East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants have selected Mr. Andrew Howell of Rutherford High School (Rutherford, NJ) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" presented by Chase for the week of November 9, 2015. Coach Howell and the Bulldogs shutout the Lyndhurst Golden Bears 35-0 this past weekend, advancing to the top seed in the playoffs.
In recognition of Coach Howell'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 $1,000 check, to be matched by Chase, will be granted to the Bulldogs football program. Coach Howell will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the New England Patriots on November 15th and an announcement will also be posted on the Giants website, www.giants.com.
The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week Award 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.
Each week during the 2015 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 2015 season, the Giants will choose a Coach of the Year. That coach will receive $2,000, to be matched by Chase, for their school's football program. They will also be invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Giants and Chase.
Last year, Chase committed over $17 million in charitable donations in the tri-state area. Investing in the communities it serves is central to how Chase does business, and the firm is committed to supporting programs like youth football that provide young people with access to a positive extracurricular activity.
Coach Howell has coached at Rutherford High School since 2006, starting out as the defensive coordinator up until 2009. Since becoming the head coach, the Bulldogs have won 3 league championships (NJIC Colonial) in 2010, 2011 and 2015 and have had undefeated regular seasons in 2010 and 2015.
Coach Howell graduated from Blue Mountain High School (PA) in 2001, where he played football, baseball and wrestled. He went on to play football at William Paterson University from 2001-2005, where he earned 3-time All-NJAC honors as a safety.