MAHWAH, N.J.– It's taken over a decade for things to come full circle for former Mahwah High School hockey player -- and current coach -- Brad Segall.
Segall worked as a software engineer after being graduated from Fairfield University. But he had an itch to do something else.
“Part of the reason I wanted to switch to teaching is because I wanted to coach,” he told Daily Voice. “I’m really glad I got the opportunity to do it."
Segall, 37, has worked the past 11 years as a math and computer science teacher at his alma mater.
During that time, the Oakland resident coached girls volleyball and the New Jersey Bandits hockey club team and conducted clinics at the Ice House in Hackensack after getting involved with the Mahwah Hockey Association.
It wasn't until Kevin Sabella returned to coach at River Dell that Segall got to take the helm of the Thunderbirds hockey team last year.
“It means a little something more, at least to me, when you come back to your alma mater," he said.
Mahwah had one of its best seasons under Segall, going 16-9-3 and advancing to the final four of the NJSIAA Public B state tournament – the furthest the team has ever gone in postseason play – as the No. 6 seed.
Team chemistry was the key, Seagall said.
"They all really played for each other," he said. "That enabled them to take their game to the next level.”
Marty Kapoian tallied his 100th career point early in the season and had a team-leading 24 goals on the year.
“He’s going to be on Mahwah’s all-time scoring list,” Segall said of the senior captain.
Freshman Brody Selman notched 17 goals in his debut varsity season, the second-best total on the team.
Goaltender Ryan Selman compiled a 0.938 save percentage for the Thunderbirds, who compete in the Big North Liberty Division.