HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - “It’s time,” that was Nick Delcalzo’s response to the question about his retirement. “It is time to spend some time with my family and grandkids.”
He joked about seeing “100 years of Excellence” in regard to Hasbrouck Heights and the 100th Anniversary of Athletics at the high school, saying he had been there “for half of them”. Except, it is not a joke, he was. Four years of high school, a time away at school, 45 years on the sidelines, including 36 as head coach.
When asked if there was one memory he took away from it all, he said, no there were just too many individual memories to hold one above the other. Each championship was as good as the one before, he said. He always said that when doing his pre-season preview of the Aviators teams.
“I don’t compare teams, and I never look back, I always look forward,” Delcalzo stated in August of 2017, when asked if the 2016 were the best of his championship teams. He repeated that answer when asked at the end of that 2017 season, and again in 2018 when asked about the team that won its third straight title.
“What I do take away from this all the relationships with the players that I impacted, hopefully for the better, over the years.”
"It is with mixed emotions that we accepted Coach DelCalzo's notice of retirement as head football coach," said Superintendent of Schools Matthew Helfant. "He will be truly missed. He has given his heart and soul to the Aviators and the community at large for over 40-years. He has achieved so much with the most impactful being leading the team to victory by winning three consecutive championships but remains humble in his success. Best wishes in his well-deserved retirement."
According to Linda Simmons, the Principal of Hasbrouck Heights High School: “One thing that has always amazed me about Coach D is his innate ability to influence and inspire our students to exceed their potential in athletics as well as in life.”
Athletic Director Michael Scuilla echoed those sentiments.
“Nick will be missed dearly,” said Scuilla. “While Coach "D" was one of the most successful coaches in New Jersey football history, his 45 years of coaching will be measured by much more than wins and state titles.
“Coach Delcalzo is so much more to his past players and coaches than just a head football coach,” continued Scuila. “Coach is a leader that turned young boys into men and molded young coaches into future role models. Coach is always there for anyone who needs anything from him. There will never be another Coach Nick Delcalzo.”
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