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2015 - Detroit Lions Coach of the Week - Week 6

October 9, 2015 08:16 AM

Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named co-head coaches Jason Couch & Curt Rienas of Romeo High School the week six recipients of the 2015 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program.

On October 2, Coach Couch and Coach Rienas directed the Bulldogs to a 26-14 victory over Macomb Dakota to run their record to 6-0 and become eligible for the Michigan State Football playoffs for the 12th consecutive season.  Couch and Rienas are currently in their 13th season as co-head coaches, having served as assistants at Romeo for 2 years prior.   This Friday, Romeo, ranked #3 in Division 1, hosts the 2-4 Port Huron Big Reds in a Macomb Area Conference White Division battle.  

In terms of player health and safety, all 24 Romeo football coaches from middle school to the high school varsity program have become Heads up Football certified.  Providing consistent terminology and educational information when it comes to Heads Up Blocking and Tackling, concussion awareness, heat & hydration, proper equipment fitting and sudden cardiac arrest provides for a better and safer experience for the student-athlete. 

Romeo High School also hosts a cancer fundraising football game, providing over $375,000 over the last 7 years to organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the V Foundation who are involved with cancer research and treatment.  

High School Football Coach of the Week Program

Each week throughout the 2015 nine-week 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.  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 Brandenburg (    

image003.jpgThis season’s 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 and presenting partner, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan.

Each winning coach during the regular season will receive a $2,000 donation to his school’s football program.  At the conclusion of the 2015 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.  All winners will receive a certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Jim Caldwell 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’ 19th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $345,000 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 Youth Football, at 313-262-2248.

About Farm Bureau Insurance: Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan was founded in 1949 by Michigan farmers who wanted an insurance company that worked as hard as they did. Those values still guide the company today and are a big reason why they are known as Michigan’s Insurance Company, dedicated to protecting the farms, families, and businesses of this great state. Farm Bureau Insurance agents across Michigan provide a full range of insurance services—life, home, auto, farm, business, retirement, Lake Estate®, and more—protecting nearly 500,000 Michigan policyholders.

About the NFL Foundation: The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game.


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