Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Jack Coon of Cheboygan High School the week four recipient of the 2013 High School Football Coach of the Week Program.
Coach Coon led his Chiefs to a 42-14 victory over previously undefeated Ludington on September 20 to claim their third victory of the season. In his 35th year in coaching and 25th year as a head coach at Cheboygan, Coon has directed Cheboygan to 14 state playoff appearances. Prior to becoming a head coach, Coon was an assistant coach for 3 years at Alma High School, 4 years at Joplin Parkwood (MO) High School, and 3 years at Cheboygan. This Friday, Cheboygan will look to go 4-1 as they take on the Petoskey Northmen at home.
In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Coon and the Cheboygan High School Athletic Department follow all Michigan High School Athletic Association guidelines for concussion protocol and heat awareness; issues that are vital regarding player health and safety. An athletic trainer is available to all Cheboygan student-athletes and the varsity football team has had a doctor on the sideline at games for the last 35 seasons.
High School Football Coach of the Week Program
Each week throughout the 2013 nine-week high school football regular season, one coach that best develops his players’ character, discipline, and football skill in addition to emphasizing player health and safety in their program, will be recognized for his commitment to the team, school, and community. The winner is selected by a panel of high school football media members—Mick McCabe (Detroit Free Press), Hugh Bernreuter (Saginaw News), Bret Bakita (WOOD Radio-106.9 FM, ESPN 96.1 FM-Fox 17/Grand Rapids) and Scott DeCamp (Mlive.com/Muskegon).
This season’s program will award $11,000 to aid in the development and promotion of high school football in the state of Michigan thanks to contributions from the Detroit Lions and the National Football League.
Each winning coach throughout the regular season will receive a $1,000 donation to his school’s football program. At the conclusion of the 2013 Michigan High School Football season, the Lions will also select the High School Football Coach of the Year. This season’s Coach of the Year will receive a $2,000 donation to his team’s football program.
In addition to the monetary award, all winners receive a certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz and National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell. Winning coaches also receive a personalized game ball and a Detroit Lions “Coach of the Week” hat.
Currently in its’ 17th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $312,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan. For more information on the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program, contact Chris Fritzsching, Lions’ Director of Youth Football, at 313-262-2248.