East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants and Gatorade have selected Mr. Victor Chiappa of the Yonkers Brave (Yonkers, NY) as the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week 2 of the 2020 season. Coach Victor Chiappa is in his 3rd season as head coach of the Yonkers Brave.
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 Chiappa'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 Chiappa's credits his coaching pedigree to the other successful head coaches he has learned from an assistant coach at places like New Rochelle, Nyack, Clarkstown South, Harrison, and John Jay Cross River, where he has won 4 sectional championships. The Yonkers Brave football program is made up of students from Saunders, Lincoln, Riverside and Palisade Prep and is supported by the Yonkers Fire Department. "The partnership with the Fire Department goes beyond support with Friday night dinners," said Coach Chiappa. "They provide the boys with support to excel in school and prepare for life. I can't thank Lou Vellucci and the Yonkers Fire Department enough for all they do for my players and program. If I ask Lou for something, he says 'no problem Coach.' I'm very grateful for the partnership that was created. It's another way for my players to see a positive role model in their life and their community."
James Rose, Yonkers Athletic Director, commented "Coach Chiappa is a goal-oriented coach with vision he created from his past experiences and a plan for his team to be successful"