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Coaches Profiles

Mike Ricci - Head Coach 

In February of 1986, Garnet Valley went out on a limb and hired 23-year-old English teacher Mike Ricci to take over its football program. Well, just 36 years later, it looks like they’re going to have to find his replacement--this July, Ricci announced that the 2021 football season and the 2021-2022 school year will be his last. During his 35 tenure as head coach (he coached at Widener in 1990), Ricci has turned the Jaguars into one of the best programs in the talent-rich state of Pennsylvania on an annual basis. .

Heading into the 2021 season, Ricci holds a 247-124-1 career record (which makes him one of only 5 head coaches in Delaware County history with at least 200 wins--Kevin Clancy, Steve Lennox, Phil Marion and Joe McNicholas are the others) with 16 postseason appearances, including nine straight berths at the state’s highest classification. In 2007, he led Garnet Valley to the PIAA Class AAA title game on the heels of its second consecutive District One championship. In 2016 and 2017, the Jags played for the 6A District 1 title, and in 2018 and 2019, they made it to the semi finals of the 6A District 1 tournament. (In 2020, the Central League opted out of the district playoffs.) Since joining the Central League in 2008, the Jaguars have gone 104-12 in league play, securing seven league championships. Winners of their last 25 Central League games heading into the 2021 season, they have won 3 consecutive CL titles. In 2006, with the program and facilities “finally and firmly in place” according to Ricci, GV football has been on a run that is nothing short of historic. In that time frame, they have compiled an overall record of 150-31, and are 126-18 during the regular season.

Under Ricci’s leadership, the Jaguars have set numerous records, including most wins in a season (13 in 2007), best records (13-2 in 2007, 12-1 in 2008), and most points in a season (483 for an average of 32.2 per game). His teams are a mainstay in state polls. He was named the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2016, Eastern PA Football’s Big School Coach of the Year in 2007, Delaware County Hall of Fame’s Coach of the Year for all sports in 2007, and the Pennsylvania Football Coaches' Association District 1 Coach of the Year in 2007; he also earned the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. In 2008, the National Football Foundation presented him with their "Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award." He was selected to coach in the Big 33 game in 2008 and the Pennsylvania East West game in 2016. In 2019, he was inducted into the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame (the ceremony, which has been delayed because of Covid, will be held on October 10th of this year).

Four of his assistant coaches have gone to be head coaches, while two of his former players are high school head coaches and another is a collegiate defensive coordinator. More than 100 of Ricci’s players have gone on to play collegiately. He is one of the most well-respected coaches in the state and his Jaguars teams have earned a reputation as disciplined, smart and aggressive teams.

Ricci operates under the belief that football is the least important thing that his team does. He aims to use the sport--and the pyramid of principles that he and his staff developed--as a way to help his players reach their full potential in school, athletics, social situations and at home. The players strive to be “selfless,” “hard working,” and to have “character,” and everything that they do is with an intent to develop “Oneness.” His biggest goal is that his players become good husbands, fathers, employees and community members. More than 100 players come out for the team every year. It’d be impossible for them to all play, yet they still want to be a part of Garnet Valley football, which speaks volumes to the unique and profound culture that Ricci and his staff have created and the impact it has on their players.

Ricci lives in the Garnet Valley district with his wife, Connie, as well as their children, Jonathan (University of Delaware class of 2022), Matthew (GV 2022), Theresa (GV 2023) and Natalie (2023). He can be reached at

Rich Boyd Jr. - Offensive Coordinator   

Rich Boyd has been part of the Garnet Valley coaching staff for the past 16 years and 2021 will mark his 11th as the leader of the vaunted GV offense. Under Boyd's direction, the Jags’ offense has been a hallmark for disciplined execution; in addition, several sections of the school record book have been completely rewritten.

From 2016 - 2020, the Jags offense has averaged 39.9 points per game and a whopping 376.6 yards of offense per game. Known for their physical, selfless style, and a relentless rushing attack, Boyd’s unique Jag offense has been a thorn in the side of District 1 teams for years.

