The New York Jets have announced that Ralph Cinque of Clifton High School in Clifton, NJ has been named this week’s recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week.
Cinque will receive a monetary award of $1000 to benefit the school’s football program. Along with this award, Clifton High School receives an automatic bid to compete in the 2022 New York Jets 11-ON Tournament. In addition, Coach Cinque will be invited to attend the New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints game on Sunday, December 12th. He will receive luxury suite tickets and be honored on-field at MetLife Stadium. Clifton High School will receive 100 tickets to the Jets Play Football 2022 preseason home game.
Coach Cinque attended Clifton High School in Clifton, NJ where he played running back and linebacker. He was a three-sport athlete during his time in high school, competing in football, baseball and hockey.
After graduating in 1993, Cinque went to college at Montclair State University. Cinque continued both his football and baseball career in college. Cinque graduated from Montclair State in 1998.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Nutley High School in 1998. In 2000, Cinque returned to his alma mater, as an assistant coach for Clifton High School. After 13 years as an assistant coach, Cinque was named head coach of the football team. In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Cinque serves as a physical education and health teacher at Clifton High School.
On Friday, September 3rd, Clifton moved to 1-0 on the season, as the Clifton Mustangs defeated the Cicero-North Syracuse Northstars 32-13 in the High School Kickoff Classic. Clifton High School takes on the Hackensack Comets on September 10th at 7 PM.
In its 26th year, the Coach of the Week award is given to a coach in the Tri-State area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.