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The NFL announced the high school football coaches nominated by the 32 NFL teams for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award, representing the best at the high school level.
These coaches were recognized by their local NFL club for the prestigious award — named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history — for their character and integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.
“We are honored to celebrate the 32 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees, as each embodies the integrity, commitment and character of Coach Shula,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “High school football coaches not only serve as leaders, but as role models dedicated to shaping the lives of young high school players on and off the field.”
All Don Shula Award nominees are invited to attend the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL, and will be recognized in special ways during the NFL’s week-long celebration of football. Throughout the week, coaches will receive VIP access and accommodations at various events such as Pro Bowl practices, the Play Football High School Skills Showdown and Play Football Celebrity Flag game and the Pro Bowl game. These events will allow the coaches to interact and engage with various members of the football community. Each coach will also have an opportunity to invite a senior player on their roster to represent their high school football community in the Skills Showdown.
“It was truly the honor of a lifetime to be recognized as one of the elite high school coaches in the nation,” said Robert Garrett, the 2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award winner. “As a coach, you never seek individual recognition or accolades and the priority is always helping young men to achieve their highest potential, but being nominated for the Don Shula Coach of the Year Award is special and this year’s nominees should be proud.”
Two finalists will each receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to their high school’s football program. They will also attend Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta as special guests of the NFL. The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the 2019 Pro Bowl, airing Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ABC. The winner will also be recognized and walk the red carpet at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 2, the eve of Super Bowl LIII, at 9 PM (ET and PT) on CBS.
The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year winner is selected by a panel of distinguished individuals:
Below is a full list of 2018 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees:
|Arizona Cardinals||Highland High School||Brock Farrell|
|Atlanta Falcons||Pike County High School||Brad Weber|
|Baltimore Ravens||Glenelg High School||Butch Schaffer|
|Buffalo Bills||Clymer-Sherman-Panama High School||Ty Harper|
|Carolina Panthers||Tarboro High School||Jeff Craddock|
|Chicago Bears||Sacred Heart-Griffin High School||Ken Leonard|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Wyoming High School||Aaron Hancock|
|Cleveland Browns||Kirtland High School||Tiger Laverde|
|Dallas Cowboys||Duncanville High School||Reginald Samples|
|Denver Broncos||Sedgwick County High School||Chris Michel|
|Detroit Lions||Reading High School||Rick Bailey|
|Green Bay Packers||Muskego High School||Ken Krause|
|Houston Texans||Santa Fe High School||Mark Kanipes|
|Indianapolis Colts||Warren Central High School||Jayson West|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Mandarin High School||Bobby Ramsay|
|Kansas City Chiefs||North Kansas City High School||Leon Douglas|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Lawndale High School||Travis Clark|
|Los Angeles Rams||Mater Dei High School||Bruce Rollinson|
|Miami Dolphins||Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School||Aaron Feis|
|Minnesota Vikings||Owatonna Senior High School||Jeff Williams|
|New England Patriots||North Andover High School||John Dubzinski|
|New Orleans Saints||Notre Dame High School||Lewis Cook|
|New York Giants||Hasbrouck Heights High School||Nick Delcalzo|
|New York Jets||Midwood High School||Anthony Odita|
|Oakland Raiders||Canyon Springs High School||Gus McNair|
|Philadelphia Eagles||St. Joseph’s Preparatory School||Gabe Infante|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Upper St. Clair High School||Jim Render|
|San Francisco 49ers||Liberty High School||Ryan Partridge|
|Seattle Seahawks||Colville High School||Randy Cornwell|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Pinellas Park High School||Kenneth Crawford|
|Tennessee Titans||Oakland High School||Kevin Creasy|
|Washington Redskins||Highland Springs High School||Loren Johnson|
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