Boyd was the Chester County Player of the Year and Valor Bowl MVP as a senior at West Chester East in 1998. A 2003 Delaware alumnus and a 2008 graduate of Immaculata, Boyd also has past coaching stops at West Chester East and Downingtown East before arriving at Garnet Valley. Entering his 19th year as a physical education teacher at GV, Boyd recently completed his CSCS and CPT(Certified Strength & Conditioning) certificate through NSCA. He most enjoys the relationships developed and the culture that’s been created within the program.

Boyd and his wife, Becca, have three children, Tessa, Leo & Rosalie.

Jeff Allison. - Defensive Coordinator 

Jeff Allison was tabbed as the Garnet Valley defensive coordinator in 2010. In 2016, his defense only yielded 20.2 points per game and played an enormous role in helping the Jaguars to the District One championship. His defenses are known for their fundamentally sound play, their tough, physical style and for finding a way to allow multiple players to have tremendous impact on the field.

Allison’s defense’s finest season at Garnet Valley came in 2013, when his unit only yielded 12.4 points per game as part of an 11-1 season, including one shutout and five games of less than 10 points allowed. In last year’s Covid-shortened season, Allison’s defense held opponents to just 9 points per game.

A 1989 Interboro graduate and a 1995 and 2005 alum of Widener University, Allison was a captain for the Bucs in his senior year and was a two-time captain as a defensive back for the Pride. He got his coaching career started at his alma mater, where he led the Bucs’ defensive backs and linebackers and helped guide Interboro to 125 wins in 13 seasons.

Allison takes great pride in watching players develop into leaders both on and off the field, especially when they return after graduation to visit the program. He enjoys seeing former players pass on the values of selflessness, character and work ethic, which he embraces as the pillars of the Garnet Valley football program.

Allison has worked at Interboro High for 24 years and serves as the school’s Dean of Students. He lives with his wife, Connie, and his children, Lindsay, Maggie and Brody.

Greg Mink - Slot Backs/Kickers / Technology

Greg Mink is in his 18th season on the coaching staff at his alma mater. He works with the kickers & slot backs, and oversees all of the technology components within the program. With the announcement of the retirement of his father, Don “Voice of the Valley” Mink, Greg has assumed a spot in our internet broadcast booth, alongside Pat Patterson, where he will provide color commentary. As a coach during the week and an announcer on game days, Mink should be able to provide a uniquely interesting perspective on Friday nights.

Mink graduated from Garnet Valley in 1988 and from Shippensburg University in 1992, where he excelled as a kicker. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Jaguars’ kicking game and a historical perspective of the program that the players love him to share. He also loves the program’s family atmosphere.

Senior Technology Engineer with IBC for 13+ years, Mink and his wife, Carrie (GV '89 Alum), have three children: Makenna (Penn State class of 2022), Cullen (Penn State class of 2025 & GV Football alum) and Merrin (GVHS class of 2025).

Lance Panarello - Defensive Backs 

Lance Panarello has been a mainstay on the Garnet Valley football coaching staff for more than two decades. He enters his 25thst season on the Jaguars’ staff, where he works with the team’s defensive backs unit.

A 1990 Garnet Valley alumnus, he won the Garnet Valley Football Coaches Award, his most proud achievement. He also serves as the BYC football safety coordinator and coaching coordinator, and he’s also coached for BYC since 2007. He earned the Marcus Hook Oldtimers community service award in 2014.

Panarello has a gift to relate lessons learned through football to the lessons that players will need to be successful in their lives. Players routinely come to him for advice and guidance. He operates Dental Health Care Associates, Delaware County’s first green office. He and his wife, Jaima, have two children, Roman (GVHS class of 2024) and Wyatt (GVHS class of 2026).

Julius Flynn - Defensive Backs   

Julius Flynn has coached at Garnet Valley for more than 15 years. A 1986 alumnus of the school, he has helped the Jaguars produce several top-flight defensive backs and lockdown pass defenses. His players are known for their footwork, their intelligent play--and for their ability to hang on to the 80 mile per hour bullets he throws!

Flynn has also coached at Brandywine High before returning to his alma mater. He was the first player in Cheyney history to earn first-team All-PSAC in all four seasons. A Cheyney Hall of Famer, he was the school’s Athlete of the Year and an All-American nominee in 1989. He also collected a host of East Coast Athletic Conference awards.

Flynn serves as an educator at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institute. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Dominque and Skylar.

