Our Coaches

John Audino

  • Running Backs Coach

After 24 seasons at Union College, John Audino is now in his second season as the Passing Game Coordinator and RB Coach for Columbia University.

As the Head Football Coach at Union College, Coach John Audino accumulated a record of 152-89 and is the only coach in Union football history to win 100 games. During his tenure, he led the Dutchmen to five appearances in the NCAA Division III National Tournament and six Eastern College Athletic Conference appearances, with 5 ECAC Championships. In 2005, Coach Audino’s team featured a perfect 10-0 regular season, the ninth undefeated season in Union history and Coach Audino's second undefeated team as the Head Coach at Union. Union won the Liberty League title at 7-0 that year, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, finishing 11-1, the most wins in a season for the Dutchmen. Coach Audino also led the Dutchmen to an undefeated regular season and a NCAA playoff berth in 1993. In 1995, his team went to the quarterfinals of the NCAA and in 2000, the Dutchmen again qualified for the NCAA playoffs. Coach Audino’s teams of 1994, 1996, 1999, and 2001 won the ECAC Northwest Championship and the 2009 team won the ECAC championship. His 2011 and 2012 teams recorded a 6-1 league record in each of those seasons, with the 2011 team sharing the Liberty League title.

Coach Audino's first collegiate position was at the University of Albany, under the legendary Bob Ford.
In 1977, he joined the staff at Columbia University where he coached until 1981 filling numerous positions as an assistant football coach. In 1982, Coach Audino coached at the University of Kentucky under Jerry Claiborne, coaching the tight ends and assisting with the punters. After only a single season at Kentucky, Coach Audino began his first run at Union College, from 1983-1986, as their Offensive Coordinator and Head Baseball Coach.

Coach Audino helped the football team achieve a 28-4 record as well as three appearances in the NCAA Division III playoffs and an appearance at the 1983 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl for the National Championship in Division III football. His offenses also set many records at Union. As a baseball coach, Coach Audino set the then school record for most wins in a season with 16, and his team appeared in the ECAC championship in 1984 and 1985, winning the championship in 1984.

Coach Audino left Union in 1986 to begin his five season stint at the University of Pennsylvania, coaching the quarterbacks and wide receivers, until 1990. In 1986 the Quakers went undefeated with a 10-0 record, won an Ivy League title, and ranked 7th in the country in 1-AA football. The Penn team also won the Ivy title in 1988 with a 9-1 record and ranked 16th in the country in 1-AA football. While at Penn, Coach Audino also ran the entire recruiting process for the football program as the Recruiting Coordinator.

Coach Audino was given his first collegiate head coaching opportunity in 1990 as the Head Football Coach at Kean University in New Jersey, where he led the Cougars to a 5-5 record in a rebuilding effort in his first year at the helm. Coach Audino stayed at Kean for two seasons before being appointed the Head Football Coach at Union in 1992.

A veteran football coach, John Audino understands the importance of success on and off the field for his student-athletes. He also coached four Gagliardi Trophy finalists, the Division III Heisman Trophy winner for the Division III Player of the year, and had 15 players receive AFCA Division III Coaches All-America Team honors. In his final eight seasons with Union, Audino coached a total of 106 Liberty League All-Academic student-athletes.

Coach Audino is an exceptional coach and an exceptional person.

Anthony Cioffi

  • Defensive Backs Coach

As a high school student athlete Anthony was a three-sport varsity letter winner in football, basketball and track. Anthony ultimately received a full scholarship to play football at Rutgers University where he studied Communications and Entrepreneurship while starting all four years as a cornerback and safety.

After college Anthony signed as an Undrafted Free Agent with the Oakland Raiders. Anthony is currently coaching high school football, conducting speed training and working with young student athletes as they pursue their dreams of playing high school and college athletics.

Don Klein

  • Offensive/Defensive Line Coach

Don Klein has over 14 years of coaching experience from the high school to NFL levels.

Currently, Coach Klein is working at The College of NJ as the Recruiting Coordinator, Run Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach.

