NUTLEY, NJ - The New York Giants and Gatorade selected Hometown Hero, Nutley Raiders Football own Steve DiGregorio as the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week. DiGregorio will be awarded a certificate of recognition signed by Giants head coach Joe Judge and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The Giants Foundation and Gatorade will also grant $2000 to Nutley's football program.
A native of Nutley, and Raider himself, having played for the team all four years of his Nutley High School career, the game has been an integral part of DiGregorio's life. He played at Muhlenberg College, (Go Mules!), and worked as an assistant coach at Princeton University. He returned to his hometown in 2004 to serve as head football coach and teach social studies. DiGregorio left Nutley for Princeton when the opportunity to coach his sons was presented. After four years there, he returned to Nutley in 2017. Steven DiGregorio Returns as Head Football Coach of the Nutley Raiders
DiGregorio's passion for American history was captured by TAPinto Nutley in 2018 when he shared his personal recollection of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to his class. Nutley High School Social Studies Teacher Steve DiGregorio Shares September 11 Memories
DiGregorio missed the 2019 as he battled cancer. In true Nutley fashion, the community rallied around him. Community Support Pours In As Nutley Head Football Coach Steve DiGregorio Battles Cancer
The Township of Nutley Board of Commissioners proclaimed the Oct. 19, 2019 Homecoming Game, "Coach D Day," and the team adopted the motto "Team Digger - We got your back." No surprise, the Raiders were victorious that day.
After the game, J.D. Vick said, "Steve is our head coach,” said the interim head coach, of Nutley High’s head football man, Steve DiGregorio. “When he’s here, we’re all better, as a staff and as a team. And he’s here, every day, whether we’re on the phone, or he’s at the games. He’s our leader.” Nutley Football With a Big Gridiron Win on Coach D Day
When the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic came to Nutley in March 2020, Coach D reflected on his personal health battle, as well as his personal experience with the spirit of the Nutley community, to offer words of comfort and leadership. “When anyone needs help, the community always jumps in – Nutley's heart is gigantic, and I don't think that will ever change,” DiGregorio said. “All squabbles are immediately put aside when someone in Nutley needs help or if a group needs some type of assistance. This coronavirus challenge we have is certainly different in that Nutleyites have been affected in many ways,” he said. Tales of Hope and Courage from Nutley Coach Steve DiGregorio This past summer, DiGregorio was inducted into the Essex County Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Never one to sit on the sidelines, Nutley Raiders Football coach Steve DiGregorio set his sights on tackling hunger in the community led a food drive to benefit those in need. This past August, he co-hosted a food drive benefiting Nutley Family Service Bureau's food pantry operation. The Raiders football team, along with the Nutley Elks and scores of volunteers collected more than 3500 non-perishable items during the drive to help those facing challenges during the recession.
A hero on and off the field, DiGregorio missed the 2019 season as he was successfully battling cancer. This year, he returned to the team he loves, leading them to a 31-18 upset victory over West Side on Opening Day of the 2020 season. Four Touchdowns by Harbison and Stifling Defense Lift Nutley to Upset Victory on Opening Day
Selection for the Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week Award is based on the coach's continuing commitment towards promoting youth football, developing motivated student-athletes and his overall community involvement.
Kevin Knight and Mike Lamberti contributed to this TAPinto Nutley report.
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