Former South Plainfield Boys Basketball Coach Jeff Lubreski Hired At Rahway

Jeff Lubreski
Jeff Lubreski

Jeff Lubreski, who led South Plainfield and Plainfield to state prominence as their boys basketball coach, will try to do the same at Rahway where he was approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday night to become the new head boys basketball coach.

Lubreski, who will teach English at the school, takes over from veteran coach Kevin Conroy, who resigned after last season.

Jeff Lubreski

Jeff Lubreski

Lubreski stepped down after the winter season at Plainfield, where he led the program to three state titles and two berths in the Tournament Champions final in seven years at the helm.

Rahway has been a perennial winning program. It has recorded four winning seasons over the last five — 21-7 in 2010-11, 23-4, 15-7, 3-16 and 13-8 last winter.

Lubreski, in 26 seasons as a head coach, has 383 victories.

“I’m optimistic,” said Lubreski, a North Plainfield resident and graduate of Bishop Ahr in Edison where he played ball. “The Athletic Director, the principal and superintendent are all on the same page.”

After his stint at Plainfield, Lubreski felt stagnant and felt a change was needed.

“Sometimes, changing things and going in a different direction can be beneficial and I’m hoping this is one of those times,” said Lubreski. “We don’t have a a freshman program and not a whole lot of experience, but I’m hoping to put some things into place here, so I’m excited about building the program up.”

At Plainfield, the 55-year-old Lubreski led the Cardinals to:

The Union County Tournament championship in 2011-12.

Four Sectional titles — two in North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3; two in North 2, Group 4.

Two Group 3 state titles.

Two appearances in the Tournament of Champions final.

After serving as an assistant to Bob Sutton at Immaculata for two seasons, Lubreski coached the boys varsity team at South Plainfield for 19 years before stepping down in 2005. Lubreski coached the Tigers to a record of 242-205, which included a mark of 100-43 his last six years there with two GMC Tournament crowns.

Lubreski remained a teacher at South Plainfield and did not coach for three years before he took over at Plainfield in 2008-09 and enjoyed tremendous success, racking up a record of 141-63.

Overall, he has a head coaching career of 383-268.

Lubreski has three sons. Sean will be a sophomore at NJIT and is a pitcher on the baseball team. Brett will be a freshman at NJIT this coming year and will join his brother on the pitching staff. Ryan played baseball at UMass, then finished up his final two seasons at East Stroudsburg where he set a school record for wins in a season by going 8-1. He also played minor league baseball and is an assistant girls basketball coach at North Plainfield High School.


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