EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The New York Giants have selected Mr. Dan Curcione of Wall High School (Wall, NJ) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" presented by Chase for the week of October 13, 2014. Coach Curcione and the Wall Crimson Knights upset the defending state champions, the Brick Township Green Dragons, 28-27 in double overtime this past weekend.
In recognition of Coach Curcione'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 Crimson Knights football program. Coach Curcione will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Indianapolis Colts on November 3rd 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 2014 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 2014 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.
In 2014 alone, 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 Curcione began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Lakewood High School in 2002 until moving on to Lacey High School in 2003. In 2006, he took an assistant coaching position at Toms River North High School before becoming the defensive coordinator in 2012. Coach Curcione moved on to Wall High School in 2013 as their defensive coordinator and then became the head coach in 2014, making this season his first as head coach.
Coach Curcione played varsity football at Brick Township Memorial High School from 1993-1996 as quarterback, linebacker and wide receiver. He went on to play linebacker at The University at Buffalo from 1996-1999 and was a four year letter winner.