The New York Jets have announced that Jeff Michael of Pearl River High School in Pearl River, N.Y., has been named this week's recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award. For his efforts, Michael 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 15th 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 the community, the school and the student-athletes.
Michael is in his first season as the head coach of the Pirates. He has 14 years of coaching experience, mostly in the Catholic High School Football League at Spellman, Fordham Prep and Stepinac. Before beginning his coaching career, Michaefl played offensive tackle at Hamilton College while earning a degree in American studies. He is in his seventh yfear of teaching social studies in the school district, in addition to his coaching duties.
On Saturday, Pearl River defeated the Nanuet Golden Knights, 20-0, to earn their first victory in 13 years in the battle for the Little Brown Jug. This win improves the Pirates' record to 5-1 and secures a home playoff game. Their next contest will be their homecoming game against the Byram Hills Bobcats on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m.