Wayne Demikoff, head coach of the Wayne Hills High School football team, has been named this week’s recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week award.
Demikoff will receive $1,000 to help the program and will be presented with a certificate from the Jets.
The award is given to a coach in the tri-state area who serves the “best interests of the game through the teaching of football fundamentals,” motivates young players to achieve their best, and promotes youth football in their community.
Demikoff is in his first season as head coach after serving 14 years as assistant coach under legendary coach Chris Olsen, including the last seven as defensive coordinator. He helped the Patriots win state group titles in 2002, 2004 to 2008, 2010, and 2011.
Demikoff earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Rutgers University. He taught history for 17 years at Belleville High School before taking the same position at Wayne Hills this year.
Hills came back to win its first game of the season 17-14 against Northern Highland High School. The Patriots will face off against Wayne Valley at home Friday.