The 2009 season marks the twelfth 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 Hammond Morton Governors beat the Griffith Panthers Friday night, 20-0. The Governors had never beaten the Panthers, let alone shut them out. It was behind the coaching prowess of Coach Richards that this feat was possible. This is Coach Richards eleventh year coaching the Governors.
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 Caldwell 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 Jim Caldwell, 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 1:
Region 1 – Winner
Region 2 – Cory Yeoman- Penn
Region 3 – Kyle Beauchamp-FW Elmhurst
Region 4 – Kevin O'Shea- Lafayette Central Catholic
Region 5 – Josh Edwards -Eastern (Greentown)
Region 6 – Jeff Pearson- Western Boone
Region 7 – Rick Streiff - Indianapolis Cathedral
Region 8 – Tim Able - New Palestine
Region 9 – Tony Ahrens- Jasper
Region 10 – Brian Balsmeyer –Paoli