PMHS Football Coach Artie Viggiano is Week 1 winner of The New York Giants Lou Rettino HS Football Coach of the Week award presented by @Gatorade. The Giants Foundation and @Gatorade will be donating $2,000 to the PMHS football program.
The award follows the Pelicans’ thrilling 14-7 overtime victory on the road against Harrison last Friday, September 6.
Coach Viggiano will eceive a certificate of recognition signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur. Coach Viggiano’s honor will also be acknowledged with an in-stadium announcement when the Giants host Washington on September 29. All 2019 Coach of the Week honorees and the 2019 Coach of the Year will also be invited to attend a dinner hosted by the Giants at MetLife Stadium in the Spring, and will be invited with their teams to a Giants preseason game in 2020.
Coach Viggiano, an alumnus of PMHS and a former all-state football player, took over as head football coach in 2016.
“Coach Viggiano has done an amazing job with our football program since becoming the head coach in 2016,” said athletic director Stephen Luciana. “Our program continues to thrive as our numbers have increased every year since Coach Viggiano has taken over. A win over a team with such a rich football tradition is a big step for our program. The Pelham community is very proud of Coach Viggiano and the Pelham football program.”
The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week Award is part of the Giants’ continuing effort to support local youth football programs. The Giants elected to name the award in memory of former Union High School (NJ) coach, Lou Rettino, for his commitment to the game of football, his community and the betterment of his athletes’ lives.
Each week during the high school football season, the Giants 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.