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Giants Name Union's Sheridan Coach of the Week for Week 5



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East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants have selected Mr. Brian Sheridan of Union High School (Union, NJ) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" for the week of October 15, 2007.  Coach Sheridan is a former player of Lou Rettino's and has returned to his alma mater as Head Football Coach.  Last week's 21-0 victory over Plainfield was his first win as a Head Coach, and the team's first on the season, improving to 1-4.


                In recognition of Coach Sheridan'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 Union High School football program.  Coach Sheridan will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the San Francisco 49ers on October 21st.  An announcement will also be posted on the Giants web site,  

                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 Sheridan is in his first season as Head Football Coach at Union High School, a place where he left quite a legacy as a football player.  An all-state linebacker and running back at Union High School, Sheridan was a member of the 1991 and 1992 #1 ranked state championship under the guidance of Coach Rettino. He was a two time first team All-State selection, the 1992 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year, and a 1992 Heisman All-Star. 

Coach Sheridan went on to play at football Rutgers University, where he was a 1997 All Big East selection, and set the single season record for tackles in a season (161), unassisted tackles in a season (109) and ranks 3rd all time in career tackles (389).

Prior to Union, Sheridan began his coaching career at East Side High School in Newark, NJ, where from 1998-2002 he served as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.  In 2003, he became the special teams coordinator and inside linebackers coach at Widener University, where he remained until taking the head coaching job at Union.

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