A Great Coach Sets No Ceilings

If you have walked the halls of Spring Valley High School in the last 10 years, you’ve heard of Coach Andrew Delva Senior.

A Haitian-born ambitious man with a strong heart, Coach Delva has been a pillar in Rockland County for a over a decade. The Spring Valley High School Football Program is at the center of his heart, and he has recently taken to coaching track and field with the same spirit. Whether on the field or on the track, students have a deep appreciation for him.

High school is already a difficult place for teenagers, the last thing they need is more adults failing to understand the pressures they endure daily. Coach Delva takes the time to listen to his teens, but he pushes them. There is no ceiling when you are on his field or running his track, you are greatness in the making.

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Coach Delva motivating a group of his players

Though Coach Delva is a humble man who seldom takes credit for the success of his athletes, there is no doubt that he has played a pivotal role in athletic accomplishments at Spring Valley High School since he began his career there.

  • The football team has won four bowl games
  • More than 20 players have gone off to play college football in the past six years
  • Team Captain Edenis Augustin has been named Rockland Journal News Scholar Athlete of the week and is on his way to becoming valedictorian
  • Graduating players have received athletic scholarship offers from Boston College, University of Buffalo, Temple University and other notable institutions
  • In 2014 Spring Valley Track and Field won the winter and spring 2010 section title
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Coach Delva pictured with Hernz Laguerre Jr. who plays for Syracuse University
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Coach Delva pictured with former players: (L to R) Andre Fils, Defensive Back for Hampton University; Coach Delva; Calvin Heurtelou, Defensive Tackle for University of Miami; and Danny Chang, Pepperdine University graduate.

During this month of March, Coach Delva is on a new mission, to raise money to fund the Football Program’s summer camp. The program provides players the opportunity to train, network with recruiters, and participate in tournaments throughout the summer months. It is not only a way to keep young men from having idle hands, but also a means to mentor and love them.

Coach Delva and his team of seven: Ricky Delva; Jeff Johnson; Michael Demostene; Pierre Thevenot; Telvil Destin; Doug Carey; and Mendy Watson, provide the players with football equipment, balanced meals, and transportation to and from trainings. Parents trust the team of coaches with their children and have for many years.

“I try to keep these kids busy and active all summer while mentoring them. We have conversations about life, school, and how to handle future challenges as they enter manhood. Coaching high school football has always been about more than the game for me. My players are my family.”

You get the sense that Coach Delva is teaching his players about brotherhood.

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Geraldo Cetoute, S.U.N.Y. Albany graduate.

Geraldo Cetoute, who graduated from Spring Valley High School in 2010 and spent four years in the Football Program recalls his experience. “Coach Delva taught me more than football, the sport, and I can’t put a price on that. All of my lifetime achievements stem from him not giving up on me or my peers. He put a lot of great coaches in our corner and I can’t thank him enough.”

Not only has Coach Delva put other great men in his players’ corner, he’s even placed himself in some corners–the four corners of a wrestling ring that is. In June 2014 Coach Delva brought the “Spring Slam” to Spring Valley High School and got the whole community excited about wrestling with appearances from the great Mick Foley, Booker T, Matt Hardy and others from the WWE gang. He even threw himself in the ring as players, family, friends, and teachers and faculty cheered on.

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That was 2014–Coach Delva is back in action and ready to raise $6,000.00 for the Spring Valley High School Football Program’s summer camp. Visit the team’s donation page, https://www.hudl.com/donate?c=56d60ae418f53f233029eb9a, and give what you can. Checks can be made out to “Spring Valley Football” and mailed to 361 NY-59 Spring Valley, New York, 10977.

Contact Coach Delva, coachdelva@hotmail.com, with any questions about the Spring Valley High School Football Program.

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