George Gilbert of Tri-Central High School has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Coach Gilbert was nominated and selected for this award after Tri-Central defeated Eastern Hancock 20-10 in the Class 1A State Championship to earn the school's first ever state title.
In just his fifth season as head football coach for the Tri-Central Trojans, the program has gone from winless (2009) to State Champions (2013). The success of the Tri-Central program is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of Coach Gilbert, his players, and the entire Tri-Central community.
The 2013 season marks the fourteenth year the Indianapolis Colts will be recognizing outstanding Indiana High School football coaches through the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
All high school head coaches in the state of Indiana are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach's impact on his team, school and community, as well as performance of the team. The honorees are selected by a panel of high school football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from all regions of the state. Each Monday, following a high school football game weekend, one head coach will be announced.
At the conclusion of the high school football season, each winning coach will receive a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school's athletic fund.
The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 11:
Class 1A - Winner
Class 1A - Pat Echeverria - E. Hancock
Class 2A - Ty Hunt - Ritter
Class 2A - Aaron Tolle - Tipton
Class 3A - Phil Mason - Andrean
Class 3A - Mic Roessler - Brebeuf
Class 4A - Bob Gaddis - Columbus East
Class 4A - Chris Svarczkopf
Class 5A - Rick Strieff - Cathedral
Class 5A - Jake Gilbert - Westfield
Class 6A - Jayson West - Warren Central
Class 6A - Kevin Wright - Carmel
For more information, please contact Phil Andrews of the Indianapolis Colts at (317) 808-5322. George Gilbert is also available for questions/comments at 765- 249-2255 ext. 203. Additional information on the program may be found at Colts.com/MyIndianaFootball