The NFL announced today the high school football coaches nominated by the 32 NFL teams for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award, representing the best at the high school level.
These coaches were recognized by their local NFL club for the prestigious award – named after Pro Football Hall of Famer DON SHULA, the winningest coach in NFL history – for their character, integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.
"There are so many coaches across the country who do such great work with their student athletes and I am truly honored to be selected for this prestigious award," said 2018 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year winner GABE INFANTE upon receiving his award. "I am grateful to the NFL and the committee for my consideration."
All Don Shula Award nominees are invited to attend the 2020 Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL and will be recognized in special ways during the NFL's week-long celebration of football. Throughout the week, coaches will receive VIP access and accommodations at various events such as Pro Bowl practices and the Play Football High School Skills Showdown, a chance to interact and engage with various members of the football community and attend the Pro Bowl. Each coach will also have an opportunity to invite a senior on their roster to participate in the Skills Showdown to represent their high school football community.
Two finalists will each receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to their high school's football program. They will also attend Super Bowl LIV in Miami as special guests of the NFL.
The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the 2020 Pro Bowl, airing Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ABC and Disney XD – the third time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks. The winner will also be recognized and walk the red carpet at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on Saturday, Feb. 1 on FOX, the night before Super Bowl LIV.
The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year winner is selected by a panel of distinguished individuals:
Pro Football Hall of Fame President DAVID BAKER
Former Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director and NFL.com contributor GIL BRANDT
Super Bowl XLIV winner and NFL Legends Youth Advisory Committee Member MARK BRUNELL
Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and current NBC analyst TONY DUNGY
Executive Director of USA Football SCOTT HALLENBECK
3-time Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) and NFL Legends Youth Advisory Committee Member WILLIE MCGINEST
2x AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year, current head coach at the Sayre School (Lexington, Kentucky) and NFL Legends Youth Advisory Committee Member CHAD PENNINGTON
Pro Football Hall of Famer, Coach DON SHULA – the winningest coach in NFL history
Below is a full list of the 2019 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees.
|Arizona Cardinals||Jason Mohns||Saguaro High School|
|Atlanta Falcons||Matt Land||Dalton High School|
|Baltimore Ravens||Justin Payne||Parkville High School|
|Buffalo Bills||Bobby Bates||McQuaid Jesuit|
|Carolina Panthers||Jamie Nickles||Abbeville High School|
|Chicago Bears||Mike Noll||Richmond-Burton High School|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Pat McLaughlin||LaSalle High School|
|Cleveland Browns||Steve Trivisonno||Mentor High School|
|Dallas Cowboys||George Teague||John Paul II High School|
|Denver Broncos||Rob Busmente||Sterling High School|
|Detroit Lions||Jim Ahern||Lansing Catholic High School|
|Green Bay Packers||Mike Minick||DeForest High School|
|Houston Texans||Todd McVey||Tompkins High School|
|Indianapolis Colts||Kyle Ralph||New Palestine High School|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Damenyum Springs||Fleming Island High School|
|Kansas City Chiefs||William Lowe||Lincoln College Prep|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Mil'von James||Inglewood High School|
|Los Angeles Rams||Paul Knox||George Washington Prep|
|Miami Dolphins||Eddie Frasier||Dillard High School|
|Minnesota Vikings||Lambert Brown||Wayzata High School|
|New England Patriots||Andrew MacKay||Ashland High School|
|New Orleans Saints||Robert Valdez||St. James High School|
|New York Giants||Barris Grant||Hillside High School|
|New York Jets||Nga Warren||Samuel J. Tilden Educational Campus|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Dwayne Savage||Camden High School|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Bill Cherpak||Thomas Jefferson High School|
|Raiders||Rich Muraco||Liberty High School|
|San Francisco 49ers||Mike Machado||Valley Christian High School|
|Seattle Seahawks||Bill Beattie||Tumwater High School|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||TaVaris Johnson||Lake Wales Charter High School|
|Tennessee Titans||Shawn Witten||Elizabethton High School|
|Washington Redskins||Joe Jones||Ocean Lakes High School|
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