Brad Zube of Ortonville-Brandon High School named the Detroit Lions Coach of the Week

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The Detroit Lions have named Brad Zube of Ortonville-Brandon High School the week four recipient of the 2021 High School Football Coach of the Week Program. Zube’s Blackhawks defeated Flint Metro League opponent Clio 55-0 to move their record to 4-0 on the season. Currently, Ortonville-Brandon is ranked #4 in Division 4.

Zube is in his 26th year in coaching and 6th season as head coach at Ortonville-Brandon. During this time, Zube has led the Blackhawks to five consecutive playoff berths (school streak currently 6 consecutive seasons), the longest in school history. He has a record of 42-13 (76.4%) at Ortonville-Brandon and a 72-39 (64.9%) overall. Prior to Ortonville-Brandon, Zube was head coach at Pontiac for two years and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek for four years. He also also had assistant coaching stints at Romeo, Waterford Mott, Waterford Kettering and Notre Dame Prep. Ortonville-Brandon hosts Flint Metro League opponent, 1-3 Owosso on Friday, September 24 during the school’s 4th annual Salute to Service game.

Detroit Lions Football Education sat down with Brad Zube to talk about the importance of using football to recognize front line workers, first responders and military personnel and to inform him of his Coach of the Week selection on Head Coach Hangout

Click here to watch an interview with Coach Zube on the Lions Head Coach Hangout

High School Football Coach of the Week Program

In 2021, during the nine-week Michigan High School football regular season, one coach that best develops his players’ character, discipline, and football skill in addition to emphasizing player health and safety in their program, will be recognized for his commitment to the team, school, and community. Each weekly winner is selected by a panel of high school football media members – Mick McCabe (Detroit Free Press), Hugh Bernreuter (MLive-Saginaw News), Bret Bakita (WOOD Radio-106.9 FM, ESPN 96.1 FM-Fox 17/Grand Rapids), James Cook (Traverse City Record-Eagle), Scott DeCamp (MLive-Muskegon Chronicle) and the Lions Director of Football Education, Chris Fritzsching.

The 2021 program will award $12,000 to aid in the development and promotion of high school football in the state of Michigan, thanks to contributions from the Detroit Lions and the NFL Foundation.

Each winning coach during the regular season receives a $1,000 donation to his school’s football program. At the conclusion of the Michigan High School Football season, the Lions will select the High School Football Coach of the Year. The Coach of the Year receives a $3,000 donation to his school’s football program.

Currently in its’ 25th season, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week/Year program has awarded $467,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan.

For more information on the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week/Year program, contact Chris Fritzsching, Lions’ Director of Football Education, at [email protected].

2021 Detroit Lions Coach of the Week winners

Week 3 – Derek McLaughlin, Riverview

Week 2 – Cary Harger, Oakridge

Week 1 – Greg Vaughan, Traverse City West

All-Time Coach of the Year recipients:

1997-John Herrington, Farmington Hills Harrison, 1998-Thomas Mach, Detroit Catholic Central, 1999-Don Durrett, Saginaw, 2000-Herb Brogan, Jackson Lumen Christi, 2001-John Schwartz, Mendon, 2002-Mike Boyd, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 2003-Scot Shaw, Three Rivers, 2004-Noel Dean, Lowell, 2005-Jack Pratt, Flint Powers, 2006-Tony Annese, Muskegon, 2007-Jim Reynolds, Detroit King, 2008-Peter Stuursma. East Grand Rapids, 2009-Rich Hulkow, Marshall, 2010-Chris Bell, Lake Orion, 2011-Thomas Wilcher, Detroit Cass Tech, 2012-Terry Hessbrook, Ithaca, 2013-Kurt Richardson, Clarkston, 2014-Dan Rohn, Grand Rapids West Catholic, 2015-John Shillito, Zeeland West, 2016-Elliot Uzelac, Benton Harbor, 2017-Mike Giannone, Warren De La Salle, 2018-Rick Bailey, Reading, 2019-Jim Ahern, Lansing Catholic, 2020-Rob Zimmerman, DeWitt

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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.