The 2017 Season will mark Bill Tracy's 9th year as the Head Football Coach at Ridge, and his 20th overall. During Coach Tracy's 8 seasons at Ridge, the program has won three conference championships: in 2009, 2012, and 2013; and has been state ranked in each of those three seasons. The Red Devils have qualified for the State Play Offs during the 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 Seasons; and have also competed for two Sectional State Championships, the North II Group IV Sectional in 2009, and won the North II Group V sectional in 2013. The 2013 team joined the 2003 and 1987 Red Devil squads as State Sectional Football Champions at Ridge High School.
The 2013 season was a historic one for the Ridge Football Program. In 2013, the Red Devils finished 12-0 which set a school record for most wins in a season, won the North II Group V NJ State Championship, won the Mid State 38 Watchung Division Championship for the 2nd straight year in a row, and finished the season ranked 10th in the State of New Jersey and #1 in Somerset County. For the program’s efforts, Head Coach Bill Tracy was named Coach of the Year for the State of New Jersey by The Star Ledger and MSG Varsity, as well as the Somerset County Coach of the Year by the Courier News.
Prior to Ridge, Bill coached at Livingston High School for 11 years. At Livingston in 2008, the Lancers went 9-3 and won the first state football championship in school history, defeating Hackensack 28-8 in the North I Group IV Final. For the program’s efforts, Bill won several Coach of the Year Awards: one for Essex County - as named by The Star Ledger; and another for North I Group IV - as named by the NJ Football Coaches Association. In 2003, Livingston went 10-1, and won the Iron Hills Conference Championship, the first since 1979, and finished this season ranked 15th in the state.
In 2014, Bill was inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and during the 2016 season Bill won his 100th game. Bill would like to share these honors with every player he ever coached, and every coach and athletic trainer he ever worked with.
Bill and his wife Sue live in Mountainside along with their 3 children: Will 17, Connor 13, and Caroline 6 1/2.