East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants and Gatorade have selected Mr. Mark Murray of Mount Vernon High School (Mount Vernon, NY) as the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week 10 of the 2020 season. Coach Murray, a Mount Vernon native, is in his first year as head coach and has been a leader for the Knights while their season is on pause. Murray has made it a priority to develop his players into the complete student-athlete by using the game of football to create meaningful relationships.
The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week Award is part of the Giants' continuing effort to support local youth football programs. 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 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.
In recognition of Coach Murray's selection as Coach of the Week, a $2,000 check will be granted to the school's football program from The Giants Foundation and Gatorade. He will also receive a certificate of recognition signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants head coach Joe Judge.
While the Knights season was put on pause due to the pandemic, Coach Murray has been able to keep his team united through virtual meetings that have focused both on football and life outside of the game. Murray has fully embraced his Mount Vernon roots and has worked closely with teachers, parents and members of community to develop this program. Most recently, the Knights have been meeting regularly with a group of New York Giants players and coaches through the Giants Steps Through Athletics Fellowship program. This program was created by the New York Giants and My Sister's Place and focuses on healthy relationships, leadership and cultural development. This partnership has allowed these student-athletes to learn about the game of football from Giants players and coaches, while providing them with mentors who want to help these student-athletes succeed in life. As a former player of the Knights, Murray understands the importance of having a support system as a student-athlete. Murray is an undeniable advocate for his team and strives to put them in the best position possible to succeed. While the game of football is on pause, he has dedicated this season to focusing on building character, relationships and confidence to help lay the foundation for a successful future.
On notification of his honor, Coach Murray commented "It's an amazing honor to be named the New York Giants High School Football Coach of the Week in my first year as Head Coach for the Mount Vernon High School Knights. I am extremely grateful to the New York Giants organization for supporting me in my first year through their Team of Teams program."