East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants and Gatorade have selected Mr. Kevin Callahan of Ridgefield High School (Ridgefield, CT) as the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week 3 of the 2019 season. Callahan's Tigers defeated New Canaan 17-14 on Friday with a field goal as time expired, for their first victory over the Rams in four tries dating back to 2006.
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 Callahan'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 Washington on September 29th. 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 Callahan is in his 20th year as the head coach of the Ridgefield Tigers. During his tenure the Tigers have been to two CIAC State Championship games, winning the Class L Championship in 2002 and finishing as the Class LL Runners-Up in 2016. Kevin has been recognized as a coach of the year twice by the National Football Foundation, was named the Danbury News Times Coach of the Year three times, and was the Hearst Media Coach of the Year in 2016. Kevin began his head coaching career at Bullard Havens Tech in New Haven in 1991, then enjoyed a seven-year coaching run at his alma mater, Notre Dame of Fairfield, where he has also been inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.
"Kevin is a great head football coach who takes pride in his program," commented Dane Street, the Ridgefield Athletics Director. "In my four years working with him I have seen him go above and beyond for kids on a regular basis. He treats his fellow coaches and players like family members and that translates into success on the field. He truly embraces the district mission and uses football as an avenue to help kids develop the RHS Core Values of Collaboration, Innovation, Mindfulness, Communication, Knowledge and Resilience. I'm pleased that the Giants organization has selected him for this recognition."
On notification of this honor, Coach Callahan commented "I would like to thank the Giants organization for the recognition. I'm proud to represent our league, the state of CT and most importantly our football program at Ridgefield. I'm honored to work with a great group of coaches and players who all share in this recognition."