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