Indianapolis – Kyle Ralph of New Palestine High School has been named the 11th Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Indianapolis Colts announced today.
Ralph was nominated and selected for the award after leading New Palestine to a second straight undefeated season with a 27-20 win over Valparaiso to win the Class 5A state championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday. The Dragons also secured the schools second straight football crown and the third since 2014.
The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 11:
|1A||Brian Nay||Lafayette Central Catholic|
|2A||Justin Pelley||Western Boone|
|3A||Rob Doyle||Indianapolis Bishop Chatard|
|4A||John Hurley||Evansville Memorial|
The 2019 season marks the 20th year the Colts are recognizing outstanding Indiana high school football coaches through this program.
All high school head coaches in the state 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 football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from across the state.
Each Monday following a high school football weekend, one coach will be announced as the honoree. At the end of the high school season, each honoree will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation, as well as a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Colts general manager Chris Ballard, head coach Frank Reich and youth football commissioner Mike Prior. What's more, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute an additional $1,000 to the school's athletic fund.