Pascack Valley High School's Official News Site: Where there's smoke, there's fire.

The Smoke Signal

Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

After a year away, Craig Nielsen will be back on the sideline as an assistant coach

Craig+Nielsen+talks+to+his+players+during+his+time+as+head+coach.+He+is+returning+as+an+assistant+coach+for+the+upcoming+season+following+his+retirement+a+year+ago.
Craig Nielsen talks to his players during his time as head coach. He is returning as an assistant coach for the upcoming season following his retirement a year ago.

Craig Nielsen talks to his players during his time as head coach. He is returning as an assistant coach for the upcoming season following his retirement a year ago.

Craig Nielsen talks to his players during his time as head coach. He is returning as an assistant coach for the upcoming season following his retirement a year ago.

Jake Aferiat, Sports Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






When Craig Nielsen announced his retirement last season, it sent shockwaves through the Pascack Valley football program.

Now, a little more than a year later, Nielsen is again the talk of Pascack Valley football.

After spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Clifton, Nielsen was approved as an assistant coach at PV for the upcoming football season at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting.

Former offensive coordinator Len Cusumano was named Nielsen’s successor and guided the Indians to a 4-6 record.

Cusumano and athletic director Tom Gattoni were both unable to comment when asked, as the move was not yet official.

Nielsen’s return as an assistant comes on the heels of the resignations of assistants James “Antony” Muir (quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator), Jim Cleary (assistant defensive coordinator) and Bill VanKersen (line coach/special teams coach), and it remains a possibility that he fills one of these roles.

The resignations of Muir, Cleary and VanKersen all occurred at Board of Education meetings over the last two months.

Nielsen previously spent 15 seasons as the head coach at PV (2001-15), compiling a 119-46 record and winning two consecutive North Jersey Section 1 Group 3 titles in 2013 and 2014, with PV’s last title before that coming in 1990.

Print Friendly

Leave a Comment

Both first and last name must be included in order for your comment to be approved.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    Sports

    Junior tosses no-hitter, first of his career

  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    Sports

    Athlete of the Week: Jordan Issackedes

  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    PV Life

    A filmmaker in the making

  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    News

    ValleyChat: Decoding the college application process

  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    PV Life

    Au revoir France, hello America!

  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    News

    PVRHSD students and staff to keep laptops over the summer

  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    PV Life

    PV students and staff travel the world for spring break

  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    PV Life

    A special award for a special señor

  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    Sports

    Spring Sports Preview: Baseball

  • Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season

    Sports

    Spring Sports Preview: Boys Tennis

Pascack Valley High School's Official News Site: Where there's smoke, there's fire.
Longtime head coach returns as assistant for upcoming season