East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants have selected Mr. Michael Oliva of Pearl River High School (Pearl River, NY) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" presented by Chase for the week of September 28, 2015. Coach Oliva and the Pirates have had their best start since 2011, with a current undefeated record of 4-0.
In recognition of Coach Oliva'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 Pirates football program. Coach Oliva will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the San Francisco 49ers on October 11th 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 Oliva began his football coaching career at Bishop Maginn High School in 2001 before moving on to Iona Preparatory School (2003-2006) and Maritime College (2006-2008) where he coached both football and baseball. He then coached football at Clarkstown High School South from 2008-2011 before being hired as the head coach at Irvington High School, a position he held from 2011-2013. He's been the head coach at Pearl River High School since 2014 and is also the head coach of the baseball team. Coach Oliva would like to acknowledge his assistant coaches for all their hard work and dedication to the team as well: Brian Agosti, Steve Lonergan, Steve Leuthner, John Farley, Vince Ferreira, Mike Falcon, Mike Mordeci, Dillon D'Arrigo and Gene McMahon.
Coach Oliva played football, basketball and baseball at Iona Preparatory School and graduated in 1996. He went on to play football and baseball at the University at Albany, where he was named the 2001 UALBANY Male Athlete of the Year.
Coach Oliva and his wife Kristin live in Pearl River, NY with their 3 sons Christopher (4), Nicholas and Anthony (22 months).