"Jay is a proven recruiter and a walking encyclopedia on current high school wrestlers and programs," said Turner. "He gives us the ability to cover twice as much ground in our search for the first full class of Gothic Knights, in addition to his years of experience coaching at the highest levels of NJSIAA wrestling."
Jason EcklofEcklof, a Howell, N.J. native and current resident of Brick, N.J., has spent the last seven years coaching at both Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel, N.J. and Howell High School in Howell.
He was honored as the 2018 NJSIAA District 19 Assistant Coach of the Year. In five years at Saint John Vianney from 2014-19, he helped lead the Lancers to the 2018 NJSIAA District 19, Shore Conference Tournament and Shore Conference A-Central Division Championships. In 2019, SJV was ranked No. 20 in the state of New Jersey. On the mat, he coached 16 state qualifiers (2015, 1; 2016, 2; 2017, 5; 2018, 4; 2019, 4) and six state medalists, including the school's first-ever state champion (113-pound weight class) in 2019. In 2018, three Lancers finished in the top four in the state.
Ecklof came to Saint John Vianney after a successful two-year run (2012-14) at Howell, where he was part of a coaching staff that led the Rebels to the No. 13 ranking in the state in 2013 and 10th in 2014. He helped Howell win the 2014 NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV Sectional and Shore Conference Tournament Championships and back-to-back NJSIAA District 21 and Shore Conference A-North Division crowns in 2013 and 2014. During his stint at Howell, he coached six state qualifiers (2013, 3; 2014, 3) and three state medalists.
Ecklof wrestled collegiately at York College of Pennsylvania for two seasons (2008-10) at 157 pounds before turning home and concluding his career at The College of New Jersey in 2011-12.
A native of Howell, N.J., Ecklof was a standout for Howell High School where he posted a stellar 101-37 career record for the Rebels. He won the District 21 championship as a sophomore in 2005-06. As a senior in 2007-08, he placed second in Region 6 and finished in the top 16 in the state of New Jersey.
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