John Paul Battiste - Strength & Conditioning / Running Backs    

For more than a decade (since 2007), Jon-Paul Battiste has been an invaluable member of the Garnet Valley football coaching staff. He is the brains behind the Jaguars’ brawn as he developed, monitored, evaluated and improved the current, widely acclaimed strength and conditioning program. This season 17 players earned membership into their “1,000 Pound Club” (attained by having 3 lifts--bench press/clean, squat and deadlift--total 1,000 or over), while another 7 reached our diamond dog status evaluated by bodyweight and advanced competitive lifting standards.

A 1994 graduate of West Chester East and a 2000 product of West Chester University, Battiste has carved out a reputation for himself as an exceptional S&C coach. One of the Philadelphia Eagles former strength coaches called Battiste’s a “phenomenal program,” and Garnet Valley is annually one of the strongest teams in the area. His favorite aspect of the program is the summer lifting, where he gets the most time to mold the players.

A man of few words, Battiste commands attention when he does speak. He was a 2014 Crossfit Regional Athlete. He has been a special education teacher for the past 20 years. Coach Battiste and his wife Caitlin have two son's, Ashton and Finnegan.

Marc Panepinto - Safeties & JV Head Coach

Marc Panepinto has been a mainstay on the Jaguars’ coaching staff for over a decade. In his 12th year on the staff, he works with the Garnet Valley safeties and is also the JV head coach.

A 2003 Boyertown alum, Panepinto was the PAC-10 Player of the Year and a two-time All-Berks County selection. He was an Outstanding Scholar-Athlete at Moravian College, where he graduated in 2007, and served as a co-captain at both schools. He coached for a year at his alma mater as the running backs coach before joining the Jaguars’ staff.

A social studies teacher at Garnet Valley for the past nine years, Panepinto cites the brotherhood amongst the players as his favorite part of Garnet Valley football. He lives with his wife, Krystle, and daughter, Elodie (born in the spring of 2021).

Dave Wrezesniewski - Linebackers  

Dave Wrzesniewski has been on the Jaguars’ coaching staff for the past twelve seasons, where he’s worked extensively with the teams’ inside linebacker group for the past 6 seasons.

Wrzesniewski played inside linebacker/fullback at Strath Haven, where he graduated from in 1990. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, where he played two seasons before injuries halted his career. He also volunteered at the Brandywine Youth Club as a coach, board member and football committee member for twelve years.

Wrzesniewski takes full advantage of the opportunity to give everything he has to make Garnet Valley’s players successful on the field, but even more importantly, in life. He enjoys sharing his perspective, mentoring, developing leadership, and watching our young men grow and mature.

His day job is as the Manager of Regional Pharmacy Operations for Giant Food Stores in Southeastern PA, where he’s worked for since 1995, Wrzesniewski and his wife, Polly, have two children, Grace (PSU, 2022) and Will (GVHS, 2022).

Rick Stroup - Offensive Line   

This is Coach Stroup’s 5th season back at Garnet Valley after spending 6 seasons as Penncrest’s head coach. He previously served as an assistant coach at Garnet Valley from 2000-2010. During that span, Stroup’s role as the Jags defensive coordinator was integral to their multiple District Championships, Central League Championships and state title game run.

Stroup broke into coaching in 1978 at Kutztown University and never looked back. Since then he has been a head coach at Sun Valley, Oxford, and Penncrest High Schools, as well as an assistant coach at West Chester University, Cheyney University and Swarthmore College. Stroup graduated from Kutztown in 1977, and during his career was an all PSAC linebacker, and Cocaptain his senior year. A 1973 product of Lehighton High School, he garnered All Lehigh Valley League honors as a tight end and defensive end, and was inducted into into the Carbon County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. Stroup enjoys working with all of the young men and their families, as well as all of the coaches. Stroup currently works at GVHS as a paraprofessional in the school’s special education department, and also coaches the 8th grade girls middle school basketball team. Stroup and his wife Vanessa have 4 children: Jason, Jon, Kara and Kate. They also have 6 grandchildren Nora, Lucy, Milo, and Owen, children of Jason and his wife Amanda, and Adeline and Austen, children of Jon and his wife, Jenna.

