EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants have selected Mr. Steve Romano of Morristown-Beard School (Morristown, NJ) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" for the week of November 12, 2007. The Crimson pulled off a huge 35-14 upset over last year's state champions St. Mary High School (Rutherford, NJ) to advance to the Non Public Group 1 state championship.
In recognition of Coach Romano's 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 Morristown-Beard School football program. Coach Romano will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Minnesota Vikings on November 25th. 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 Romano is in his first year as Head Football Coach at Morristown-Beard School. Before joining the Crimson staff, he spent two years as Head Football Coach at St. Joseph of the Palisades in West New York, NJ. In only his second year as head coach, Romano led an 18 member St. Joseph's team to the state playoffs in 2006, where ironically, they lost to eventual state champion St. Mary. Prior to becoming a Head Coach, Romano worked as an assistant coach under the Giants' 2006 Coach of the Year, Mr. Chet Parlavecchio at both Clifton High School and Passaic Valley High School. His career head coaching record is 14-14.
Romano has three children; his two sons, Steven and James, are both assistant coaches on the Morristown-Beard staff, and his daughter, Dana, is a teacher at Passaic Valley High School. A 1977 graduate of Bloomfield High School, Romano now resides in Totowa.