Education & Community Service
Anthony is a business and technology teacher in the Newark Public School system. After Weequahic, he graduated from Essex County College and Kean University. He has taught at Weequahic, Malcolm X. Shabazz and West Side high schools.
Before becoming a teacher, Anthony served as a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the United States Navy aboard the USS Independence CV-62 aircraft carrier. After leaving the Navy, Anthony became a Senior Programmer Analyst at American International Group Insurance (AIG) Company. While working at AIG, he volunteered to coach football in Newark Pop Warner Baseball league and the Southward Golden Bears – this was the beginning of his coaching career and the end of his’ wanting to play again’ career.
During a span of close to 35 years, he has coached grammar school and high school youth from both Newark and Hillside, serving as a Head Football Coach, Basketball Coach, Softball Coach, Commissioner, Organization President and a Duty Commissioner for the Newark Pop Warner Football league and Cheer program. Coaching led Anthony to becoming involved in a host of community activities. He has served as President of the Weequahic High school PTA and he’s been recognized by the State of New Jersey, County of Essex, and the City of Newark for his leadership and activism. He was also named Coach of the Year twice in Newark’s Pop Warner League.
In 2006, as Assistant Football Coach, he was an integral part of the Weequahic Indians first State title win. That same year, as Assistant Basketball Coach, he helped lead the Girls team to a berth in the Essex County and State Basketball tournaments.
Anthony was also instrumental in the Girls team getting to the Super Essex County (SEC) Girls Basketball tournament. As Head Softball Coach for Weequahic from 2006 to 2016, his players made the all-SEC Independence Division First team four times, the All-SEC Independence Division Second team 7 times, and the All-SEC Independence Division Honorable Mention team 4 times. From 2017 to date, his players made the All-SEC Freedom Division First team 7 times, the All-SEC Freedom Division Second team 9 times and the All-SEC Freedom Division Honorable Mention team 5 times.
In 2018, Anthony was appointed to the City of Newark Planning Board and the Newark Environmental Commission by Newark Mayor Baraka and he was reappointed to both positions in 2022.
Anthony became the first Muslim Chaplain at Newark Beth Israel Hospital and he has always been very involved in civic issues. As a result of his work, he’s received numerous awards and has received several Resolutions from the State, the County, the City and other organizations for leadership and community service.
He has three children Quadriah, Tahirah, and Shaheed, a host of grandchildren and one great-grandchild who are the lights of his life.