William J Bruno Obituary
William J. Bruno, 68, passed away Saturday, June 19th at Jersey Shore Medical Center. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Bill graduated from Christian Brothers Academy and Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) before pursuing his master’s degree at Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey).
Bill was a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator who touched the lives of so many students, athletes, teachers, coaches, officials and fellow administrators over the course of his magnificent career from 1976 to 2021.
Bill was a teacher at Manalapan HS, CBA, Asbury Park HS, & Pinelands HS. He earned Ocean County Teacher of the Year honors in 1998 while at Pinelands “Regional from the Asbury Park Press as well as the NJ Governor's Office.
Bruno coached football at Manalapan (‘76-’XX) & Pinelands (‘89-’92 & ‘98-’99). He was winter and spring assistant track coach at CBA (‘76-’79) the head track & field coach at Manalapan (‘80-’82), CBA (‘83-’89) and Pinelands (‘90-’00). He led teams that went undefeated, won leagues, divisions & Shore Conference championships. He also coached 2 Penn Relays teams (CBA & Pinelands) to 1st place finishes. Named coach of the year by the Asbury Park Press for Monmouth/Ocean in Spring Track twice & in Football. He was named the Coach of the Year in football and in Track & Field. He belongs to the coaching Hall of Fames for Pinelands Regional, NJSIAA/New Jersey Scholastic, the Shore Conference of High Schools & Christian Brothers Academy.
Bruno shifted gears and became an athletic administrator at Marlboro High School (‘99-‘02) then Howell (‘02-‘03), Brick & Brick Memorial (‘03-’12), then just Brick Memorial (‘12-’15). He was a director & member of numerous boards and committees while serving each district. Bill introduced & promoted 6 Special Olympic Wheelchair events to our Spring NJ Track & Field Meet of Champions. During his time as A.D. he earned the NJSIAA Service Award, Sportsmanship Award (3 times), Central Jersey Sectional Award of Merit, Bob Hopek Professional Development Award, State Award of Merit, Athletic Director of the Year (‘15), NIAAA-Frank Kovaleski Professional Development Award, Award of Merit & Distinguished Service Award, Brick Township Police Athletic League Man of the Year, & Shore Track Hank Nonnenberg Official of the Year.
In August of 2015, Bruno was appointed as an assistant director at the NJSIAA and was tasked with overseeing the state’s cross country, winter and spring track seasons & was the meet director for each sports championship. He led NJSCA coaches’ clinics and Hall of Fame luncheons. He was a representative, member, director, presenter, instructor, & mentor for numerous programs in the State. Bill proposed and secured approval for Girls Wrestling in NJ. He received the NIAAA-Certificate of Appreciation and the Shore Chapter of the NJSIAA Wrestling Association “Man of the Year”.
He also was a huge fan of the Miami Dolphins, The Who (went to over 50 concerts), and the Civil War (participated in re-enactments). Bill’s love of this country & the great outdoors was exemplified when he received the National Park’s Volunteer 500 hours Certificate @ Theodore National Park-North Unit in North Dakota. (2014) - (Volunteer there from 2005 thru 2018)
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Jeannette Bruno; his sons Kyle & Eric Bruno, his stepsons Cole & CJ Cameron & his spouse Alicia and granddaughter, Brielle. His siblings Peter, Jimmy, Kathy Celli & Mary Pat Napolitano. He is predeceased by his mother Patricia and father Butch Bruno, the legendary head football coach at Asbury Park High School from 1946-65
The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday June 23th from 1-4pm & 6-8pm at the Buckley Funeral Home, 509 Second Ave. Asbury Park NJ 07712. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday June 24th in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Asbury Park at 10:30am.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (more info to come).
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