The New York Giants have selected Mr. Todd Cayea of Carmel High School (Carmel, NY) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" for the week of September 17, 2012. The Rams shutout the Ramapo Gryphons 9-0 Friday night, giving them an undefeated start for the football season.
In recognition of Coach Cayea'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 will be granted to the Rams football program. Coach Cayea will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Cleveland Browns on October 7th 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 2012 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 2012 season, the Giants will choose a Coach of the Year. That coach will receive $2,000 for their school's football program. They will also be invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Giants.
Coach Cayea has been the Head Coach at Carmel High School (Carmel, NY) for the past 18 years, is a two time Head Coach of the Section One All Star Team and was the Head Coach at Rye Neck High School (Rye, NY) for a year. His overall record is 108-57-2. He has been named Coach of the Year 7 times in the Section One League AA-North and was the Journal News Coach of the Year in 1998. Coach Cayea's team has been a Section One finalist 4 times and the State Semifinalists in 1998. He is also the former President of the Section One Coaches Association.
Coach Cayea began a 7-on-7 passing tournament/lineman challenge 13 years ago that is now attended by over thirty regional varsity programs. In addition, he had a vision of uniting two community football programs into one and with a lot of support from the community, the two programs merged to form the Carmel Rams Youth Football and Cheer Program which serves over 400 student athletes. He also coaches Carmel youth baseball and basketball.
Coach Cayea was a three year starter as an Offensive Lineman at SUNY Brockport. He was named Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1989. Coach Cayea has a wife Debra, 4 sons, Devan (21), Justin (17), Peyton (11) and Trevor (8) and a daughter Breleigh (6).