The New York Jets announced today that Matt McCloskey of Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Conn., has been named this week's recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award. For his efforts, McCloskey will receive $1,000 to benefit the school's football program and he will be presented with a certificate from the Jets.
The award, in its 13th year, is given to a coach in the tristate area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve, and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.
McCloskey is in his first season as head coach of the Falcons. He was previously the offensive coordinator for Jonathan Law High School from 2004-07. His offense was ranked second in scoring in the league, helping the team to the Southern Connecticut Conference Division II Championship in 2007.
The former Weston High School Trojan was selected as an all-conference player and all-state honorable mention as an inside linebacker during his senior season in 1994. McCloskey matriculated to Western New England College, from where he graduated with a degree in history. Last year he earned his M.A. from Fairfield University.
On Friday night, the Falcons upset the Norwalk Bears, 17-14, with a game-winning field goal as time expired. The Falcons are 1-0 in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) Central Division. Fairfield Ludlowe will face the Cadets of St. Joseph on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.