New Rochelle High School head varsity football coach Louis DiRienzo will be inducted into the Westchester County Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 17 at 5:30pm at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains.
DiRienzo and four others were chosen for the Hall of Fame in June. His fellow inductees are sportswriter Ernie Palladino, Olympic athlete and track champion Ronald O. Laird, Holy Child basketball coach Cathi Wasilik and basketball coach Beth Wooters of The Ursuline School in New Rochelle.
"It's a tremendous honor; it's incredibly humbling," DiRienzo said. He credited many with supporting him in his career -his family while growing up, his wife and children (his two sons played football at NRHS), and the "many, many coaches and many, many players" who have helped get him where he is. "I didn't climb this mountain on my own," he said.
Last year, when DiRienzo coached the Huguenots to the Class AA state championship in the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, that was only the latest of his accomplishments.
"Lou's gridiron record speaks for itself; his 27-year record at NRHS is 224 wins and 60 losses," the program for the Hall of Fame ceremony reads. "His teams have won 13 Section One AA Titles, twice been NY State AA Champions and four times NY State AA Finalists."
Most importantly, the program says, "Lou wants his players to be men of good character." That's the mission that drives him.
"In the game of football, there are so many life lessons to teach," DiRienzo said. "You're teaching a work ethic. You're teaching responsibility and accountability."