Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Mark Chapman of Comstock Park High School the week nine recipient of the 2013 High School Football Coach of the Week Program.
Coach Chapman led his Panthers to a 34-7 victory over Sparta on October 25 to end the regular season undefeated at 9-0. Comstock Park is currently ranked number #8 in Division 4. In his 23rd year of coaching and his 4th season as a head coach at Comstock Park, Chapman has directed the Panthers to playoff appearances in each of his 4 seasons, including state semifinal appearances in each of the last 2 seasons. Chapman is 39-8 at Comstock Park during this time. Chapman spent 3 years as a head coach at Grant (MI) High School, 9 years as an assistant coach at Grand Rapids Christian High School and 7 years as an assistant coach at Kenowa Hills High School. This Friday, Comstock Park will host the 6-3 Fremont Packers in a Division 4 pre-district playoff game.
In addition to the accomplishments on the field, Chapman, the football coaching staff and the members of the Comstock Park Athletic Department are First Aid and CPR certified and trained as first responders. All sports follow the Michigan High School Athletic Association guidelines for concussion protocol and heat awareness. Student-athletes are also administered the ImPACT baseline concussion test at the beginning of the season.
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.