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NOMINEES NAMED FOR INAUGURAL DON SHULA NFL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD

 

WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED DURING SUPER BOWL WEEK


Twenty-eight football coaches from across the country have been named as nominees for the inaugural Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award.

This new award was created to honor exemplary football coaches at all levels of the sport that display the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula.

The coaches were nominated by NFL teams and by USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels. Nominees are active football coaches at NFL, college, high school and youth levels. They were chosen for their character and integrity, inspirational leadership, commitment to the community, and on-field success.

The Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award selection panel is comprised of Coach Shula; NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL; former Indianapolis Colts Coach and current NBC analyst TONY DUNGY; Former Raiders Coach and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame JOHN MADDEN; General RAYMOND ODIERNO, Commander, United States Joint Forces Command; SAM PALMISANO, Chairman, CEO and President of IBM; Former Secretary of State, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business CONDOLEEZZA RICE; and AARON THOMAS, Athletic Director at Aplington-Parkersburg High School and son of the school's late football coach Ed Thomas.

"I am honored that the NFL has put this award in my name. I think it is great that we are recognizing coaches from all levels - high school, collegiate and professional," said Shula. "Congratulations to all of the nominees, and I look forward to presenting the first annual award at this year's Super Bowl in North Texas."

The national Shula Award winner will receive $25,000 and be invited to the Super Bowl, where he will be recognized at a press conference.

2010 DON SHULA NFL COACH OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

NOMINATED BY NOMINEE LEVEL TEAM
Atlanta Falcons Ron Gartell High School Stephenson High School
      Stone Mountain, GA
Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh NFL Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills Tom Goddard High School Clarence High School
      Clarence, NY
Carolina Panthers Mike Ayers College Wofford College
      Spartanburg, SC
Chicago Bears Scott "Reggie" Medinger Youth Cary Junior Trojans
      McHenry, IL
Cincinnati Bengals Dale Mueller High School Highlands High School
      Fort Thomas, KY
Cleveland Browns Todd Filtz High School Maple Heights High School
      Cleveland, OH
Denver Broncos Dave Logan High School J.K. Mullen High School
      Denver, CO
Detroit Lions John Herrington High School Farmington Hills Harrison High School
      Farmington, MI
Green Bay Packers Gerald Sinz High School Edgar High School
      Edgar, WI
Houston Texans Ray Seals High School Madison High School
      Houston, TX
Indianapolis Colts Rick Wimmer High School Fishers High School
      Fishers, IN
Jacksonville Jaguars Kevin Sullivan High School Atlantic Coast High School
      Jacksonville, FL
Kansas City Chiefs Mel Tjeerdsma College Northwest Missouri State University
      Martville, MO
Miami Dolphins George Smith High School St. Thomas Aquinas High School
      Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Minnesota Vikings Ron Stolski High School Brainerd High School
      Brainerd, MN
New England Patriots Ian Cotterell Youth Brookline-Jamaica Plain Patriots
      Boston, MA
New Orleans Saints Sean Payton NFL New Orleans Saints
New York Giants Tom Coughlin NFL New York Giants
New York Jets Clayton Kendrick-Holmes College SUNY Maritime Privateers
      Bronx, NY
Pittsburgh Steelers Bob Jacoby High School Bishop Canevin High School
      Pittsburgh, PA
St. Louis Rams Cliff Ice High School Webster Groves High School
      St. Louis, MO
San Francisco 49ers Ken Perelta High School Marin Catholic High School
      Kentfield, CA
Seattle Seahawks Pete Carroll NFL Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raheem Morris NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tennessee Titans Mike Heimerdinger NFL Tennessee Titans
Washington Redskins Mark Burke High School Model Secondary School for the Deaf
      Washington, DC
USA Football Tom Sappington Middle School Hastings Middle School
      Columbus, OH

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