Glen Rock became known as a soccer town because of the hard work, leadership and success of Coach Bill Carbone. Teacher Bill Carbone also had a significant, positive impact on the highly-rated GRHS Science Program.
After playing soccer and baseball for Irvington High School, Bill attended Montclair State College where he eventually earned his Master’s Degree. He came to Glen Rock in 1965 and embarked on a 30 year career as a Biology teacher. He served as Science Department Chairman from 1982 through 1995 and was awarded the Glen Rock HSA’s Robert Ax Award in 1993.
Bill had an 18 year coaching career that included 11 years as the Boys’ Soccer Head Coach and seven years as the Girls’ Soccer Assistant Coach under Ed Troy. At various points he also coached Freshman and JV Boys’ Soccer, Boys’ JV Baseball and Boys’ JV Basketball.
Glen Rock Boys’ Soccer went 132-37-18 during Bill’s tenure (1966 through 1976) as Head Coach. The Panthers won the BPSL regular season title seven times and was 2nd in the NBIL three times in that era, winning four Group State Sectional Championships. Glen Rock was the runner-up in the Statewide Group 3 tournament in the 1968 season.
Bill was named All-Suburban Coach of the Year in 1968 and 1972 and Bergen County Coach of the Year in 1976 and he was the N.J. Interscholastic Coaches Association State Honor Award recipient in 1981. He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of both the Bergen County Soccer Coaches (1997) and the Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey.
Always one to put himself out there and lead, Bill was instrumental in the founding of the soccer associations in Glen Rock and Ridgewood and he has served in executive and trustee positions in various coaching, educational and civic leadership organizations.
Bill and his wife Elsa live in Ridgewood. They have two sons and three grandchildren.