The New York Giants have selected Mr. Ron Stover of Chester Academy (Chester, NY) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Year" presented by BP for the week of November 21, 2011. The Hambletonians qualified for the State Championships for the first time in school history after only having a varsity football team for 9 years.
In recognition of Coach Stover'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 $2,000 check will be granted to the Hambletonians football program. Coach Stover will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Green Bay Packers on December 4th and an announcement will also be posted on the Giants web site, www.giants.com.
The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Year Award presented by BP, 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.
The Coach of the Week program is supported by BP, a proud sponsor of the Giants. This year, BP is continuing its support of local youth football leagues, coaches and parents in the New York metropolitan area. In addition, BP is also making equipment donations to leagues in need and providing an opportunity for youth players to participate in a unique practice at a Giants facility.
Each week during the 2011 high school football season, the Giants selected 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. The Coach of the Week winners and the Coach of the Year winner will all be invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Giants and BP at the end of the season.
Coach Stover has coached football for 33 years total from the youth level to the high school level. He began coaching as an assistant at his alma mater, Irvington High School in 1979 before moving on to Kennedy High School in 1984 where he was an assistant and the defensive coordinator. From 1992-1998, Coach Stover moved on to be the Head Coach at Sleepy Hollow High School. In 2001, he started up the football program at Chester Academy, however the team was a JV program for the first two years. Finally, in 2003, the team became a Varsity program and Coach Stover became the Head Coach. The Hambletonians have appeared in all 9 Section IX Championships since the start of varsity play. They won the Section IX Championship 6 times in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Coach Stover was named the Section One Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year, Class "B" in 1998. He was also named the Times Herald Coach of the Year and the Section Nine Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year, Class "C/D" in 2003.
Coach Stover received his Bachelor of Arts in History from SUNY Fredonia in 1979 and his Masters in History from Western Connecticut in 1990. He has taught Social Studies for 32 years and is presently working at Tuxedo High School in Tuxedo, NY. Coach Stover has been married to his wife Isabelle for 26 years. They have 3 children, Ryan who is 24 and one of his assistants, Ashlyn who is 19 and Shawn who is 17 and Captain of the team! Join other diehard Giants Fans!
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