Indianapolis – Bart Curtis of Warsaw Community High School has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Indianapolis Colts announced today.
Curtis was nominated and selected for the award after leading his unranked, upstart Tigers to a 20-19 road win over Class 5A No. 4 Michigan City.
This season marks the 20th year the Colts are recognizing outstanding high school football coaches throughout the state. Each week following a high school football weekend, one coach will be announced as the honoree.
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 the team, school and community, as well as the team's performance. The honorees are selected by a panel of football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from across the state.
At the conclusion of the high school season, each winning coach 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.
The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 2:
- Region 1: Darren Rodriguez – Portage
- Region 2: Pete Kempf – DeKalb
- Region 3: Troy Burgess – Frontier
- Region 5: Alex Stewart – Western
- Region 6: Carter Whitson – Martinsville
- Region 7: Dave Pasch – Indianapolis Lutheran
- Region 8: Kyle Ralph – New Palestine
- Region 9: Ross Fuhs – Forest Park
- Region 10: Ross Fuhs – Forest Park