The New York Jets have announced that Don Clark of Washingtonville (NY) High School has been named this week’s recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award presented by Chase.
Through Chase’s partnership, the monetary award to benefit the school’s football program has doubled to $2,000. Coach Clark will be presented with a certificate and award ball. In addition, he is invited to watch the Jets-Patriots game on Dec. 21 in Chase’s suite at MetLife Stadium.
The award, in its 19th year, is given to coaches in the tristate area who serve 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 communities, their schools and their student-athletes.
Coach Clark is in his 24th season of coaching football. He was the varsity football coach at Newfield High School for seven years and was named the Section IV Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001 as well as earning Coach of the Year accolades from five other organizations.
From there, he began his first stint as Washingtonville’s head football coach in 2003. He led the Wizards to a Section IX Class AA Division Championship, earning Coach of the Year accolades before entering the NCAA coaching ranks at Marist College and Pace University.
On Friday, Oct. 24, Washingtonville defeated the perennial Section IX champion Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders, 24-7, to even their record to 4-4. The Wizards’ next game will be at home vs. the Middletown Middie Bears on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.