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Joey Paridaen Of Eastern Greene High School Named Eighth Coach Of The Week For 2017


Joey Paridaen of Eastern Greene High School has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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Coach Paridaen was nominated and selected for this award after the Thunderbirds defeated Class 2A No. 9 Linton-Stockton, 35-12. Eastern Greene have won their first eight games for the first time in school's history.

The 2017 season marks the eighteenth 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.

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 announced. 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 Chuck Pagano, Colts General Manager Chris Ballard and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation.  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: Leroy Marsh – Munster 

Region 6: Desson Hannum – Southmont 

Region 2: Phil Jensen – Warsaw 

Region 7: Ott Hurrle – Scecina

Region 3: Luke Amstutz – East Noble

Region 8: Jordan McCaslin – Shenandoah

Region 4: Chris Meeks – Rensselaer Central

Region 9:  Scott Buening – Southridge

Region 5: Jeff Adamson – Eastbrook  

Region 10:  WINNER

For more information, please contact Phil Andrews of the Indianapolis Colts at (317) 808-5322.  Coach Paridaen can also be reached for questions at 812-760-7380. Additional information on the program may be found at


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