NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley High School is celebrating Homecoming Week but with a twist this year, Raider Nation will take that sense of home to show their support for head football coach Steve DiGregorio who is battling cancer.
The Nutley Board of Commissioners approved a resolution during the Oct. 15 meeting declaring Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 19, "Coach D. Day." The public area of the meeting was filled to capacity with members of the football team and coaching staff, all wearing "Team Digger" shirts to show support to their coach.
Two weeks ago, TAPinto Nutley reported that a fundraiser, spearheaded by Nutley High School Athletic Director Joe Piro, was scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Nutley Elks Club. Come on Raider Nation, Let's Show Nutley Coach D What We're Made Of As He Battles Cancer. The show of support during homecoming week is just one of the many events that Piro spearheaded. On Saturday, expect signs, cheers, and tearjerker moments.
According to Piro, response to the announcements about support for DiGregorio has been better than expected. People are purchasing tickets to the $65 Nov. 14 fundraiser, but they are also sending in donations. "Knowing this town, the number of people making donations to support Digger really shouldn't surprise me, but it has." Digger is DiGregorio's nickname.
DiGregorio returned to the role as the Raiders head football coach in the 2017-2018 season. Raiders fans will remember that he was the head football coach from 2004 to 2011. DiGregorio replaced Coach Tom Basile.
At the time of his return, Piro said, “He was a role model for our student athletes and a mentor to our staff during his first tenure as coach. I look forward to watching him pick-up where he left off. The Raider Nation is excited to have him back. In the time since his return, DiGregoio has not only inspired on the field, but inspired students to take a deep interest in American History in the classroom.
DiGregorio has held coaching positions at Princeton High School, Paramus Catholic High School, Princeton University, Allegheny College, Paul VI High School, and James Caldwell High School.
DiGregorio has his Bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College and is a 1979 graduate of Nutley High School. He currently lives in Princeton with his wife and three sons.
The fundraider will be held Nov. 14 at the Nutley Elks on Chestnut St. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by check or venmo. Checks should be made payable to Joe Piro - Team Digger. Donations can also be sent via Venmo Venmo@Joe-Piro-4 . Individuals with questions can call Piro directly at 201-956-7412.
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