COACH OF THE WEEK HONORED

Coach Leroy Marsh of Munster High School named eleventh coach of the week for 2008.

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The 2008 season marks the eleventh 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.

The Munster Mustangs finished the 2008 season with a 7-4 record. But it's what Coach Marsh's teams do off the field that is also earning him accolades. For over two decades, the Munster football team runs what is arguably one of the most successful Christmas toy drives in Northwest Indiana. This past September, after flooding hit the Munster community, Coach Marsh cancelled practices and helped organize his players and other athletes from around the community in helping fill sandbags.

The Coach of the Week program was designed to recognize high school coaches who transform, through their hard work and dedication to young people, the best available athletes into high potential football players.

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 recognized and announced. Coach Dungy 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 Colts President Bill Polian and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from NFL Charities. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school's athletic fund.

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