Legendary Brick football coach honored on 90th birthday

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BRICK TOWNSHIP — Over 200 former Brick Township High school football players, coaches and others came out to Windward Beach Park Saturday afternoon to celebrate legendary football coach Warren Wolf’s 90th birthday. Mr. Wolf retired as New Jersey’s career wins leader in football in 2010. Saturday’s event was organized by Shawn Scott, who played on a 1989 state championship team for Mr. Wolf; Donovan Brown, assistant football coach at Brick Township High School, and Len Zdanowicz, the school’s head football coach. “We wanted to do a 90th birthday party for coach,” Mr. Scott said Saturday. “So we got it out there to social media and everything, and we’re probably going to have about 250 people show up today to celebrate,”  The birthday celebration also featured a silent auction on trophies Mr. Wolf had won throughout his career, and game balls from milestone wins. All the proceeds from the auction go toward the Warren Wolf Scholarship Fund, Mr. Scott said. The proceeds from the food and drink tickets are going toward the current Brick Township High School football program. “He made you a better person first and foremost, and also a better football player,” Mr. Zdanowicz said of Mr. Wolf. “It’s just great memories that we all share, looking at some of the old footballs there — it brings back a lot of memories. It’s great.” Mr. Wolf, who turned 90 on Aug. 1, showed up in Brick Township-green t-shirt with “90 today and ready to play” in white letters across the chest. “I’m busting over with friends,” said Mr. Wolf, describing all the people in attendance. “[Coaching] football at Brick was the best thing to ever happen to me in my life.”

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