Jennifer Crusco
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Coach Howard Schuman Inducted into AHA Sports Hall of Fame

Demarest, NJ: Positivity, enthusiasm, and dedication are the hallmarks of Howard Schuman’s successful 51-year career as an athletic coach, and helped earn him induction into the Academy of the Holy Angels Sports Hall of Fame. Schuman was honored at the AHA Parents’ Athletic Association Beefsteak Dinner held November 4th.

“All of us at Holy Angels congratulate Coach Schuman and thank him for his years of dedicated service to our athletes,” said AHA President Melinda Hanlon.

AHA Athletic Director Patti Gorsuch stated, “Howard is absolutely one of the most dedicated and caring coaches that I have ever had the honor of knowing. I congratulate him on being inducted into the AHA Sports Hall of Fame.”

Schuman’s career has included work at the high school and college levels. In the past 51 years, he has led multiple athletes to over 70 championships. He has been Bergen County Coach of the Year five times, was named New Jersey and Northeast Coach of the Year in 2004, and was nominated for national-level Coach of the Year honors. In 2002, he was inducted into the New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame.

For the past decade, he has been coaching cross country and track at AHA, where he shares his motto: “Positive attitude is contagious; negative attitude is destructive.” The results speak for themselves. Since 2007, his students at Holy Angels have won 28 championships, including 10 league titles, 16 county titles, and two state titles.

While these statistics are impressive, this coach is about more than championships alone. Schuman is known for placing his students above all else, and supporting everyone from the seasoned athlete to the newcomer who wants to try a sport.

He is often heard telling students, “I can’t wait to coach you.”

Born in New York City, Schuman received his undergraduate degree in physical education and health from the City College of New York, and his master’s from the City University in New York. He also served in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant in the infantry. He and his wife, Frances Andolino, currently reside in Florham Park. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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