Boys volleyball: Harrison head coach Landy wins No. 100 game after beating Garfield

 Coach of the Year Nick Landy of Harrison High School (Center holding ball) with his 2015 Blue Tide volleyball squad.



By— Greg Tartaglia, The Record Sports Department

Harrison’s 20th season of boys volleyball brought about its first 20-win campaign, and Nick Landy led the way.

The Record Boys Volleyball Coach of the Year took the Blue Tide from 3-20 in 2008 to a 28-3 mark this spring.

Its trophy haul included a third Hackensack Tournament title in four years, plus the West Jersey Volleyball League, Hudson County and North 2 sectional championships, all program firsts.

“He’s the man that pulled us through to [win] all those awards,” senior David Penaherrera said.

“We’ve really worked to build up this program, me and [assistant] coach [Anthony] Sabia, to what it is now, and it’s just amazing,” Landy said. “We really brought a fire to it, within our school, and people are really behind us.”

Of the 22 current programs in North Jersey, Harrison is the only one from a Group 1 school. Yet it was able to draw nearly as many fans to South Brunswick for the state semifinals as each of the Group 4 schools that qualified.

The attitude Landy fostered has been as significant as his eight-season record of 125-83.

“Everybody’s a family,” junior Piotr Namiotko said. “Coaches, players, everyone was there for us, from the end of last season all the way through this season.”