East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants have selected Mr. Bill Ashton of Eastport-South Manor Senior High School (Manorville, NY) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" presented by Chase for the week of October 19, 2015. Coach Ashton and the Sharks are off to an undefeated 6-0 start this football season.
In recognition of Coach Ashton'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 Sharks football program. Coach Ashton will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys on October 25th 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 Ashton began his coaching career in 1988 at William Floyd High School. He spent a year at Riverhead High School and two years at Bellport High School before becoming the offensive coordinator at Shoreham-Wading River High School in 2000. After two years, he became the head coach, a position he held for seven years, with a record of 25-23. In 2010, Coach Ashton took the offensive coordinator position at Bay Shore High School until eventually moving on to Eastport-South Manor Senior High School in 2012, where he's been ever since. He took over the team as the head coach last year and helped the Sharks win their first playoff game in school history.
Coach Ashton played football at William Floyd High School from 1979-1982. He attended SUNY at Brockport from 1984-1988 and has taught in the William Floyd School District since 1988.