Montclair State University 1999
2004 Kimber Conference Coach of the Year
School Wins Losses Post-Season
2002 Glen Ridge 5 10 DNQ
2003 Glen Ridge 16 3 njsiaa 1-1
2004 Glen Ridge 15 3 njsiaa 1-1 Kimber Conference Champions
2005 Glen Ridge 9 9 njsiaa 0-1
2006 Glen Ridge 10 10 njsiaa 1-1
2007 Glen Ridge 10 9 njsiaa 0-1
2008 Glen Ridge 9 8 njsiaa 1-1
2009 Glen Ridge 16 4 njsiaa 1-1 Waterman Conference Champions
2010 Glen Ridge 13 6 njsiaa 1-1 Waterman Conference Champions
2011 Glen Ridge 15 4 njsiaa 4-1 Essex County & Group I Champions
2012 Glen Ridge 16 6 njsiaa 4-1 Essex County Champions
2013 Glen Ridge 11 8 njsiaa 2-1
2014 Glen Ridge 11 9 njsiaa 3-1
Totals 156 89 (.64 Winning %)
Carl Houser, the first and only Head coach in the short history of Glen Ridge High School enters his fifth season as the head coach of the Ridgers. During his short tenure at the helm he has elevated the Ridgers from a beginner program to an elite status in the State of New Jersey.
"I always hoped that one day Glen Ridge High School would start a lacrosse program and that I would have the opportunity to be the head coach." Houser stated "I am extremely excited that the players have the chance to play lacrosse at Glen Ridge High School, an opportunity that I never had growing up. I feel fortunate to be associated with such a great academic institution and have the chance to build a lacrosse program that will one day be nationally recognized. I look forward to building a winning tradition and molding the character of the young men involved in this program"
Houser as the Head Coach at Glen Ridge
After taking the reigns of the Ridgers in 2001 as a junior varsity program Houser has guided the Ridgers to a 36-16 varsity record and back to back state tournament appearances, as well as a Kimber conference title in 2004. During the last two years the Ridgers have posted a 31-6 record and have only lost 4 regular season games while going undefeated at home during the 2004 season. During both the 2003 and 2004 season the Ridgers finished in the top 20 in the state of NJ.
For his efforts in 2004 Houser was named the Kimber Conference Coach-of-the-Year. In all, seven Ridgers earned All-State honors and junior attackman Alex Lopes was named Kimber Conference Player-of-the-Year. Along with Lopes senior midfielder Ted Epstein, junior long stick midfielder Shane Connell and sophomore goalie Jack Davis were named to the first team all "C" division. Senior midfielder Alex Gimber, senior midfielder Brian Sliwinski and freshman attackman Kyle Mulligan were named second team all "C" division. Senior attackman Ryan Mulligan was named honorable mention all "C" division as well.
Houser as an Assistant Coach
After concluding his playing career at Seton Hall Prep in 1991, Houser returned to his alma mater to coach the freshman team. After three seasons at the freshman level Houser took over the junior varsity team for one year before being elevated to a varsity assistant and defensive coordinator in 1997 under new head coach Rich Merklinger.
In 1997 Houser helped lead the Pirates to their best season in the history of the program finishing 20-5 and advancing to the state quarterfinals.
After the 2000 season, Houser returned to his hometown to begin building the program at Glen Ridge High School.
Houser the Player
Houser was a 3 year letter winner as an attackman at Seton Hall Prep where he was a 2 time all conference selection and a member of the Pirates inaugural varsity team in 1989. He helped lead the Pirates to back to back runner up finishes in the Prep B tournament and graduated as one of the Pirates top scorers in 1991.
A native of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Houser is a 1991 graduate of Seton Hall Prep. He and his wife, Danielle GRHS class of '91, reside in nearby Caldwell and are the parents of Jordyn Faith Houser born on February 5, 2004. He has one brother Marc Houser GRHS class of '95 and one sister Lyndsay Houser GRHS class of '97.