EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants have selected Mr. Rick Mantz of South Brunswick High School (Monmouth Junction, NJ) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" for the week of October 29, 2007. South Brunswick (5-3) won their fifth straight game and advanced to the playoffs with a 20-7 victory over Woodbridge.
In recognition of Coach Mantz'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 South Brunswick High School football program. Coach Mantz will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys on November 11th. 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 Mantz is in his first year as Head Football Coach at South Brunswick High School, after previously serving as head coach for 12 years at Hillsborough High School. While at Hillsborough, he compiled an 81-39 career record, won the 2000 state championship and was named the 2000 NJ State Coach of the Year. Mantz coached three players who are now in the National Football League, including Giants center Shaun O'Hara.
A 1985 graduate of Rutgers University, Mantz also received his Masters degree in Social Studies Education from Rutgers. At South Brunswick he currently serves as an Assistant to the Athletic Director, and aside from coaching football, he has also served as a football color analyst for the MSG Network, Sporting News Radio, Sirius Radio, and for Columbia University Football. A member of the New Jersey Football Coaches Association, American Football Coaches Association, Mantz also serves as a speaker/clinician for those organizations as well as Nike, Pop Warner, Glazier, and for Princeton University Football Clinics.