The New York Jets announced today that Keith Hellstern of Fairfield College Preparatory School in Connecticut has been named this week's recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week award presented by Chase. Through Chase's partnership, the monetary award to benefit the school's football program has doubled to $2,000. Coach Hellstern will be presented with a certificate and award ball. In addition, he is invited to watch the New York Jets play the Buffalo Bills on January 1st in Chase's suite at MetLife Stadium.
In its 21st year, the Coach of the Week award is given to a coach in the Tri-State 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.
Coach Hellstern is an alumnus of Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey, where he won all-conference and all-area honors playing offensive and defensive line. After graduation, Hellstern started four years at Wesleyan University in CT, winning the conference championship in his senior year. The former lineman has coached on both the collegiate and high school levels for 18 years. Coach Hellstern is in his seventh season coaching at Fairfield Prep and second season as head coach of the program. In addition to his coaching duties, Hellstern teaches social studies.
On Friday, September 23rd, the Fairfield Prep Jesuits defeated the Hillhouse Bulldogs, 40-18, boosting their record to 3-0 for the season. Their next game will be at home against the Notre Dame-West Haven on Friday, September 30th at 6 p.m.
Previous Award Winners:Week 1: Ryan Horan, Montclair Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair, NJ
Week 2: Ryan Baldock, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY
Week 3: Rick Punzone, Babylon High School, Babylon, NY