In addition to Coach Klein’s college responsibilities he works as an: Offensive and Defensive Line Consultant for various NFL agents.  He is a NFL Combine Prep Coach for Offensive and Defensive Line players.  Coach Klein also works with current NFL players as they work on their offensive and defensive line technique.  Coach Klein also study's and evaluates film for the NFL Combine for all positions.  Coach Klein has worked with over 20 former and current NFL Players including but not limited to:  Damon Harrison, Will Tye, Chris Hubbard, Josue Matis

As a player, Coach Klein received many honors including:  High School 1st Team All State Offense & Defense, Star Ledger Offensive Player of the Year, Asbury Park Press Defensive Player of the Year and then went on to start all 4 years at Temple University.  One of Coach Klein's most memorable experiences was winning the Arena Bowl XIX with John Elway’s - Colorado Crush

Scott Lakatos

  • Defensive Backs Coach

Coach Lakatos joined the Georgia staff in January, 2010, after serving six years as secondary coach at the U. of CT.

In 2011, he coached 1st team All-American safety Bacarri Rambo and Paul Hornung Award winner Brandon Boykin.  Four of his secondary players have been drafted in the last 2 years, SS - Shawn Williams, CB - Sanders Commings, Rambo and Boykin.  In his 1st year with the Bulldogs he coached safety Alec Ogletree (2013 1st round pick) to Freshman All-SEC honors.  Coach Lakatos has been part of a defensive staff that has helped UGA to 22 victories, two SEC Eastern Division titles and produced 1st team All-American OLB Jarvis Jones and Rambo.

Coach Lakatos go to UGA right after the Huskies defeated South Carolina, 20-7, in the 2010 Papajohns.com bowl in Birmingham which represented the 5th bowl game in Coach's career.

In 2008, the UConn secondary helped the Huskies achieve a national ranking of #9 in pass efficiency defense.  Cornerback Darius Butler was selected in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots while safety Dahna Deleston signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears.

Led by Oakland Raiders draftee Tyvon Branch, UConn was 10th nationally in passing efficiency defense in 2007 and 17th in passing defense en route to the Big East Championship.

In 2005, UConn again led the Big East in total defense.  In 2004, the Huskies ranked 1st in the Big East and in the top 20 nationally, in passing defense, yielding just 190 yards per game.  The low sum helped UConn also lead the Big East in total defense in 2004.  Leading the unit was 1st team All Big East selection and Kansas City Chiefs signee, Justin Perkins, who made 5 interceptions on the year and tied for 14th in the nation in passes defended.

Coach Lakatos got to UConn after spending the previous 3 seasons as the secondary coach at Rutgers.  In 2003, Rutgers ranked 2nd in the Big East in passing defense, yielding 216.42 yards per game a total surpassed in the conference only by national-leader Miami.  Conerback Nate Jones earned CoSIDA Acadmic All-America honors for the 2nd year in a row and was drafted in the 7th round by the Dallas Cowboys.  Also that year, cornerback Brandon Haw signed with the Seahawks.  Coach Lakatos also coached free safety Shawn Seabrooks who earned a spot on the All-Big East second team in 2002.

Coach Lakatos graduated from Western CT in 1988 after earning 4 varsity letters on the gridiron.  Four of those letters came under the tutelage of former Syracuse and UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni.

Coach Lakatos coaching career:  Western CT - DB Coach 1988-1989.  Boston U. - OLB Coach 1990-1991.  Syracuse - DB Coach 1992-1993.  U. of New Haven - D Coordinator 1994.  Maine - DB Coach 1995.  Maine - DB Coach/Special Teams Coordinator 1996-1999.  Maine - Defensive Coordinator 2000.  Rutgers - Secondary Coach 2001-2003.  UConn - Secondary Coach 2004-2009.  UGA - Secondary Coach 2010-2012.  VA Tech - Secondary Consultant 2013-2014.  Monmouth - Secondary Coach 2014-2016

Dave LePoidevin, Jr.

