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 Western Panthers beat the Hamilton Heights Huskies Friday night. The Panthers knocked off the Huskies 38-13 behind Head Coach Alix Engle's coaching prowess. With the win, Western remains unbeaten at 8-0 for the first time since 1989.
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.
The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 8:
Region 1 – John Snyder Chesterton
Region 2 – Bob Miller Fairfield
Region 3 – Toney Bergman Bellmont
Region 4 – Andy Kennedy Lafayette Jefferson
Region 5 – Winner
Region 6 – Greg Barrett North Putnam
Region 7 – Tom Dilley Lawrence North
Region 8 – Eric Moore Center Grove
Region 9 – Doug Hurt Castle
Region 10 – Kevin Roth New Albany