Roncalli High School Head Coach Bruce Scifres has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Scifres was selected after his Rebels defeated cross-town rival Bishop Chatard by a score of 20-16. It was the Rebels first victory over the Trojans since 2004.
The 2010 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.
Roncalli went 47-12 between 2002 and '05, winning three 4A state championships and finishing as runner-up once. But the Rebels had a 21-20 record with a single postseason victory over the past four seasons, and then opened this season 0-2. "This is one of the better victories we've had here in awhile," said Scifres, "just to see them step out and play with the heart that they played with…. We needed this win; this group of kids needed this win."
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 3:
Region 1 Jeff Bean-River Forest Region 6 – Plainfield-Brian Woodard
Region 2 – Elkhart Memorial-Kevin Downey Region 7 – Winner
Region 3 – East Noble-Chris DePew Region 8 – Shenandoah-Scott Widner
Region 4 – Rensselaer Central-Chris Meeks
Region 9 – Evansville Reitz- Tony Lewis
Region 5 – Muncie South-Mike Paul Region 10- Franklin County-Mark Williamson
For more information, please contact Casey Bolsega of the Indianapolis Colts at (317) 808-5149. Coach Scifres is also available for questions/comments at (317-787-8277).