Coach Acquavita Finalist for National Honor

 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Release:

It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of John Acquavita from Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven Connecticut as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of Football. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, SD on the evening of June 27, 2018. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories.

Coach Acquavita was nominated for this national honor by their state’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.

Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo noted, “This is a well-deserved honor for Coach Acquavita.  John is an extremely hardworking, conscientious and successful individual who loves coaching football.   He has won several state championships and is very effective at helping to support the academics of his student-athletes and getting them into secondary education opportunities.  The countless hours that John has worked to support his teams on the field as well as in the classroom and community has served his players well by instilling the core skills of hard work, teamwork and compassion that each of his players take with them in their life journey.”
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