East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants have selected Mr. John McKenna of DePaul Catholic High School (Wayne, NJ) as "The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week" for the week of September 30, 2013. The Spartan's, ranked number 6 in the state, shocked Don Bosco Prep, ranked number 4 in the state, with a 35-25 win this weekend.
In recognition of Coach McKenna'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 Spartans football program. Coach McKenna will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles on October 6th 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 2013 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 2013 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 McKenna has coached at DePaul Catholic High School for the last 18 years. He spent 10 years as the Defensive Coordinator and 8 years as the Head Coach. His record as Head Coach is 58-22 and has coached during 6 playoff appearances. Additionally, 48 of his players have obtained scholarships in football over the last 8 years.
Coach McKenna is a 1989 graduate of Paul VI High School where he was a 3 year letter winner in both football and wrestling. He went on to graduate from William Paterson University in 1994. While in college, he was a 4 year letter winner in football and was an All-Conference Tight End.