Rich Hansen, who last month announced he would retire at the end of this season after three decades of leading the St. Peter’s Prep football program, is this week’s New York Giants Coach of the Week presented by Gatorade.
On Saturday, Hansen will lead his Marauders, ranked No. 16 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings, against No. 49 Don Bosco Prep.
Below is the story from Giants.com saluting Hansen’s Coach of the Week honor:
East Rutherford, NJ – The New York Giants and Gatorade have selected Mr. Rich Hansen of St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ) as the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week 3 of the 2020 season. Coach Rich Hansen is in his 33rd season as Head Coach of the St. Peter’s Prep Marauders and just defeated #13 West Orange on the road 62-21 to start the season. Hansen announce that this 2020 season will be his last, but he will remain the Jersey City school’s athletic director and continue to serve as an executive committee member for the Football Conference and New Jersey Football Coaches Association.
The Lou Rettino High School Football Coach of the Week Award is part of the Giants’ continuing effort to support local youth football programs. The Giants elected to name the award in memory of former Union High School (NJ) coach, Lou Rettino, for his fine commitment to the game of football, his community and the betterment of his athletes’ lives. Each week during the high school football season, the Giants selected one area high school head coach as the Coach of the Week winner. The selection is based on the coach’s continuing commitment towards promoting youth football, developing motivated student-athletes and his overall community involvement.
In recognition of Coach Hansen’s selection as Coach of the Week, a $2,000 check will be granted to the school’s football program from The Giants Foundation and Gatorade. He will also receive a certificate of recognition signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants head coach Joe Judge.
One of the most successful coaches in the state’s history, Hansen has led St. Peter’s Prep to five state titles and ten championship appearances with an overall record of 271-72-1, translating to a .788 winning percentage. While the program has been a long-standing reputation of dominance on both the state and national level, Hansen attributes their success to the meaningful relationships created by all members of the team. Some notable former athletes of Hansen’s include All-Americans Will Hill, Mikah Fitzpatrick and Brandin Wimbush. In addition, he has sent countless numbers of student-athletes to the college level. Hansen and the Marauders will strive to continue their success throughout the season as they enter 2020 ranked No. 1.