The New York Jets announced today that Tore Barbaccia of St. Dominic's High School in Oyster Bay, N.Y., has been named this week's recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award. For his efforts, Barbaccia will receive $1,000 to benefit the school's football program and 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.
Barbaccia is in his first season as the head coach of the Bayhawks. He has 30 years of experience coaching in the high school ranks, most notably at Oyster Bay High School, which he led to a conference co-championship while being named Nassau Coach of the Year during the 1997 season. In his playing days at Locust Valley, Barbaccia was named to the all-county, all-Long Island and all-state teams as a defensive lineman. He earned three letters as an offensive lineman at Temple University while also earning a double master's degree in political science and history.
Last Saturday, the Bayhawks, playing in their first season since the team was disbanded in 1988, defeated the Nazareth Kingsmen, 36-14, to earn their first win. They will go on the road to face the Sacred Heart Irish on Saturday, Oct. 16, in Yonkers, N.Y.