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2015 - Detroit Lions Coach of the Week - Week 8

October 22, 2015 02:34 PM

Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Eddie Ostipow of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern High School the week eight recipient of the 2015 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program.

On October 16, Coach Ostipow directed the Hawks to a 49-12 victory over Cedar Springs to move their record to 8-0.  This victory gives Forest Hills Eastern, ranked #5 in Division 3, its’ first ever OK Bronze Division Championship.  Ostipow is currently in his 22nd year in coaching and third season at Forest Hills Eastern, having also coached at Charlotte for 11 years and East Kentwood for 3 years.  Ostipow’s record at Forest Hills Eastern in 16-10.  This Friday, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern goes on the road to take rival Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern in their regular season finale. 

In terms of player health and safety, all Forest Hills Eastern student-athletes in grades 9-12 are administered a baseline ImPact test, the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system.  The football student-athletes also wear Guardian Caps during practice, a one-size fits all helmet cover worn on any current football helmet to reduce the force of impact by increasing the time of deceleration upon impact.

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 (    

This 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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