Bishop Ahr’s Prodocismo Moves Up to JV Coaching Ranks

Long Time Ahr Frosh Coach Moves Up Following Amboy Tourney Championship a Year Ago

Rocky Prodoscimo (right) shown speaking to Ahr assistant coach, Tom Roarty at a tri-scrimmage with Immaculata and Bordentown on December 8, 2018, moves up to coaching BGA’s JV boys basketball team after guiding Ahr’s Freshmen Trojans to its first ever Perth Amboy/GMC Freshmen Tourney Championship in February 2018.

NORTH EDISON, NJ—It has been a long time coming for Bishop Ahr’s new JV coach, Rocky Prodocismo. Nevertheless, the wait has been worth it, and well deserved. Prodocismo, who has coached BGA’s Freshmen Boys Basketball program to nine Perth Amboy/GMC Freshmen Tourney Quarterfinal appearances since 2000, Six Final Fours, Three Finals Appearances, and one Frosh Tourney title, which came last year, was named BGA’s JV boys basketball coach prior to the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

Prodoscimo, who has been the one constant at Bishop Ahr despite the school having four different boys basketball coaches over the past four years, joined the staff nearly 25 years ago when Dennis O’Keefe was coaching at the school. Until this season, Prodoscimo had served as Bishop Ahr’s freshmen boys coach, and helped developed players such as Billy Rooney, Mike Williamson, Kevin Uszenski, Martese Street, Matt Fiorino, Matt Sheehy, D.J. Griffin, Justin Peoples, Manny Kroggmann, Rashad Kilgore, Roger Kilgore, Ryan Blakley, Kenny Virden, Alex Santiago, and many others.

Last season, Prodocismo, who last coached Ahr to the Perth Amboy/GMC Freshmen Tournament Championship in 2006, where the Freshmen Trojans lost to a J.P. Stevens team that featured Kenny Bland, Myles Reuben, Nick Pol, Tahir Swinton, and Herb Smith, reached the pinnacle of his coaching career when Ahr’s Freshmen team, led by the likes of Elijah Lane, Terrell Henderson, Danny Golaszeswski, and Bradley Young, defeated Monroe in the semifinals, and then Sayreville in the title game to claim the 2019 Amboy Frosh Tourney Championship.

In 2018-19, Bishop Ahr’s Freshmen finished the season with a record of 23-2 overall without a loss in Middlesex County. The team averaged 63 points per game during the season, and was led in scoring, assists, and steals by Golaszewski followed by Henderson while Lane was second on the team in assists and steals. Bishop Ahr earned the top seed in the Amboy Freshmen Tourney for the first time since 2005 when the Frosh Trojans were upset by J.P. Stevens in the Round of 16 that season. Prodocismo also guided Ahr’s Freshmen team to the 2000 Amboy Tourney Championship, where the squad lost to the host school, Perth Amboy.

Bishop Ahr’s JV program is also in good shape. BGA’s JV, which made three straight East Brunswick/GMC JV Tournament Final Four appearances in 2006, 2007, and 2008 including back to back finals appearances in 2007 and 2008, returned to the semifinals for the first time since that period last year before losing to eventual champion, Piscataway in the 2018 EB/GMC JV semis. The JV Chiefs have won the East Brunswick/GMC JV Championship in each of the past two seasons. Ahr’s JV opened the season with a 67-42 victory over South River, giving Prodocismo, his first JV win.