Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Monty Price of Reed City High School the week six recipient of the 2018 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program. Price's Coyotes defeated the Big Rapids Cardinals 58-22 to run their record to 6-0 and clinch a berth in the MHSAA playoffs. Reed City is currently ranked No. 4 in Division 5. On Friday, October 5, the Coyotes travel to Stanton to take on the Central Montcalm Hornets (0-6) in a Central State Activities Association Gold Division game.
Price has coached high school football for 24 years and is currently in his 20th season as head coach at Reed City. He coached at Remus Chippewa Hills and Montabella before taking over as head coach at Reed City in 1999. The Coyotes have posted 10 or more wins in six of the last seven seasons, have won the CSAA Gold seven straight years, advanced to the Division 5 state semifinals in 2017 and have reached the MHSAA playoffs nine straight seasons and 15 seasons in all during Price's tenure. Price's career record at Reed City is 142-63 (69.3%).
High School Football Coach of the Week Program
Each week throughout the 2018 nine-week high school football regular season, one coach that best demonstrates success on and off the field, develops 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), James Cook (Traverse City Record-Eagle) and Scott DeCamp (MLive-Muskegon Chronicle).
This season's program will award $22,000 to aid the development and promotion of high school football in the state of Michigan, thanks to contributions from the Detroit Lions, the NFL Foundation, presenting partner, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan and associate partner, Gatorade.
Each winning coach during the regular season will receive a $2,000 donation to his school's football program and a Gatorade performance package, compliments of Gatorade. At the conclusion of the 2018 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 $4,000 donation to his school's football program, in addition to the Gatorade performance package. All winners will receive a certificate signed by Lions' head coach Matt Patricia and National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell, a personalized game ball as well as acknowledgement at an upcoming Lions home game.
Currently in its' 22nd year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $411,000 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 Football Education, at 313-262-2248.