ORADELL, N.J. — Identical twins Frank and Bob Muggeo, 54, are similar in more ways than one.
Aside from both being coaches at Bergen Catholic, they're both doing an exceptional job.
Frank, who is four minutes older than Bob, has gotten the Crusader freshman basketball team out to a hot 8-0 start this year after winning the county championship last year.
Bob led the varsity baseball team to a 24-7 record last year before losing to Don Bosco in the county finals, and state sectional semi-finals.
Coaching is simply part of the Muggeo way, Frank said.
"I think it is in our DNA in a way," Frank told Daily Voice. "Athletics are a central part of who we are and what we do."
The Cresskill natives played baseball and basketball together as kids, and both were ironically rejected from Bergen Catholic.
They attended college together at Seton Hall where Bob played baseball. He eventually began coaching and in 2007 opened Muggeo Softball and Baseball Training Center in Tenafly.
Frank began coaching basketball in 2006 after his son picked up the game. He is in his fourth year at Bergen Catholic. Bob came to Bergen Catholic last year, after 8 years at St. Joseph's in Montvale.
Now, both are now turning heads around campus.
"We’ve had a number of parents and kids doing double takes," Bob said. "Last week at a baseball meeting some freshmen parents showed up and they were amused at how closely we resemble each other."
The brothers said players who have played for both of them notice even greater similarities. Players have told them their mannerisms, voice and tendencies are the same.
But the Muggeo's disagree.
"Basketball is higher intensity and baseball is more tactical," Bob said. "So my style is a little more laid back."
What remains the same is their goal.
"We want to influence and inspire young people," Frank said.
"At the end of the day we are trying to turn these kids into successful young men," Bob added.
"We want to make them better baseball and basketball players, but we are also hoping to make them better men."
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