Atlanta Falcons name Alicia Barton of Shaw High School as their High School Coach of the Week

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Shaw High School head girls’ flag football coach Alicia Barton is making history this week. Barton is this week’s Atlanta Falcons High School Football Coach of the Week, which makes her the first-ever girls’ flag football coach to be given the honor.

At the 2019 boys’ state football championships, the Falcons and the Georgia High School Association announced that girls’ flag football was becoming an officially sanctioned sport in the state thanks to a donation from the team and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. In 2019, 52 schools across the state participated in flag football with more than 800 girls taking the field.

2020 Atlanta Falcons High School Coach of the Week Winners

Week 8 – Joshua Moore, B.E.S.T. Academy

Week 7 – Chris Slade, Pace Academy

Wee 6 – Matt Hilmerich, Johns Creek

Week 5 – James Lal, Stone Mountain

Week 4 – Pete Wiggins, Callaway

Week 3 – Bill Stewart, North Gwinnett

Week 2 – Jaybo Shaw, Rabun County

Week 1 – Barrett Davis, Southeast Bulloch

As part of the Coach of the Week program, the NFL and Atlanta Falcons will recognize ten head high school varsity football coaches across the state of Georgia for their hard work and dedication to making a difference in student-athletes lives on and off the field. Each winning head coach will receive a $1,000 grant for their football program, a commemorative Atlanta Falcons item and recognition from the Atlanta Falcons.

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.