Lato is Coach of the Week

Weston High head football coach Joe Lato was named as the Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week by the New York Giants.—Vivian Simons photo

Joe Lato, head coach of the Weston High School football team, was recently selected by the New York Giants as the Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week.

Each week during the 2012 high school football season, the Giants selects one area high school head coach as the Coach of the Week winner, based on the coach’s continuing commitment to promoting youth football and developing motivated student-athletes and his overall community involvement.

“I am honored to be recognized in this way, although like everything else about football, our success has been a culmination of constant team effort and commitment year after year,” said  Lato. “And by team, I don’t mean just the players on the field, but also our assistant coaches, parents, the high school staff and administrators, the youth program and its coaches, the cheerleading squad, our fans and countless volunteers. Our entire community should be patting ourselves on the back for building a Trojan football program that is getting noticed.”

As an honoree, Coach Lato received a certificate of recognition signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and a $1,000 check granted to the Trojan football program. He was also acknowledged by a stadium announcement during the Giants-Redskins game on October 21.

The program is named after 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.

Lato has been at Weston High School for seven years. Prior to coaching at Weston, he coached for ten years at Newtown High School and Masuk High School as an assistant coach. Under his leadership, the Weston Trojans have won a share of Patriot Division titles, winning it outright this year.

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