Chicago Bears name Shepard High’s John Rone as its Week 2 High School Coach of the Week

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John Rone of Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Illinois is the Week 2 Chicago Bears High School High School Coach of the Week. Along with the honor, the Bears will donate $2,000 to the Astros’ football program.

Below is a how Coach Rone is described in a news release from the Bears:

Rone, who was hired as the head coach in January 2018 and is also a Special Education teacher, helped lead the Astros to a 42-8 victory over Harold L. Richards High School (1-1) for the first time in nearly 30 years. The team’s ability to overcome their 41-7 loss to Lemont the week before makes their win at the Bulldogs’ even more impressive. Under Rone’s leadership, the team was able to stay focused and not let one loss impact the future of their season. Prior to joining Shepard, Rone taught and coached at Dwight D. Eisenhower High School for nine years; he is a graduate of Simeon High School in Chicago, played college football at Lakeland College and Austin Peay State University and earned a master’s degree from Chicago State University.

Chicago Bears news release

Shepard improved to 2-1 Thursday night by handing Blue Island Eisenhower its first loss of the season. The Astros won 31-13.

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.

Spring 2021 Chicago Bears High School Coach of the Week Award winners

Week 1 – Matt Purdy, Glenbrook North

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