East Rutherford, NJ - The New York Giants have selected Mr. Anthony Lanzafama of Old Bridge High School (Old Bridge, NJ) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" for the week of September 16, 2013. The Knights opened the season with a 35-19 win against defending state champions, the Sayreville Bombers.
In recognition of Coach Lanzafama's success and commitment, he will receive a certificate of recognition signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin and a $1,000 check will be granted to the Knights football program. Coach Lanzafama will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles on October 6th and an announcement will also be posted on the Giants website, www.giants.com.
The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week Award is part of the Giants' continuing effort to promote youth football. The Giants elected to name the award in memory of former Union High School (NJ) coach, Lou Rettino, for his fine commitment to the game of football, his community and the betterment of his athletes' lives.
Each week during the 2013 high school football season, the Giants will select one area high school head coach as the Coach of the Week winner. The selection is based on the coach's continuing commitment towards promoting youth football, developing motivated student-athletes and his overall community involvement. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Giants will choose a Coach of the Year. That coach will receive $2,000 for their school's football program. They will also be invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Giants.
Coach Lanzafama began coaching at Old Bridge High School in 2001 as an assistant coach, making this his 13th season coaching football and 4th season as the Head Coach. As Head Coach, he holds a 16-16 record. Additionally, Coach Lanzafama was the Head Coach for the Boys Lacrosse Team from 2005-2009 at Old Bridge High School.
Coach Lanzafama is a graduate of Old Bridge High School, class of 1996. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Rutgers, where he graduated with the class of 2000. Coach Lanzafama currently teaches Social Studies at Old Bridge High School and has been at this position since 2002. He has been married to his wife Mary Jane for 8 years and has 3 sons: Joseph (6), Michael (4) and Christopher (1).