FCF Camps: Welcome

Welcome to F.C.F. Sports Camps


Founded in the late 1980’s, the directors and coaches of Fundamentals Come First (F.C.F) camps believe that football is FUN. Our goal is to provide each camper with outstanding football instruction. The knowledgeable and experienced staff teaches the fundamentals essential to the success of any program or individual. Most importantly, our goal is to provide a positive learning environment for our campers.

Camp Directors

Former Director of the Wagner College and Cortland State College Football camps, Dr. John Andl holds a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and is currently the Principal of New Monmouth Elementary School in Middletown, NJ. He is the former Head Football Coach of Middletown High School South. During his tenure his record was 20-2, a winning percentage of 90%. In two years his teams won two Conference Championships, reached the State Finals twice, winning in 1989 with an 11-0 record. They were ranked number 1 in New Jersey and ranked 13th in the United States by USA Today. Dr. Andl was awarded Coach of the Year honors by the Asbury Park Press and New York Daily News. In 2006 Coach Andl was inducted into the Middletown South Hall of Fame with his 1989 team. In 2003, he led Howell Pop Warner’s Junior Pewee Blue squad to an Eastern Region Championship. Besides Middletown South, Dr. Andl has coached at Marlboro, Sayreville and Middletown North High Schools, and is currently the Quarterback’s coach at Colts Neck High School.

30 years a football coach and 14 years a Middle and High School Social Studies teacher, Dennis Cotter is known for turning around football programs. He has coached at the Youth League level in South Orange and Howell, NJ and at Columbia, Marlboro, Middletown South and Colts Neck High Schools. Three times he has taken 0-9 teams and produced winning seasons the following year. He served as Special Teams coach for Dr. Andl’s Middletown South teams. In 2006 Coach Cotter was inducted into the Middletown South Hall of Fame as part of the 1989 team. While with Farmingdale-Howell Pop Warner, he served first as Head Football Coach, a Board of Directors position in charge of football coach technical supervision and then as Vice President of Football from 1999 through 2003. He was a Head Coach from 1996 through 2005, winning three division championships and in that organization. He is also a NJFOA football official in the Shore Conference.

After an outstanding playing career, first as a running back at Middletown South, where he captained a division championship team in 1986, and then at James Madison University, Greg LaCava began his coaching career as a running backs coach at Middletown South, coaching future Penn State star Stephen Pitts and winning two state championships. After serving as Defensive Coordinator at Long Branch High School for three seasons, he obtained his first Head Coaching job at Allentown High School, where in 2000 he guided the Redbirds to their best record in 30 years as well as compiling the best winning percentage in school history. Following his success at Allentown, he served as Offensive Coordinator at Manchester Township High School, coaching future Rutgers standout Kevin Malast as the Hawks made their first playoff appearance in school history. He moved to Colts Neck High School in 2008 as Running Backs coach and helped the Cougars win their first division championship in school history. He became the Head Football Coach at Colts Neck in 2009. Coach LaCava led the 2012 Cougars to the best record – 9 wins - in school history and a state playoff semi-final appearance. He was named Coach of the Year by several media outlets. He bettered 2012 with a 10 win season in 2013 and Colts Neck’s first state playoff final.  In the off-season, Coach LaCava has been a counselor at Wagner College, Cortland College and Rowan University Football Camps.