The Washington Redskins announced today that head football coach Jim Patrick of McLean High School in McLean, VA has been named Redskins High School Coach of the Week for the week of September 13, 2010. The Redskins High School Coach of the Week program is designed to recognize and reward excellence in high school football coaching.
Coach Patrick is in his third year as head coach for McLean High School. In 2009, he received the Dolan Award, the school's highest coaching honor and the football team was awarded the Northern Virginia Football Officials Association, Inc. Sportsmanship Award for the Liberty conference. In the past two seasons, Coach Patrick has turned a team that went 0-10 in his first year to a team that made the playoffs in 2009 for the first time in 13 years (considered one of the biggest one year turnarounds in Virginia High School League history). The Highlanders are currently 2-0 this season.
Patrick's dedication extends well beyond the locker room and football field. Last year, Coach Patrick organized a "Hoops for Haiti" fundraising tournament to benefit victims of the devastating earthquake. Other efforts in the community include work with the McLean Mustangs, a youth feeder program. Patrick helps facilitate youth nights for the youth football group in addition to mentoring the youth football coaches. "Coach Patrick takes a level headed approach, not getting too excited about losses or wins. He focuses on improvement each week and that approach works well with our kids and the wins have taken care of themselves. One of the biggest reasons Coach Patrick has been successful is because he genuinely cares about each kid. He is concerned about their academic performance, citizenship and what they will take away from the program when they graduate" says Director of Student Activities, Tom Herman.
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.