  • Founder and President
  • Wide Receiver Coach
  • Defensive Backs Coach

Dave LePoidevin, Jr. has over 15 years of coaching experience at the high school level. For 10 years Dave served as the wide receiver and defensive backs coach at Immaculata High School where he coached several All-State and All Conference players such as Theo Riddick (Notre Dame/Detroit Lions), Tashawn Bower (LSU/Minnesota Vikings), Shayne Jones (Villanova), Frank DeNick (Bucknell), Mike Sena (Princeton), John Mack (Southern U.), Kyle Jordan (U. of Albany) among many others that competed at the DI, DIAA, DII and DIII levels.

Dave also spent 2 years as a NFL Prep Coach and 1 on 1 instructor where he worked with such players as:  Anthony Cioffi (Rutgers U./Oakland Raiders), Justin Burke (Kings College/Richmond Roughriders), Jared Allison (U. of New Hampshire/NFL Combine), Jonathan Patrick (Bloomsburg U./NFL Combine), Derek Beck (U. of Mass/CFL), Anthony Brown (Boston College), Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State U.), Anthony Marshall (Rutgers) among others.

Dave is presently serving as the offensive coordinator, quarterback and wide receiver coach at Bound Brook High School. In Dave's first year as WR's coach at Bound Brook one of his players became the states leading receiver and went on to 1st team All State honors.  Under Dave’s guidance as the OC at Bound Brook they have won back to back conference championships and have been to back to back state championship semifinal games for the first time in school history.

Dave was a 2x sport high school and collegiate student athlete participating in football and baseball. In high school Dave was honored as an All State, All Conference and All Area athlete including being named team captain in both sports. In college Dave earned Rookie of the Year honors (1988) while playing baseball at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Bob Lockhart

  • Quarterback Coach

1981 Graduate of Trenton State College where he was a three starter at Quarterback. Bob was named first team all-conference quarterback all three years and was named all East (ECAC) quarterback in his junior year. Bob began his coaching career at Don Bosco Prep HS as a Quarterback coach where he coached Division One Quarterback Rob Nutile. Coach Lockhart was a head football coach at Pen Argyl HS for 2 years, Warren Hills Regional HS for 13 years before moving on to Lafayette College for 4 years.

During his tenor at Warren Hills Bob was named the Star Ledger West Jersey Coach of the year 3 times and was a 2006 Inductee into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He presently is an assistant coach at North Hunterdon HS.

Jared Mazzetta

  • Director of Football Operations - LEP Football

Coach Mazzetta has more than 10 years coaching experience.  He has coached Offensive, Defense and Special Teams.

Jared is currently the Head Football Coach at North Hunterdon High School in Annadale, NJ.

Professional Accomplishments:  (2014-Present)

  • 2017 NJ Internet Radio Coach of the year
  • 2017 North 2 New Jersey Football Coaches Association Coach of the year
  • 2017 Lehigh valley Coach of the year
  • 2017 Delaware Valley Chapter National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame coach of the year.
  • 2017 North Jersey Section 2 Group 4 State Champions (Second in school history) (First as a Group 4 Classification)
  • 2017 Final NJ.com Rankings #11 (highest all time ranking at North Hunterdon)
  • Offensive coordinator North Hunterdon HS Annandale, NJ

                      (2011 – Present)

  • Holds every major offensive record at North Hunterdon including:
  • Single Season total yardage, total TD’s and highest scoring average.
  • Featured in a publication in X and O labs Football Study

(Program development – Multi sport athlete)

Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (2007-Present) North Hunterdon High School

  • Developed Multiple programs for High School and Youth Athletes

As a college student athlete Coach Mazzetta attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA.  (2000-2005)

Jared was Captain of the 2004 ACC Championship Team.  He was also:  All ACC Academic Team (2004), Four-time letter winner, Big East Co-Champions (2001), Bowl Game Participation:  2004 Bowl Championship Series Sugar Bowl, Walnut Bowl, 2002 Insight Bowl, 2001 Gator Bowl.

