Marcelle Carruthers of Lansing Everett High School named Detroit Lions Coach of the Week for week 4

Posted Sep 18, 2012

Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Marcelle Carruthers of Lansing Everett High School the week four recipient of the 2012 High School Coach of the Week Program presented by the Michigan National Guard.
Carruthers led his Vikings to a 21-3 victory over Holt on September 14 to run their record to 4-0.  Now in his 13th season as a head coach at Lansing Everett High School, Carruthers has a record of 51-67 and has led Lansing Everett to 4 of the 5 playoff appearances in school history.  Carruthers took over a program that had suffered 13 consecutive losing seasons, including a 39 game losing streak.  He spent one year as an assistant coach at Lansing Eastern, his alma mater, where as a student-athlete, he became an All-State Dream Team quarterback before continuing at Central Michigan.  This Friday, Lansing Everett will look to improve to 5-0 as they go on the road to take on cross-town rival Lansing Eastern at 7 p.m.
In terms of promoting player health and safety within the school, the athletic training staff, in conjunction with Sparrow Hospital, is very proactive in educating the student-athlete regarding proper nutrition, the importance of hydration and concussion awareness.  Student-Athletes are also allowed to attend the Saturday Injury Clinic at Sparrow Hospital to review any sport related injuries that may have occurred.

Coach of the Week Program
Each week throughout the 2012 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 (107.3 FM-WBBL, Grand Rapids), and Scott DeCamp (
This season’s program will award $22,000 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 and presenting sponsor, Michigan Army National Guard.
Each winning coach throughout the regular season will receive a $2,000 donation to his school’s football program.  All weekly winners will be honored at an awards ceremony during the Lions-Bears game at Ford Field on December 30.  During the ceremony, the Lions will also introduce the High School Coach of the Year.  This season’s Coach of the Year will receive a $4,000 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’ 16th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $290,000 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.