Detroit, MI — The Detroit Lions have named Courtney Hawkins of Flint Beecher High School the week one recipient of the 2013 High School Football Coach of the Week Program.
Hawkins led his Buccaneers to a 41-20 victory over cross town rival Flint Northwestern on August 29 to claim the Eagles first victory of the season and keep the Ira Rutherford trophy, named in honor of a retired Beecher Schools superintendent, at Beecher for a second consecutive season.
Now in his 8th season at his alma mater, Hawkins took over a football program that had 11 consecutive losing seasons and has led them to six straight Michigan High School football playoff berths, while making it to the Division 7 state semifinals in 2012. Hawkins was a wide receiver at Michigan State from 1988-1991 and played 9 seasons in the NFL. This Friday, Flint Beecher will look to go 2-0 as they travel to Genesee Area Conference-Red Division foe Durand.
In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Coach Hawkins and his coaching staff are proactive in terms of promoting player health and safety within their school. Hawkins and his entire staff have completed the required concussion education training and Hawkins himself has completed a course on the cause and effect of properly hydrating athletes. The emphasis on proper tackling techniques is also greatly stressed each day of practice.