Youth Staff

Brian R. Richson

8th Grade Head Coach

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Brian has significant experience with Summit Youth Football and the program’s “Even Gun” offense, having coached his son, Ryan (2015 varsity captain), during his youth football days.  Last year, Brian served as the offensive coordinator for the 8th grade team before assuming head coach responsibilities this season.  Brian’s playing experience includes four years as a quarterback at the Division III level.


Tim Freeman

7th Grade Head Coach

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Tim Freeman was a 3 year letterman and starting offensive lineman for Joe Paterno at Penn State University.  As a senior at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Va., Tim was named 1st Team All-State on both Offense and Defense.  Tim has coached football at the high school and youth levels through the years and is currently Summit Youth Football’s 7th grade Head Coach.  Tim is passionate about teaching football to both players and coaches in Northern New Jersey.  Tim is an active member of USA Football as a Player Safety Coach, Heads Up Tackling Instructor and Regional Development Clinic Coach and Football University’s National Championship Series Northern New Jersey teams.  Tim is responsible for implementing Safe Football programs across the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League, working with players and coaches on techniques designed to increase performance while making the game safer for our young players.


Matt DeFonzo, Sr.

6th Grade Coach

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Born in Orange, NJ, and raised in Union, NJ… Played football for Union High School under coach Lou Rettino, including an appearance in the Farmers’ 1978 state championship victory at Giants Stadium… Is in his sixteenth season as a coach for Summit Youth Football… Married to Mary Jo (SHS 1981) with three children, Matt, Jr., Nicole, and Alessandra… Works as a facilities technician for Verizon… Hobbies include restoring classic cars and watching baseball at Yankee Stadium… Resides in Summit…


Matt DeFonzo, Jr.

6th Grade Coach

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Born and raised in Summit, NJ… Played three seasons of Summit Youth Football before going on to play for Summit High School and Division III McDaniel College… Earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism in 2013… Is in his fifth season as a coach for Summit Youth Football… Works as an administrator for Major League Baseball’s Instant Replay…Volunteers for Summit’s HomeTowne Television and works as a public address announcer for Summit varsity basketball… Resides in Summit…