As a high school student athlete Coach Mazzetta was part of the 1998 and 1999 State Championship teams.  He was the Captain of the 1999 State Championship Team.  He was nominated as All-American TE as well as All-State TE

 

Jim Meert

  • Offensive Line Coach

Jim Meert has over 40 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels. For 17 years he served as the Head Football Coach at Hunterdon Central where he led The Red Devils to 2 state championships, and recognition by The Fox Sports Net as one of the nation's Best 50 Teams. Coach Meert has coached several first team All-State Players, and Tom Bill, the 1985 Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Coach Meert served for over 30 years at the nationally recognized Quarterback and Receiver Camp, and coached for nearly a decade at The Penn State Football Camp. Currently retired as a guidance counselor, Jim and his wife, Gizelle are enjoying life with their daughter, Jackie, their son-in-law Daniel, and their grandsons, Luke and Evan. He is presently serving as an assistant football coach at Bound Brook High School.

Zach Sobota

  • Running Backs Coach

A native of Pompton Plains, NJ, Sobota played collegiately at Wilkes University from 2006 through 2009 where he was a guard and center. He was part of a Colonel team that won the 2006 MAC championship and reached the Division III national playoffs.

Sobota started his coaching career in 2010 at East Stroudsburg University, where he obtained his Masters of Science in Sports Management. While working as a graduate assistant coach at ESU, Sobota worked with the offensive line, tight ends, and running backs for one of the top offensive programs in the nation. In 2011, ESU ranked 5th nationally in Division II in passing yards at 323.2 yards per game, as well as standing 27th in total offense with 430.6 yards each contest. In 2012, Sobota joined King's College as running backs coach, where he coached a unit that rushed for 1,249 yards on 263 Attempts, led by 2nd team All MAC Conference running back Kyle McGrath (960 Yards Rushing, 1,114 All-Purpose Yards, 9 Total TDs). From there, Sobota returned to his alma-mater, Wilkes University, for the 2013 season. Sobota led a group that rushed for 1,369 yards on 324 Attempts, led by the 5th leading rusher in the MAC Conference, Patrick Ingulli (858 Yards, 7 TDs) and 2nd team All MAC Conference Fullback Nick Dawson.

In 2014, Sobota joined the ranks of Division 1 FBS University at Buffalo as assistant offensive line coach. In 2014, Sobota was a part of an offense that had 4,820 total yards and averaged 32.3 points per game, led by All-Time UB passing leader QB Joe Licata (2,647 Yards Passing, 64.9% completion, 29 Passing TDs) and RB Anthone Taylor (282 Attempts, 1,403 Yards, 12 TDs). The offensive line had a combined over 100 starts, led by 2nd team All MAC Conference Tackle Jake Silas, and 3rd team All MAC Conference Guard Andre Davis. In 2015, The Buffalo offense continued it's success, totaling 4,637 total yards and averaged 26.7 points per game. Sobota also contributed to each special team for the 2015 season, which ranked in the top half of the MAC Conference. In the 2 years at University at Buffalo, Sobota had the privilege of coaching 9 players on the offensive side of the football that went on to play in the NFL or CFL. Throughout his college coaching career, Sobota has successfully recruited Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Sussex, and Union Counties in Northern and Central New Jersey.

In 2016, Sobota returned to Morris County and joined the Hanover Park High School football staff as an offensive assistant. Within the past 2 years, Sobota was part of an offense that averaged 29.9 points per game in 2016 and 23.6 points per game in 2017. Hanover Park reached the semi-finals of the NJSIAA North 2, Group 2 Sectional Playoffs in 2016, and the quarter-finals of the NJSIAA North 2, Group 2 Sectional Playoffs in 2017. On Coach Gerry Moore's staff, Sobota has coached multiple players on All Conference and All County teams, and has helped players through the recruiting process to achieve their goals in playing football at the collegiate level.

Throughout his career, Sobota has coached for some of the premier coaches in the coaching industry at all levels including Lance Leipold (Head Coach, University at Buffalo), Jeff Quinn (Offensive Line Coach, University of Notre Dame), Alex Wood (Former Head Coach, Florida A&M University), Matt Simon (Offensive Coordinator, University of Delaware), Denny Douds (Head Coach, East Stroudsburg University), Jeff Knarr (Head Coach, King's College), Frank Sheptock (Head Coach/Athletic Director, Berwick High School, Berwick, PA), and Gerry Moore (Head Coach, Hanover Park High School).