Red Bank Regional’s (RBR) Athletic Director Del Dal Pra was recently named the Jersey Shore Interscholastic Wrestling Association’s 2018 Man of the Year. He was honored at a dinner held on April 16. According to the Association, this award is given to the individual whose contributions were instrumental to the widespread success of wrestling in the Shore area and throughout the state of New Jersey.
Dal Pra was credited with restructuring and revitalizing the Shore Conference Individual Tournament. He also held the new tournament, a two- day competition at RBR, and ran the District 18 tournament.
Dal Pra became RBR’s athletic director in 2008 after a winning baseball coaching career at Ocean Township. He set certain goals for RBR and accomplished many in the past decade, including establishing a new athletic facility for athlete and student training; bringing lights and, consequently, night games to the stadium field; re-invigorating a pep band and improving school spirit and enthusiasm for the school’s athletics. Last year, he launched the inaugural year of the RBR Athletic Hall of Fame. He also secured a grant to make RBR a Special Olympics Unified School.
RBR Principal Risa Clay says, “Del is one of the most committed individuals I have had the pleasure to work with. He is passionate about student involvement and is a true champion of the RBR community.”
Dal Pra lives in Red Bank with his wife and three sons.