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Kurt Richardson of Clarkston High School the 2013 Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Year.

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Coach Richardson led his Wolves to a 32-14 victory over Detroit Catholic Central on November 30 at Ford Field to win the Division 1 Michigan High School Football State Championship. This was Clarkston High School‚s first football state championship. Clarkston ended the season 13-1 by reeling off 13 straight wins after losing their season opener.

Detroit, MI˜The Detroit Lions have named Kurt Richardson of Clarkston High School the 2013 Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Year.

Coach Richardson led his Wolves to a 32-14 victory over Detroit Catholic Central on November 30 at Ford Field to win the Division 1 Michigan High School Football State Championship.  This was Clarkston High School‚s first football state championship.  Clarkston ended the season 13-1 by reeling off 13 straight wins after losing their season opener.  In his 37th year of coaching (27th as a head coach, 10th as an assistant) at his alma mater, Richardson has directed the Wolves to 16 playoff appearances.  Richardson‚s career record is 203-78 (72% winning percentage).  Richardson was named a Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week in 2006.

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 awarded $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 received a $1,000 donation to his school‚s football program.  All weekly winners will be honored at an awards ceremony during the Lions-Giants game at Ford Field on December 22.  During the ceremony, the Lions will introduce Richardson as the High School Coach of the Year.  Richardson 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 NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.  Winning coaches also receive a personalized game ball and a Detroit Lions "Coach of the Week/Year" hat.

Concluding its‚ 17th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week/Year program has awarded $323,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan.  For more information on the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week/Year program, contact Chris Fritzsching, Lions‚ Director of Youth Football, at 313-262-2248

Coach of the Year recipients:                                                         2013 Coach of the Week recipients:
1997    John Herrington          Farmington Hills Harrison                  Week 1            Courtney Hawkins                                                                                                                                  Flint  Beecher
1998    Thomas Mach             Detroit Catholic Central                     Week 2            Al Romano                                                                                                                                                    Tecumseh
1999    Don Durrett                Saginaw                                          Week 3            Mike Smith                                                                                                                                                   Lapeer West
2000    Herb Brogan               Jackson Lumen Christi                      Week 4            Jack Coon                                                                                                                                                     Cheboygan               
2001    John Schwartz             Mendon                                          Week 5            Scott Merchant                                                                                                                                               Chippewa Valley
2002    Mike Boyd                   Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes       Week 6            Mark Tamminga                                                                                                                                            Grand Rapids South Christian
2003    Scot Shaw                  Three Rivers                                     Week 7            Lorenzo Rodriguez                                                                                                                                          Shelby
2004    Noel Dean                   Lowell                                             Week 8            Mike Zdebski                                                                                                                                                 Walled Lake Western
2005    Jack Pratt                    Flint Powers                                     Week 9            Mark Chapman                                                                                                                                              Comstock Park
2006    Tony Annese               Muskegon

2007    Jim Reynolds               Detroit King


2008    Peter Stuursma            East Grand Rapids


2009    Rich Hulkow                 Marshall


2010    Chris Bell                     Lake Orion


2011    Thomas Wilcher           Detroit Cass Tech


2012    Terry Hessbrook           Ithaca


2013    Kurt Richardson           Clarkston

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