Detroit, MI˜The Detroit Lions have named Lorenzo Rodriguez of Shelby High School the week seven recipient of the 2013 High School Football Coach of the Week Program.
Coach Rodriguez led his Tigers to a 32-21 victory over Ravenna on October 11 to take their record to 7-0. In his 15th season coaching, Rodriguez has been head coach at Shelby for 8 seasons, posting a 51-25 career record, including a trip to the state semi-finals in 2012. This Friday at the annual homecoming game, Shelby, ranked No. 7 in Division 6, will look to go 8-0 as they take on West Michigan Conference rival North Muskegon.In terms of player health and safety, the Shelby High School Athletic Department administers
ImPACT baseline neurocognitive tests to all student-athletes. The Strength & Conditioning program focuses on strengthening the neck as a way to lessen the incidence of concussions. New football helmets were purchased this season and all equipment is certified and reconditioned to provide student-athletes the best equipment available. The Athletic Training staff also monitors heat and humidity before and during practice and game with the use of psychrometers.
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.
High School Football Coach of the Week Program
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.