The New York Jets have announced that Pat Tirico of Lodi (NJ) High School has been named this week's recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award. For his efforts, he 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 18th 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.
Tirico is in his 31st season as head coach at Lodi. Under his tenure, the Rams have won state group sectional championships in 1992, 1998 and 2005. Tirico is also an alumnus of Lodi, where he was an all-league first-team and all-county second-team selection at linebacker. He went on to play linebacker at the University of Connecticut. In addition to his football head-coaching duties, Tirico is the athletic supervisor and head coach of Lodi's track team. On Saturday, Lodi defeated the New Milford Knights, 28-17, to improve to 8-0. The Rams' next opponent will be the Bogota Buccaneers on Saturday, Nov. 9.