Whitko Head Football Coach Wayne Swender has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Swender was selected after his Wildcats took control of the Three Rivers Conference with a 27-24 overtime win over Rochester.
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.
The Wildcats took control of the Three Rivers Conference with a 27-24 overtime win over Rochester. Whitko also clinched at least a share of the conference title for the first time since 2002. D.J. Fouce paced the offense with three touchdown runs, and Scott Skiles caught the deciding touchdown in overtime from Alex Stoddard on a 10-yard connection. Despite four turnovers, the Wildcats still amassed 17 first downs and a total of 306 total yards.
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 the NFL Youth Football Fund. 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 6– Larry McWhorter, Zionsville
Region 2 – Bob Holmes, Bremen Region 7- Justin Dixson, Decatur Central
Region 3 – Jared Sauder, Leo Region 8- Darrin Fisher, Whiteland
Region 4 – Shaun Wines, Clinton Prairie Region 9 – Mike Goebel, Evansville Mater Dei
Region 5 – Winner Region 10- Brian Glesing, Floyd Central
For more information, please contact Casey Bolsega of the Indianapolis Colts at (317) 808-5149. Wayne Swender is also available for questions/comments at 260-723-5146 x7508.