The Washington Redskins announced today that head football coach Fred Birchett of Lancaster High School in Lancaster, VA has been named Redskins High School Coach of the Week for the week of November 1, 2010.
The Redskins High School Coach of the Week program is designed to recognize and reward excellence in high school football coaching.
Coach Birchett has been coaching football for over 27 years with this season being his third season as head coach at Lancaster High School. During his career, he has received numerous football coaching awards including Virginia High School Coaches Association State Football Coach of the Year (1997), Coach of the Year, Touchdown Club of Richmond (1997, 1999 and 2001) and Virginia High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year- East (2003). The Red Devils are currently 7-1.
Off the field Birchett also serves as Lancaster's Athletic Director and is a valued member of the school's community. According to Principal Lori Watrous, Coach Birchett motivates his students by emphasizing the concept of being a team. He expresses a genuine concern for the students and considers it his responsibility to provide student-athletes with the tools for academic and team success. It is because of his dedication and willingness to provide support to his student-athletes through conducting study halls, monitoring grades, and working with volunteers to mentor students for SAT's, that both Coach and his student-athletes are successful on and off the field.
Each week during the 2010 high school football season the Redskins will select one area high school head coach as the Redskins High School Coach of the Week. The selection is based on the coach's continuing commitment towards promoting youth football, developing motivated student-athletes, his overall community involvement and overall team performance and record.
Each of the coaches chosen throughout the high school season will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Youth Football Fund to their football program and a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen.