EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The New York Giants have selected Mr. Brian Walsh of Our Lady of Lourdes High School (Poughkeepsie, NY) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" presented by BP for the week of October 11, 2010. Coach Walsh celebrated his 200th victory this past weekend beating Nanuet in overtime, 19-13.
In recognition of Coach Walsh's success and commitment, he will receive a certificate of recognition signed by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin. A $1,000 check will be granted to the Warriors football program. Coach Walsh will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Detroit Lions on October 17th. An announcement will also be posted on the Giants web site, www.giants.com.
The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week 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 expanding its New York area football sponsorship beyond the stadium to support local youth football leagues, coaches and parents. In addition, BP is also making equipment donations to leagues in need and providing opportunities for youths to participate in unique Giants-related experiences including hospitality suite access at the New Meadowlands Stadium and practices at a Giants facility.
Each week during the 2010 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 2010 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 luncheon hosted by the Giants and BP.
Coach Walsh is in his 40th year of coaching football. He started as the Assistant Coach of Yorktown HS from 1971-1974 until he became the Offensive Coordinator for Western Connecticut State University from 1975-1976. He moved up to Head Coach of Henry County HS in McDonough, Georgia from 1977-1979, Head Coach of Brewster HS from 1979-2004, Head Coach of John Jay East Fishkill HS from 2005-2009 and then finally Head Coach of Our Lady of Lourdes HS in 2010. During his career, he has won three section one championships, two regional championships and was NYS finalists twice. In addition, he has won the following awards; Section One Coach of the Year, Gannett News Coach of the Year, Poughkeepsie Journal Coach of Year (twice) Danbury News-Times Coach of the Year and NY Jets Coach of the Week (2008). Coach Walsh is a 25 year member of the Penn State Football Camp staff and is a Life Member (over 35 years) of the American Football Coaches Association.
Coach Walsh attended the University of Connecticut and received his MS degree from Western Connecticut State University. He has been married for 38 years to his wife Barbara, is the proud father of Patrick, Erin and Matt and is the proud grandfather of Molly. After 34 years of teaching, Coach Walsh retired in 2006 and now helps provide child care for his granddaughter, Molly. He continues to pursue his love of coaching young men the great game of football. As a coach, he believes in providing a positive motivating environment that encourages the physical, mental, spiritual and social development of each player so they can reach their God given potential as a person. Coach Walsh also believes in coaching each player as if they were his own son.