STAFF WRITER – Community News (Elmwood Park Edition)
Elmwood Park Memorial High School’s girls softball coach, Jillian Torrento, will be stepping up to the plate this fall in her new role as athletic director in the district.

Torrento, who has worked in the Elmwood Park School District for seven years, said that she’s looking forward to her new leadership position, and hopes to continue the athletic success of the past year.

“Working with the feeder programs is essential,” Torrento said.

She credits former Athletic Director Michael Oppido with setting the framework and creating a bridge from recreation sports to the high school level. Oppido left to go work in the Wood-Ridge School District.

“Mike did a fantastic job,” she said. “I want to continue that vision as best I can.”

Previously, Torrento worked as a fifth-grade language arts teacher at Gilbert Avenue, in addition to coaching girls softball. While she will no longer be coaching, Torrento hopes to work closely with the Elmwood Park community and coaches and continue to improve all student athletics.

Working as a coach for so many years, she said, has given her a good sense of their experiences and needs.

Torrento received her undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Montclair State University. She said that she was looking for an opportunity to apply her degree to her career through an administrative platform.

A high school and college athlete who played soccer and softball, Torrento said that when the opportunity for the athletic director position came up, she had to take it.

“I feel like I have such an enormous opportunity ahead of me,” Torrento said. “I’ve been a part of this district for years now. We’ve made enormous strides, making the educational experience better for these kids.”