East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants and Gatorade have selected Mr. Ralph Cinque of Clifton High School (Clifton, NJ) as the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week 5 of the 2020 season. Coach Ralph Cinque has been with the Clifton Mustangs for six seasons and the team is coming off their best season in more than a decade. Cinque and the Mustangs have continued that success into the 2020 season with a 3-0 start and just defeated Eastside (Paterson, NJ) 17-6 at home on Friday night.
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 Cinque'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.
Coach Ralph Cinque (35-20-1) has built program in Clifton that competes at a high level every year with a powerful ground game and a stout defense. In his first five seasons with the Mustangs, Cinque led Clifton to five straight playoff berths. Prior to this streak, Clifton had only made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons from 1975-1977. Last season resulted in an 8-4 record with a share of the Super Football Conference's Liberty Blue Division title. They played in their first sectional final in over a decade, losing to Union 42-28. The Mustangs have had five straight 1,000- yard rushers. Cinque's ability to develop his players season after season has contributed to years of success and creates a promising future for the Mustangs.