HACKENSACK, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights head football coach Nick Delcalzo will be honored by with the Thomas L. Della Torre Special Achievement Award at the YMCA of Greater Bergen County's Annual Sports Award Banquet to be held on November 21 at the Venetian in Garfield.
Delcalzo’s career highlights include: 239 career wins, 3 state championships, 14 league titles, 20 playoff appearances and 8 state final appearances. He was named Bergen County Coach of the Year two times and was inducted into the NJSIAA Hall of Fame.
Delcalzo played at Hasbrouck Heights, making the All-BCSL National First Team as a defensive back in 1970, and was a part of the 1969 Hasbrouck Heights State Championship team that is considered one of the best teams in the history of New Jersey high school football.
"It's an honor," said Delcalzo. "It's not just about football. I think family is very important. Family and sportsmanship -- that's what I was brought up on. That's what we try to instill in the kids. And being good people."
Delcalzo has been coaching for 43 years, 33 years as head coach. In addition, he used to coach junior football, CYO basketball, and started a PONY league baseball team.
"I've been very blessed," he said. "I've been very fortunate."
For over 51 years the YMCA of Greater Bergen County has been sponsoring this banquet, which is unique in its purpose. It is a “hometown affair’ honoring Bergen County athletes as well as adults in the athletic and recreation world who have given exceptional leadership and guidance to our young people. The student-athletes recognized by the YMCA of Greater Bergen County, some who have earned up to 12 Varsity Letters while also performing at the top of their classes academically, also give tirelessly to their communities and special charities.
The 2017 YMCA Person of the Year is Bruce Harper, former NY Jets. Harper is being honored for his work in the community as well as achievement in sports. Friend and colleague Karl Nelson of the New York Giants will introduce Bruce at the event.
To see the full listing of honorees, and get further information on the cocktail reception, go to http://www.ymcagbc.org and click on the "Give" page.
For over 100 years, the YMCA of Greater Bergen County, located in a historic building in Hackensack, has been strengthening the foundations of the community, committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y provides high-quality, affordable programs for children, adolescents, adults and seniors. including child care, summer camps, swimming, adult wellness center, senior programs, sports and arts. The YMCA of Greater Bergen County is a non-profit organization that welcomes people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes.