He’s been a head football coach for a grand total of two games, and already Wayne Demikoff of Wayne Hills has garnered a pair of Coach of the Week honors.
Following his team’s 17-14 win over Northern Highlands on Sept. 13, he was tabbed by the New York Jets as its Coach of the Week.
Now, after another 17-14 win (this one in overtime) against arch rival Wayne Valley, Demikoff has been recognized by Max Preps as its New Jersey Coach of the Week in Group IV,
With Hills (2-0) slated to play at Tenafly on Saturday afternoon, one can only wonder what’s next for Demikoff if the Patriots win that game.
In both its victories, Wayne Hills trailed by double figures in the first half before imposing its will in the final 24 minutes to win in dominant fashion. The Patriots trailed Highlands, 14-3 in the second quarter and were behind 14-0 to Valley at the half.
In the second half of both games, the Patriots have outscored its opponents, 24-0, including an Erik Martinez field goal that decided the Wayne Valley game.
“We’ve won because we’re in better physical shape,” Demikoff said. “I told our kids we haven’t played a full four quarters of Wayne Hills football yet. When we do, it will be interesting to see what this team is capable of.”
As usual, Demikoff, a long-time assistant to Chris Olsen at Wayne Hills before taking over as head coach in 2013, downplayed his latest award.
“It’s an honor, believe me, and I’m very grateful,” Demikoff said. “But this is about a tremendous coaching staff and hard-nosed kids who want to win. I’m happy to be a part of it. But we have a long way to go, and right now, I’m just trying to get ready for a tough Tenafly team this Saturday.”