NASHVILLE- Despite the Tennessee Titans dropping their last regular season game at Nissan Stadium to the Houston Texans 34-6, it was a great day for high school coaches that were recognized by the Titan organization.
The Titan organization recognized all ten coach of week winners in a press conference before the Titans game and the they were again recognized at half time. Independence head football coach Scott Blade was named as the Tennessee Titans state coach of the year as his Eagles won the Class 5A state title and was the only undefeated team in the state finishing 15-0.
“It’s such an honor just to be up here with all those other great coaches but to be honored by a great organization like the Titans are is a real blessing,” Blade said. “To be able to share this award with my family and the community.”
By being named the state coach of the year, Blade is now qualified for the Don Shula NFL High School coach of the year award which will be named in January. The winner of that award will receive $10,000 and the high school program will receive $15,000.
“I think this is awesome for the Titan organization to do this for the high school coaches and their programs,” Marshall County coach Thomas Osteen said.
Eight of ten weekly winners attended the ceremony and all were given a framed certificate by the Titans as George Quarles (Week 1 winner, Maryville), Brian Rector (Week 3, Centennial), Mac Bryan (Week 4, Ooltewah), James Counce (Week 5, Henry County), Scott Stidham (Week 6, South Gibson), Scott Blade (Week 7, Independence), Robin Jacobs (Week 9, Brighton) and Thomas Osteen (Week 10, Marshall County) were present and received their awards. Because they were named coach of the week, each coaches football program were given a $1,000 grant from the Tennessee Titans organization.
Besides the framed certificate and the $1,000 grant, the coaches were also fed breakfast at the Titans Touchdown Lounge, given game tickets for their families, were on the field pregame and given a gift bag with Titans apparel.
“This is truly an honor and I made sure I came today because it’s great exposure for not just myself but our program as a whole and I’m grateful the Titans are doing this,” Henry County coach James Counce said.
The overall coaching record for the weekly winners were 110-19 which included a state champion (Independence in 5A), a state runner up (Maryville in 6A), two Semifinal appearances (Marshall County in 4A, Centennial in 5A) and three Quarterfinal appearances in (FRA in Division II-A), and two in 5A (Henry County and Ooltewah).
“The Titans organization is pleased to honor high school coaches across the state of Tennessee who continuously demonstrate hard work and dedication to their football programs and the health and safety of their players,” Tennessee Titans Youth Coordinator Josh Corey said. “The coaches recognized Sunday have achieved outstanding seasons and continue to make a positive impact in their schools and communities. The Tennessee Titans are proud to actively support the growth and development of youth and high school football in our state with initiatives such as the Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year program.”
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