Pennington's varsity boys' soccer coach Chad Bridges has been named Coach of the Year by The Trentonian. Bridges' honor marks the second year in a row that the newspaper has recognized him, having named him one of two SportsPersons of the Year in 2016.
The Pennington boys' team entered the season as the number-one-ranked high school squad in the nation. Injuries, graduation, and the addition of several new players created a challenge for Bridges at the outset; however, he and assistant coach Billy Hawkey guided the team to a notably successful season.
The Red Raiders finished with a 14–4 record and won their third Mercer County Tournament title in a row. In addition to that record-setting achievement, that victory was the fourth MCT title in the last seven seasons for Pennington's boys' soccer program.