- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

PARK RIDGE, N.J. (AP) - A longtime New Jersey high school football coach who passed away before the start of the season will be honored with a national award next week.

Gary Mioli was heading into his 24th season at Park Ridge High School when he died this month, days before the Owls’ opener. He was 57 and had a 127-103 record at the school.

Next Thursday, Mioli will receive a posthumous award as part of National Coaches Day. The award will be given by Connecticut-based NFP Sports. A plaque and banner will be presented and the school will receive a $2,500 grant.

Mioli also received posthumous recognition from the New York Jets, who designated him their coach of the week on Tuesday.

National Coaches Day was originally proclaimed by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

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