Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Todd Kolster of Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School the week three recipient of the 2018 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program. Kolster’s Cougars defeated the Zeeland East Chix 17-13 to run their record to 2-1. Grand Rapids CC is currently ranked No. 3 in Division 4. On Friday, September 14, the Cougars travel to Sparta to take on the Spartans (2-1) in an Ottawa-Kent Conference Blue Division game.
Kolster is in his 8th season as a head coach and his 7th overall with Grand Rapids Catholic Central. He has guided the Cougars to two straight Division 4 state championships (2016 & 2017) while also leading the Cougars to the Division 4 state championship in 2010 during his first stint with the program. Kolster’s career record is 66-20 (76.7%). Kolster spent one season as head coach at Jenison High School and was also the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Grand Valley State University for five seasons.
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.