EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants have selected Mr. Marcus Hughes of Cornwall Central High School (New Windsor, NY) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" for the week of November 5, 2007. Cornwall Central, under first year Head Coach Hughes, clinched the New York State Section 9 Class A Championship with a 34-0 victory over Wallkill Valley and finished the season with an impressive 10-0 record.
In recognition of Coach Hughes' success and commitment, he will receive a certificate of recognition signed by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Director of Football Operations Gene Washington, and the Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin. A $1,000 check will be granted to the Cornwall Central High School football program. Coach Hughes will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys on November 11th. An announcement will also be posted on the Giants web site, www.giants.com
The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week Award, started in 1996, 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 2007 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 2007 season, the Giants will choose a Coach of the Year. That coach will receive $2,000 for their school's football program.
Coach Hughes is in his first year as a head football coach, and has started his career with an impressive 10-0 record at Cornwall Central High School. A native of Fort Collins, CO, Hughes is a 1998 graduate of Fort Collins High School, where he played football and ran track. He went on to continue his football career at Mesa State College, a Division II program.
Before moving to New York, Coach Hughes coached football, basketball and track at various high schools in Colorado. A physical education teacher at Cornwall Central, Hughes and his wife, Erin, are the proud parents of daughters Trenity and Tessa.