Coach of the Week

Tim Bless of Columbus North High School in Columbus, IN has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Coach Bless was selected after the Bulldogs earned their fourth win of the 2014 season with a 31-28 upset victory over Class 6A No. 6 Southport Cardinals.

The 2014 season marks the fifteenth 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. Coach Pagano will also announce each week's winner in his weekly press conference.

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 9:

Region 1- Jeff Cain - Whiting

Region 6- Brad Rose - Martinsville

Region 2- Phil Jensen - Warsaw

Region 7- Steve Moorman - Shortridge

Region 3 – Doug Dinan - Carroll

Region 8- Mike Roeder - Northeastern

Region 4 – Mike Zehner - Rochester

Region 9- Todd Wilkerson – Heritage Hills

Region 5 – John Hochstetler – Monroe Central

Region 10- Winner

For more information, please contact Phil Andrews of the Indianapolis Colts at (317) 808-5322.  Tim Bless is also available for questions/comments at 812-603-8101.Additional information on the program may be found at Colts.com/MyIndianaFootball

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