NY Giants Honor BHS Flag Football Head Coach Vaughn Labor as Lou Rettino Coach of the Week
Coaches are more than just the people who teach us how to play our sports and can often be those most committed to our communities and lives. That's true for one Binghamton High School coach--Vaughn Labor, who helped take the Patriots Girls Flag Football team to a championship in Section IV's first-ever season for the sport. Now Labor is being recognized and honored by the New York Giants for his work with the team along with his support of the community and his athletes as he was named the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week One.
Getting that call from the Giants was an honor for Labor.
"Being able to have your hard work be recognized and the hard work of the girls and Binghamton for putting this program together is just fantastic," Labor said. "I was just super excited."
A well-earned recognition after the team went 5-2 and took down Union-Endicott, 26-12, for the Section IV Title back in June.
"Anyone who participates in sports at a varsity level wants to win," Labor said. "Yes, we're here for the community. Yes, we're here to teach these young people some life skills but ultimately you want to compete, the kids want to come out and win and the girls were certainly no exception to that"
And Labor wasn't the only Patriot honored as the entire team got to play at halftime during the Giants' third preseason game.
"The girls were so amped up, they were so excited to be out there," Labor said. "There was a fan who left shortly after halftime who happened to be near us in the parking lot after and they said it was so cool to watch this play out there. So I mean, that whole experience was probably something that I never got to do as a player ever at any level that I was at. So being able to be out there with the girls was so much fun. They enjoyed every moment of it. "
That enthusiasm could be just the start across the state.
"If my experience is anything that's like what's going to happen at other places, the girls are going to flock to it and they're going to be really excited about it," Labor said. "So I think it's important to provide them the opportunities to show what they can do. "
And when he was presented with this opportunity, Labor said he and his team had a lot in common.
"We shared in that common thread of wanting to figure out how we can be as successful as we can," Labor said. "I ended up really enjoying it, I had a great team I got very fortunate with who came out. Hopefully, we can build on that and continue to get more girls out and play flag football here at Binghamton."
That goal has received some help as the New York Giants are providing a $2,000 donation to the program.
"So the girls already have some ideas for how we should use that money, but it's nice that we have that because that's gonna be a great start to help us build this program out further," Labor said.
On top of the donation, Labor will receive a certificate of recognition from Giants head coach Brian Daboll along with being honored at a dinner after the season and at a preseason game next year.
Labor is also an assistant coach on the BHS Boys' Varsity Football Program
For more on the team's trip to Metlife stadium, go here.
For more on the championship game, go here.