The New York Giants have selected Mr. Charles Johnson of Ridgewood High School (Ridgewood, NJ) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" for the week of September 10, 2012. The Maroons shutout the Kennedy Knights 27-0 at their season opener on Friday, September 7th.
In recognition of Coach Johnson'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 will be granted to the Maroons football program. Coach Johnson will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 16th 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 2012 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 2012 season, the Giants will choose a Coach of the Year. That coach will receive $2,000 for their school's football program. They will also be invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Giants.
Coach Johnson has been at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ since 1984. This year marks his 29th season with the Ridgewood Maroons Football team and he has compiled a 182-99-1 record. His teams have won three Group IV State Sectional Championships and eight Division Championships. His overall football record, which includes his years coaching at Bogota High School in Bogota, NJ, is 217-114-2.
Coach Johnson and his family grew up in Ridgewood and his children attended the Ridgewood school systems. He is currently a Wellness teacher at Ridgewood High School.