BCC Soccer//photo courtesy of BCC

By: Christopher Molina: Sports Editor

With a new season of fall sports upon us, many new faces have arrived at Bergen, and not just the student athletes. This year BCC hired three new head coaches in three different sports: softball, women’s soccer and men’s basketball.

These new coaches will bring a different and a competitive style of their sport.

Women’s soccer was given Mike Vivino, who was hired in March. He comes to Bergen with years of experience in coaching soccer; much of that knowledge derives from the love of the game.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from William Paterson University, and a master’s in coaching including athletic administration, with a focus in sport psychology and leadership. He pursued his coaching career starting at his alma mater in Wayne Valley, where he was an assistant coach who has helped to win two Passaic county titles and lead JV boys to an undefeated season in his first year.

He also had a similar success in high schools such as Mountain Lakes and Park Ridge. After Mountain Lakes, Vivino got his first head coaching job in the college level, at Jersey City University. After that, he was later hired as the assistant coach at Park Ridge high school, there he lead the team to compete in the conference and state championships.

A lot of his success in coaching was learning to adapt to ever game changing environment.

“The game is constantly changing so coaches have to change. Getting stuck in your ways is an easy way for people to pass you by. We want our players to be technically sound while having a level of intelligence that goes with every decision they make. Every day is a new competition to be better,” said Vivino.

As many of the players have already experienced, “he’s a really good coach, he’ really tough on us but in a good way. He just really trying to push us in the right direction, so he’s definitely the coach that we needed this season,” said striker Erica Ford.

Christina Zaggia was named the new head coach in softball. Before coming to Bergen, Zaggia was the assistant coach at Dominican College for three years, where she learned important skills such as off-field tactics by having them to come together and bond.

Other key aspects are pitch calling, fielding and preseason workouts.  However, bringing the same success to BCC won’t be an easy task, considering that last year softball went without a season and majority of the players are new, which only adds more of a challenge. However, she is the kind of character that hates losing.

“I love the competitiveness, I love to win, I hate losing people that quickly so I do everything in my power to get the girls on the same page,” said Zaggia and the players feel the same way.

“She’s more active in getting us to be a team,” said first baseman Perry Brown.

Bergen Community College hires new head men’s basketball coach, Ozzie Osbourne, who is taking on his first head coaching job at a college. Donald “Ozzie” Osbourne was the head coach at Dwight Morrow high school.

During his reign, he helped the program in winning games but also aided the student athletes in earning high GPA’s. Just last year, twenty-two Maroon Raiders earned a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Osbourne, who was hired in July, plans to use the same method from Dwight Morrow at Bergen.

“It was amazing that out of the 35 kids we had on the team last year, 22 won honor roll; so we’re gonna do the same here at Bergen,” said Osbourne.