East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants and Gatorade have selected Mr. Rich Tuero of Lyndhurst High School (Lyndhurst, NJ) as the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week 4 of the 2019 season. Tuero's Lyndhurst Golden Bears are 3-0 this season after a dramatic victory on Friday, where they came back from a 13-0 deficit with 4 minutes remaining in the game. Lyndhurst went for the two-point conversion after their final score to win 21-20.
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 Tuero'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 Pat Shurmur, and will be acknowledged with an in-stadium announcement when the Giants host Dallas November 4th. All 2019 Coach of the Week honorees and the 2019 Coach of the Year will also be invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Giants at MetLife Stadium in the Spring, and will be invited with their teams to a Giants preseason game in 2020.
Coach Tuero is in his 6th year as the head coach at his alma mater, Lyndhurst High School. During his tenure, Coach Tuero has guided the Golden Bears to four state playoff appearances. The Golden Bears continue to improve year in and year out and have become one of the more respected programs in the NJIC. In 2018, the Golden Bears returned to the state championship game for the first time since 1983.
Coach Tuero was named the NJIC Liberty Coach of the Year and the NorthJerseySports.com Coach of the year in 2018. The Lyndhurst Golden Bear community was honored by NorthJerseySports.com as "Fans of the Year" in 2018.
"Rich is a great coach who takes pride in his program and community," commented Jeff Radigan, the Lyndhurst Supervisor of Athletics. "In my six years working with him, I have seen him go above and beyond for the kids on a regular basis. He preaches family and teaches life lessons to our student athletes. He uses football as an avenue to help kids develop the core values that is needed in life."
On notification of this honor, Coach Tuero commented "I would like to thank the Giants organization for the recognition. I'm honored to work with a great group of coaches and players who all share in this recognition."