2015 Detroit Lions Coach of the Week - Week 3
September 16, 2015 09:10 PM
Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named Matt Koziak of Muskegon Mona Shores High School the week three recipient of the 2015 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program.
On September 11, Coach Koziak led his Sailors (Ranked 3rd in Division 2) to a 31-10 victory over Rockford. Currently in his 16th year of coaching and 5th year as Mona Shores head coach, Koziak took over a football program that had never made the state playoffs. He has since directed the Sailors to two consecutive playoff berths while guiding his team to the Division 2 state finals in 2014. Koziak’s career record is 27-15. This Friday, Mona Shores hosts Caledonia, currently ranked 9th in Division 2.
In terms of player health and safety, Muskegon Mona Shores High School partners with Mercy Health, a West Michigan based medical group that provides full-time athletic training services to Mona Shores student-athletes in grades 7-12. In addition to adhering to all the required MHSAA protocol regarding concussion management and heat and hydration, Mona Shores also provides ImPact baseline testing for all student-athletes in grade 9-12.
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 (Mlive.com/Muskegon).
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.
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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.