Eric VanWyk - Freshmen Head Coach / Asst. QBs  

Former Garnet Valley standout quarterback Eric Van Wyk is in his tenth season as a coach at his alma mater, where he’s also helped coach the baseball team.

As a senior, Van Wyk quarterbacked the 2007 Jaguars to the state championship game against Thomas Jefferson. A 2008 alumnus of the school, he went on to pitch for four years at La Salle University and earn All-Big 5 team honors in 2010, as well as an Atlantic-10 Scholar Athlete award.

Van Wyk enjoyed the life lessons that he picked up through the program, as well as the beliefs of selflessness, character and hard work to go along with the positive impact that the coaches have had on his life. He is in his tenth year as a seventh grade social studies teacher at Garnet Valley. Coach Van Wyk and his wife, Hilary, are expecting their first child in September of 21!


Mike Frawley - Wide Recievers Coach  

Mike Frawley has been on the Garnet Valley football staff for six years. He works with the team’s wide receivers.

A 2006 Garnet Valley alumnus, Frawley earned first-team All-Delco and All-Central League honors as a senior. He was also tabbed the Chester County Two-Way Player of the Year, Hero Bowl MVP, Garnet Valley Scholar Athlete Award winner and Garnet Valley Scout Team Award winner. He played at the College of the Holy Cross, where he was a part of the 2009 Patriot League champions.

Frawley, who cites the players as his favorite part of Garnet Valley football, works at KPMG as a consultant. He lives with his wife, Casey, and son, Foster, who turned 2 this past July.


Jeff Hill - Defensive Line   

Jeffrey C. Hill joins the Garnet Valley coaching staff for his 6th year in 2021, after spending extensive time on the Glen Mills and Penncrest staffs.

Hill was the defensive line coach for the Battlin’ Bulls from 1983 to 1992, as well as 2002. He was the team’s special teams coordinator from 1992 to 1995, as well as 2010-2011, and its defensive coordinator from 2003-2008. At Penncrest, he handled the Lions’ defensive line in 2000 and 2001.

Hill also brings impeccable powerlifting credentials to the staff. He was the head powerlifting coach at Glen Mills from 1982 to 2003, where he helped turn the Battlin’ Bulls into a national powerlifting powerhouse that won an unprecedented 13 National Powerlifting Championships. He earned the USAPL Powerlifting National Coach of the Year award an incredible nine times.

A 1977 Dover High graduate and a 1981 Salisbury State College alumnus, Hill enjoys the opportunity to help young men become better young men. He has been a Program Development Coordinator at the Glen Mills Schools for the past 35 years.

Hill and his wife, Jane, have two sons, Ross and Luke, and a grandson, Roku, who is now 3 years old.

Craig Stephenson - Linebackers   

Craig D. Stephenson begins his eighth season on the Garnet Valley football coaching staff this season. 2011-2013 and 2017 to the present.

Stephenson brings plenty of coaching experience to the staff with 27 years at John Dickinson (Del.), including 17 as the head football coach and earning a spot in the school’s Hall of Fame. He also spent three years on the Sun Valley High staff, working with running backs and linebackers.

Stephenson was a first-team junior college All-American at Wesley Junior College, where he was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. A first-team All-Blue Hen Conference running back at John Dickinson High School (DE), he also matriculated at Duke University, where he was selected to play in the 1974 Blue and Gray Football Classic.

Stephenson proclaims to, above all else, enjoy the experience of Garnet Valley football, from the coaches, players, managers, school staff, students and parents. A proud Vietnam War veteran, Stephenson earned a Bachelor of Science from West Chester University in 1990. He and his wife, Susan, have a daughter, Leslie and her husband Marco.

Casey Simpkins - Defensive Line   

Casey Simpkins joins the Garnet Valley football staff following stints as a teacher and coach at Sun Valley and Strath Haven.

After three seasons coaching freshman football, Coach Simpkins spent the past four seasons developing the offensive and defensive lines at Sun Valley, along with serving as the program’s JV head coach.

Coach Simpkins is a 2009 graduate of Interboro High School, where he received all-league honors, the program’s scholar athlete award, and was a 2009 Hero Bowl participant. He is a 2013 graduate of West Chester University and 2019 graduate of Wilkes University, and has also coached baseball and softball at his previous stops.

