The New York Jets announced today that Jonathon Stack of Scotch Plains-Fanwood (N.J.) High School has been named this week's recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award. For his efforts, Stack 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 17th year, is given to coaches in the tristate area who serve 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.
Stack is in his first season as the head coach of the Raiders after serving 10 years as an assistant coach at the school. The Scotch Plains-Fanwood alumnus was part of the 1997 Watchung Conference championship football team. He played fullback and outside linebacker, earning all-county honorable mention during his senior campaign. Stack earned his undergraduate degree as a double major in high school secondary education and a masters in educational administration from Rutgers University. He is in his 11th year of teaching social studies at Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
On Saturday, the Raiders opened the season with a come-from-behind 20-13 victory over the Governor Livingston Highlanders. Their next game will be on the road Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m. when they face the Hillside Comets.