UNION, NJ - Hasbrouck Heights head football coach Nick Delcalzo is running out of fingers for all the rings he is earning.
Delcalzo was awarded his New Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame ring Monday evening as he was honored during halftime of the 41st Annual Phil Simms North - South High School football game, with his induction into the New Jersey Football Coaches Hall of Fame. It continues a year where Delcalzo keeps picking up accolades, and state championships for the program he has built at Hasbrouck Heights.
He earned three straight championship rings, two for winning consecutive North 1, Group 1 title, and one for winning a North 2, Group 1 title and following it up with winning the first ever North Group 1 Bowl Championship.
This past year he was named the New York Giants Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Year, which led to him being a finalist for the NFL Don Shula High School Coach of the Year, the 2018 North 2 Coach of the Year.
He was joined in the going into the Hall of Fame by:
Matt Occhipiniti, Assistant Coach, Ramapo High School
Pete Piccirillo Head Coach West Morris Central High School
Bob Martin, Assistant Coach Dayton High School
Steve Libro , Head Coach North Brunswick High School
Joe Servidio, Assistant Coach Immaculata High School
Larry Ginsburg, Head Coach, Eastern High School
Duane Schilling, Assistant Coach, Buena High School
Rich Conti, Head Coach New Milford (Posthumous selection)
Joe DiMario Head Coach Spotswood (Posthumous selection)
Additionally, Ed Sadloch, who coached at Parsippany HIgh School, Bayley Ellard, and Cedar Grove was awarded the John Bateman Winners For Life Award, while Ed Caporale of Mahwah was granted a Lifetime Achivement award.
Delcalzo had the largest contingent of friends family and coaches with him, as the final picture taken with his awards, had a group shot that had his wife, children, assistant coaches (their kids), along with Phil Simms who presented the award.
He was also well sought out by the media afterwards for his insights.
“I always tell people these awards are really a testament to what we have built in Hasbrouck Heights over the years,“ Delcalzo said. “We have a lot of our coaches here with my family tonight, and they are my family as well. A lot of them have played for me, and are now coaches. That is important to me.”
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