Glenbrook North head football coach Matt Purdy is the Week 1 winner of the Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week Award presented by Athletico Physical Therapy. As a result of the honor, the Bears donate $2,000 to the Glenbrook North football program.
Below is a how Coach Purdy is described in a news release from the Bears:
In his second year as head coach for Glenbrook North, Purdy has faced not only the same COVID-related challenges as high school teams across the country, but also the sudden passing of their quarterback, Dylan Buckner; the 18-year-old died by suicide in January after battling depression. Purdy called on parents and students to come together and support one another after the loss of “an amazing leader, friend, dedicated student and athlete.” Under his leadership, the team played their first game of the season on Friday vs. Evanston Township. Although they fell 48-6, Purdy tweeted a signed photo given to him by the Evanston team and shared that football is more than what happens on the field – it’s a brotherhood and bond that lasts forever. Glenbrook North will play at Glenbrook South (0-1) on Friday.Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week” program was launched in 1996. The “Coach of the Week” program honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline and teamwork abilities.
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