The words "state high jump champion" will forever be connected to Bob Marchetti. He also won the Mercer County and Central Jersey championships and helped the Spartans win team titles at those levels in track and field in 1988. Steinert, a deep and talented team with a strong group of high jumpers and long jumpers, went undefeated in dual meets.

Marchetti also won the high jump at the Bernards Invitational and was a member of victorious high jump teams at the Holmdel Relays and the East Coast Relays. He was all-county in indoor and outdoor track and field and made the all-state team that spring.

He says he was "average at track" before 1988. His high school coaches were happy to see continually improving results with Marchetti.

"You saw steady progress with Bob," said former SHS track coach Doug Martin. "He made nice progress from year to year. I remember writing the letter (of recommendation) to the colleges he applied to and I said if he keeps going the way he's going, he's going to hit 7 feet. The only person who took me seriously was the guy from New Mexico and he benefitted from it."

Marchetti won the 1993 Western Athletic Conference high jump title with a University of New Mexico school-record leap of 7-feet-3-inches.

Before his all-star career at New Mexico, Marchetti was a three-time NJCAA All-American and four-time regional high jump champion at Mercer County Community College.

Currently an assistant coach at Rider University, Marchetti has also coached at Columbia University, Murray State and MCCC as well as with athletes in the Shore Athletic Club of New Jersey. He has had success at all levels and has helped Rider athletes to set nine school records. He has had numerous coaching articles printed, including "Elbow Action in Sprinting Myth vs Reality" and has worked as a clinician at track and field events.