Wayne Hills this coming season. (Click on photo for larger image)
Carcich coached at Passaic Valley for a dozen years, in which he led the Hornets to 11 straight winning seasons, a state sectional championship as well as three appearances in the sectional final. It’s hard to imagine that the Patriots won’t enjoy a good deal of success this winte...
Former West Morris football player turns traumatic brain injury into inspirational podcast
Kevin Saum wants a couple of things to be made clear up front. He isn't opposed to youth sports. In fact, he still enjoys football, even though the sport almost claimed his life 11 years ago.
Saum acknowledged he shouldn’t be here right now, with an undergraduate degree from Rutgers and a Georgetown masters in sports industry management.
Saum hoped to play college football after graduating from West Morris. But that dream ended on Oct. 5, 2007, when he suffered second-impact syndrome on the football field, a traumatic brain injury resulting from cumulative insults.
Saum had experienced severe headaches after a hit on the field a week earlier, but hid his symptoms. After the second impact, he had a grand mal seizure and was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center where he received an emergency craniotomy to relieve the pressure on his brain.
Saum's long recovery was slowed by infection and an allergic reaction. But he beat the odds, since almost 100 percent of SIS survivors have some kind of disability – and 50 percent die.
Physically, Saum was OK – except for a scar curving from his hairline past his right ear. But healing his "identity crisis" took far longer.
"I didn't wake up on Oct. 5, 2007, thinking I was never going to play football again, and that's exactly what happened," said Saum, 28, a Morristown resident. "I wasn't prepared for that. I was backtracking to figure out what's next."
Saum worked for the Rutgers football team, and interned for the Jets while earning his undergraduate degree in sports management. He got more involved with health and safety issues in athletics, and launched the Heads 'N Tales podcast to share stories like his.
"I was trying to heal myself, to find paths to try," said Saum, who has worked for Atlantic Health for three years. "I'm trying to prevent the suffering for other people."
West Morris alumni Kevin Saum a...