Coaches came out from behind the sidelines on Friday night as their volunteer efforts were applauded at Third Annual Coaches Dinner.
The event, sponsored by the Recreation Foundation and catered by RBR's Culinary Club, was designed to "show some love" to the volunteer coaches and assistants for the borough's recreation sports programs, according to Little Silver Recreation Director Doug Glassmacher.
The evening also included special recognition of two retiring volunteers for their many years of service to the children of the borough.
Terry Flynn, who initiated the Little Silver's kindergarten soccer clinic in the mid-Seventies and introduced about 3,000 children to the game, said he had seen former players come back to the program as coaches and former coaches come back as players' grandparents.
"You taught them to enjoy their childhood," Flynn said to the room full of coaches, "and you taught them to become adults."
Mike Monaghan, who retires after six years as the coordinator of the rec soccer program and many years coaching baseball and soccer, joked that he was "tricked and not picked" to be the coordinator.
"Probably the best thing I did for the league was pick a good successor," he laughed about his replacement, and Doppelganger, A.J. McNally.