Coach of the Week Recipients

RON GLODICH

RON GLODICH

MARINE CITY HIGH SCHOOL

Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller

Pewamo-Westphalia High School

Todd Kolster

Todd Kolster

Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School

Ron Bellamy

Ron Bellamy

West Bloomfield High School

Scott Cuthrell

Scott Cuthrell

Cass City High School

Monty Price

Monty Price

Reed City High School

Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson

Ishpeming High School

Jack Giarmo

Jack Giarmo

Gibraltar Carlson High School

John Novara

John Novara

Portland High School

Coach of the Week

Each week throughout the nine-week Michigan 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. Each weekly 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), James Cook (Traverse City Record-Eagle), Scott DeCamp (MLive-Muskegon Chronicle) and the Lions Director of Football Education, Chris Fritzsching. 

The 2019 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, the NFL Foundation, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan and Gatorade. 

Each winning coach during the regular season receives a $2,000 donation to his school’s football program. At the conclusion of the Michigan High School Football season, the Lions select the High School Football Coach of the Year. The Coach of the Year receives a $4,000 donation to his school’s football program in addition to being the Lions’ nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Football Coach of the Year. All weekly and yearly winners receive a certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Matt Patricia and National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell, and a personalized game ball as well as recognition at a 2019 Lions home game.

Currently in its’ 23rd year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week/Year program has awarded $433,000 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 Football Education, at 313-262-2248.

All-Time Coach of the Year recipients:

1997-John Herrington, Farmington Hills Harrison, 1998-Thomas Mach, Detroit Catholic Central, 1999-Don Durrett, Saginaw, 2000-Herb Brogan, Jackson Lumen Christi, 2001-John Schwartz, Mendon, 2002-Mike Boyd, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 2003-Scot Shaw, Three Rivers, 2004-Noel Dean, Lowell, 2005-Jack Pratt, Flint Powers, 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, 2014-Dan Rohn, Grand Rapids West Catholic, 2015-John Shillito, Zeeland West, 2016-Elliot Uzelac, Benton Harbor, 2017-Mike Giannone, Warren De La Salle, 2018-Rick Bailey, Reading

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