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2015 Detroit Lions Coach of the Week - Week 1

September 8, 2015 05:56 PM

Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Dale Harvel of Detroit Martin Luther King High School the week one recipient of the 2015 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program.

Coach Harvel led his Crusaders to a 12-10 victory over defending Division 2 state champion Warren DeLaSalle during the opening weekend of the high school football season.  In his 33th year of coaching, his 30th season at King and 7th year as King’s head coach, Harvel has directed the Crusaders to playoff appearances in each of the last six seasons.  Harvel’s career record is 52-24.  This Friday, King plays at home against Detroit Western in a Detroit Public School League game.   

In terms of player health and safety, Detroit King’s Athletic Training Staff is participating in a Michigan High School Athletic Association pilot sideline concussion testing program aimed at assisting in decision-making regarding the removal of athletes from activity after possible concussion events.  King will be participating in the King-Devick Test, which is a rapid eye movement screening evaluation requiring athletes to read single-digit numbers displayed on a tablet computer in order to detect impairments of eye movement, attention, language, concentration and other symptoms of abnormal brain function. The test is administered on the sidelines during evaluations for suspected head injuries, and the post-injury results are then compared to an athlete’s preseason baseline.   

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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