East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants have selected Mr. Nick Lombardo of Lindenhurst High School (Lindenhurst, NY) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" presented by Chase for the week of November 16, 2015. Coach Lombardo and the Bulldogs received their first double digit victory in the team's 81 year history when they defeated the Connetquot T-Birds, 31-7.
In recognition of Coach Lombardo'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 Bulldogs football program. Coach Lombardo will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the New York Jets on December 6th 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 Lombardo was the special teams coordinator, quarterbacks coach and defensive backs coach at Lindenhurst High School between 1995 and 2008, until becoming the head coach in 2009. The Bulldogs are currently undefeated with a 10-0 record and are the Division 1 Suffolk County #1 seed, in addition to being ranked #1 on Long Island and #17 in the tri-state by MSG Varsity. In 2014, the Bulldogs were the Suffolk County Champions (the first team to win a Suffolk county championship in Lindenhurst since 1972), Big Four Champions and won the Sportsmanship Award voted on by football officials. Coach Lombardo was named the Suffolk County Division 1 Coach of the Year and has led his team to the Suffolk County finals for the second straight year.
Coach Lombardo is a 1985 graduate of Lindenhurst High School where he was an All-County football (QB & DB) and baseball (pitcher, first base & outfield) player. He received his degree in Business from the University of New Haven from 1985-1990 and was a quarterback and outside linebacker for the football team. He furthered his education at Dowling College, receiving his Master's degree in Secondary Education in 2000.
Coach Lombardo is currently the Business Education teacher at Lindenhurst High School, a position he's held since 1995. He and his wife Denise have been married for 21 years and have three children, Nick, Brett and Matthew.