St. Joseph by-the-Sea named Tressor Baptiste its new varsity football coach and the former New Brighton resident was introduced to the program’s players and parents at a welcoming ceremony Tuesday night at Huguenot School.
The introduction was done by Reverend Michael Reilly, who became Baptiste Sea’s sixth coach in the program’s 28-year history.
Baptiste, a former Curtis HS football star who got wet in the NFL a decade ago, is replacing Joe Goerge, who stepped down from his post earlier this month after two seasons.
Baptiste, who was joined at the ceremony by his parents, Donald and Leiseil, fiancée Nicole De Freitas and brother Donald Jr. (he also has a sister, Tracey, who was unable to attend), was delighted when she had the chance to take over. the Viking program.
“It feels great. It’s an incredible opportunity of a lifetime,” said Baptiste, a resident of Toms River, NJ, who will also work immediately in Sea’s Physical Education Department. “This is all I’ve worked for.
“The relationship I’ve been able to maintain with (athletic director) Richard Bruno and Fr. Reilly has helped me realize that they align with my core beliefs and expectations of a high standard of excellence and that we share the same overall vision of St. Joseph by-the-Sea and the football program.”
fr. Meanwhile, Reilly said it didn’t take him long to realize Baptiste was the right man for the job.
“I didn’t have to spend a lot of time to see Tressor’s amazing personality and perseverance,” said the director. “The more I talked to him, the more I realized this was the best man (for the position).
“Of course we want to be competitive and develop great players, but I also want our student-athletes to have a diverse resume when they graduate and he shares the same vision. You ultimately train young people to go out into the world and make a contribution (to society).
“We want them to focus on being the best (version) of themselves and Tressor will help them do that.”
Baptiste, who has been a part of Susan Wagner’s football program for the past four seasons, has an extensive resume that includes a lavishly decorated football career at both the high school and collegiate levels.
For starters, he was a three-year varsity player for former Curtis coach Freddie Olivieri. The running back/linebacker was named an Advance All-Star as a senior before graduating in 2006.
After a two-year stint playing football at Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the Trinidad native played a season with Hofstra before the Long Island school ended its football program. Although he eventually graduated from Hofstra, he moved to Texas A&M Kingsville, where he was eligible for his senior year.
However, Baptiste’s football career did not end there. He was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears and after playing preseason games in 2011, he was released and later signed by the New Orleans Saints. He later signed with the Seattle Seahawks, where he played in the exhibition squad for a while in 2012.
After his time in the NFL, he returned to Texas A&M Kingsville for four seasons as a graduate assistant. Baptiste, who holds master’s degrees in both Education Administration and Teaching, returned to Staten Island in 2018, where he not only received his teaching license through NYC Teaching Fellows, but also joined Susan Wagner on the varsity football staff of head coach Arthur Newcombe.
Baptiste coached the linebackers during his first year with the Falcons before being elevated to defensive coordinator for the last three seasons. At the same time, he taught with Susan Wagner before landing in the same position recently at the Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton.
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