Tom Brettell

Tom Brettell

Athletic Director, Robbinsville High School
15th year

What teacher had the biggest influence on you as a student & why?: Gary Orlowski, Hamilton West, He made it a point to get to know you and build a relationship with you.  He cared about more than just his math class. You were more than just his student. Very special guy.  

Favorite book: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

Hobbies: Golf, Attending sporting events

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite meal: Shrimp Fra Diavlo

Favorite musician or musical groups: Billy Joel

Favorite sports team: Philadelphia Sports 4 for 4; Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, Flyers, Villanova Basketball, Penn St. Football

Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption

Favorite TV show: Seinfeld

Three for dinner: John F. Kennedy because I would want to meet and talk with him to see what he was really like.  He was very influential and would like to see why and how he was able to be that way.  

Babe Ruth because I would want to hear the real stories behind what he did on and off the field.  

Albert Einstein because I would want to talk with someone who is that smart.  I might not have a clue what he is talking about but I would find it fascinating.

Proudest moment on the job: It was watching Coach Kinsella take our baseball team to the section championship last year. Was proud of the job that he did in his first year as head coach and how the players performed to get there.  

Fondest memory on the job: As AD, it was boys soccer senior night last year when CJ Inverso scored a hat trick against Nottingham.  Special Night.

As a coach at Rville, I have a 4 way tie when I was coaching baseball.  Winning sectional titles in 2008, 2010, and 2014. And winning the MCT in 2011.  All very special days for me and all for different reasons.  

What is your hidden talent: I can play the trumpet  

What inspires you: Watching greatness....  I love to watch when other people achieve great things.  

How do you make connections with students?: By talking with them and showing them you care

If you could pass on your wisdom regarding your job, what would you share: Be available....  Let people know that you are there and they can count on you.

Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by: Respect is earned!!

What makes a good day at school?: Watching kids having fun and getting better at something (in the classroom or on the field) at the same time.  Nothing better than watching students and athletes having fun and learning at the same time.

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