Detroit, MI˜The Detroit Lions have named Scott Merchant of Chippewa Valley High School the week five recipient of the 2013 High School Football Coach of the Week Program.
Coach Merchant led his Big Reds to a 42-6 victory over Utica Ford on September 27 to claim their fifth victory of the season. In his 5th season as a head coach at Chippewa Valley, Merchant has led the Big Reds to 2 state playoff appearances. Merchant spent 9 years as head coach at U of D Jesuit, leading the Cubs to their only 3 playoff appearances in school history while reaching the state semi-finals twice. Merchant was an assistant coach at Birmingham Brother Rice for 2 years and Albion College for 5 years. This Friday, Chippewa Valley will look to go 6-0 and clinch a playoff berth as they take on the Anchor Bay Tars during the Big Reds homecoming game.
In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Merchant and the Chippewa Valley High School Athletic Department administer ImPACT concussion tests to all student-athletes in grades 7-12. ImPACT testing is a comprehensive program that provides concussion management standards and accountability for student-athletes. The Athletic Department also adheres to the Michigan High School Athletic Association guidelines for heat & hydration. Coach Merchant schedules water breaks every 15 minutes and the stresses the importance of eating and hydrating properly before, during and after practice. Practice is also structured so that contact is controlled to limit unnecessary injuries.
High School Football Coach of the Week Program
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.