The Giants have selected Mr. Mike O’Donnell of Archbishop Stepinac High School (White Plains, NY) as “The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week”
The New York Giants have selected Mr. Mike O’Donnell of Archbishop Stepinac High School (White Plains, NY) as “The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week” presented by BP for the week of November 14, 2011. The Crusaders will be playing St. Anthony’s this weekend in the CHSFL AAA Championships after defeating Xaverian in the semi-finals.
In recognition of Coach O’Donnell’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 Crusaders football program. Coach O’Donnell will be acknowledged by a stadium announcement when the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles on November 20th and 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 presented by BP, 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.
The Coach of the Week program is supported by BP, a proud sponsor of the Giants. This year, BP is continuing its support of local youth football leagues, coaches and parents in the New York metropolitan area. In addition, BP is also making equipment donations to leagues in need and providing an opportunity for youth players to participate in a unique practice at a Giants facility.
Each week during the 2011 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 2011 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 and BP.
Coach O’Donnell has been coaching at Archbishop Stepinac High School for 31 years total - 24 of those years as the Head Coach. His career record is 140-122. His teams have won the CHSFL Division Championships in 1993, 1995, 1997, 2009 & 2010 and CHSFL AA Championships in 1995, 1997 & 2010. Last year the Crusaders finished 12-0 and had the first undefeated season in the school’s history. Coach O’Donnell was named the Daily News Suburban Coach of the Year in 1993, 1995, 1997 & 2010 and received Honorable Mention in 2009. He was the Daily News Coach of the Year finalist in 2010, the Lohud.com Coach of the Year in 2010 and received the Cardinal O’Connor Service Award in 1999. He is in the Stepinac Hall of Fame, is on the CHSFL Board of Governors, the CHSFL Executive Committee where he serves as Vice President and was admitted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition, he was named the New York Jets Coach of the Week in 2007 and is a Con Edison Scholar Athlete Award Committee Member. Coach O’Donnell served as the Grand Marshall in the White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade and is on the committee. He won the Archbishop Stepinac Board of Trustees award in 2010. He coached basketball at Archbishop Stepinac for 10 years as well.
Coach O’Donnell is currently the Archbishop Stepinac Athletic Director and lives in White Plains, NY with his wife of 23 years, Carla. They have 3 children, Margaret who is 22, Conor who is 20 and Liam who is 15. Coach O’Donnell was lucky enough to see some of his former athletes make it in the professional ranks: Eric Ogbogu (Jets, Cowboys), Brian Sweeney (Mariners, Padres, Devil Rays) and Marty Conlon (Boston, Miami).