In addition to coaching, Coach Simpkins will be joining the Garnet Valley teaching staff as a full-time English teacher at GVHS. He recently married and lives with his wife, Briana. Delaware County born-and-bred, he is beyond excited to be a member of the Garnet Valley community.

Brian Perlsweig - Tight Ends  

Perslweig started his coaching career with the Our Lady of Fatima CYO program, from 1998-2001. In 2002, he started teaching special education and helping with the football program at GVHS. Perslweig worked with the Jag football team through the 2010 season; following that season, he spent 4 years working with Coach Stroup at Penncrest High School. In 2016, he regained his senses and returned to coaching at GV. He spent a year with the freshman program and coached the middle school lightweight team from 2017 - 2019. He returned to coach at the high school level in 2020, when he assumed responsibility for the teams’ tight ends.

Perlsweig graduated from Cardinal O'Hara and West Chester University and says that he most enjoys watching the development of the players and the lifelong relationships that carry on well after they graduate from GV. This year, he is beginning his 20th year as a Special Education teacher at the high school. Perlsweig lives in GV with wife Deb, and their daughter, Abby (3rd grade/9 years old).

Dennis Becker - Wide Receivers   

Dennis Becker is in his 3rd year on the coaching staff at his alma mater (GVHS, class of 1993), where he works with the teams’ wide receivers and their long snappers.

Becker spent 18 years at Glen Mills Schools as a senior counselor and was the head coach of the varsity baseball team. Co-Owner of Becker Brothers Landscaping and Sales Director at Vivid Lawn, Becker is currently the head softball coach at Rustin High School. Becker and his wife, Kelly, also a ‘93 GVHS grad, have two children--Morgan, Lock Haven University class of 2025) and Just, Rustin HS class of 2024.

Jon Flynn - Quarterbacks   

Jonathan Flynn is entering his 2nd year as a part of the GVHS coaching staff, after previously coaching at Brandywine High School, in Wilmington, DE. A 1992 of Garnet Valley, Flynn played quarterback, safety and punter--and was the team’s Scholar/Athlete Award winner in 1991. In 1996, he graduated from Cheyney University, where he excelled both on and off of the field. A three-time captain, Flynn was the team’s QB and punter--and was also his class’s valedictorian. Flynn is also a mentor, Advisor to the Trauma Informed Education Coalition and a committee member for the Media Fellowship House.

Flynn loves the life lessons from Garnet Valley football both as a player and now as a coach, and is inspired by the hard work and dedication present at all levels of the program. Flynn is married to his wife, Jen.

Sean Snyder - Offensive Line   

A graduate in Garnet Valley’s class of 2018 and currently a senior at Temple University, Snyder returns to his alma mater to “share my experiences and give back to the team that gave so much to me.” While at GV, Snyder played running back and outside linebacker for a GV team that made back to back appearances in District 1’s 6A final. 2021 marks his first year with the program, after spending a couple of years working with Temple’s football program.

Patt Evans - Offensive Line   

Patt enters his 24th season as a volunteer assistant OL coach. He started his career at his alma mater, Strath Haven--while he was there they won 2 PA State Championships. He then came to Garnet Valley and was there for 10 years, where he went back to the Hershey with the team in 2007. He then moved to St Joe’s Prep with his eldest son, Jackson (Lehigh University Football 2020), where they won the state Championship three out of four years. After his tenure at St. Joe’s Prep he rejoined GV as an assistant with the 8th grade team, following his son Bear (class of 2022) through the program. Patt and his wife, Michelle, have resided in the Garnet Valley for 24 years; during that time, they have been active volunteers for the Jags within the lacrosse and football communities. Their daughter, Peyton is a product of the GVSD and is now in her sophomore year at Ursinus and a member of the cheer squad for their football team. In his time as a player, Patt was All Delco at 3 different positions for three years at Strath Haven before moving on to the University of Minnesota where he was All Big Ten and a captain of his team. He was a member of the practice squad for the Dallas Cowboys when they won the Super Bowl in 1993, but he doesn't like to tell his dad, Mike, who was the starting center for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1968-1973. The only member of the family who can handle such news is their loyal dog, Buckley.