Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Randy Cole of Grass Lake High School the week four recipient of the 2019 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program. On September 20, Cole's Warriors defeated Hanover-Horton 52-13 to improve to 4-0. Grass Lake is currently ranked #4 in Division 6.
Cole is in his 37th season of coaching at Grass Lake and in his 20th year as head coach. He has compiled a career record is 147-60 (71%) with 15 state playoff appearances. During Cole's tenure, the Warriors have won or tied for the Cascades Conference Championship seven times, made the playoffs 13 of the last 14 years, have reached the regional finals five times and the MHSAA Division 7 State Finals in 2006. On Friday, September 27, the defending Cascades Conference champion Warriors will host conference rival Michigan Center, a team that knocked them out of the playoffs in a 2018 pre-district game.
High School Football Coach of the Week Program
Each week throughout the 2019 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).
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 2019 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 the Detroit Lions vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on December 15.
Currently in its' 23rd year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week 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 program, contact Chris Fritzsching, Lions' Director of Football Education, at 313-262-2248.