Rodney McLain of Poteet High School is the 2020-21 Dallas Cowboys Whataburger Coach of the Year. In 2020, McLain led Poteet to an 8-3 record, a three-win improvement from McLain’s first year in 2019.
McLain is one of 32 nominees in the running for the prestigious Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.
Congrats to @RalphHPoteetHS HC Rodney McLain for being named the #DallasCowboys‘ nominee for the 2020-2021 NFL Don Shula HS Coach of the Year 🏆.— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) July 2, 2021
McLain was selected for the dedicated service he brings to his team, school & community through character, leadership & outreach. https://t.co/COsZLzfPQy pic.twitter.com/5bPCYzH8bF
Two finalists will be selected and a winner will be announced this summer. Nike, a presenting partner, and the NFL Foundation will award $12,500 to the Don Shula Award winner while the associated High School football program will be awarded $17,500. The second finalist will receive $7,500 while the associated High School football program will be awarded $12,500. In addition, the other 30 finalists will receive $1,000 each.
Over the course of the 2020 high school football season, the Dallas Cowboys and Whataburger recognized 12 local coaches making an impact on their team, school and community. As part of their recognition, each coach received a $2,000 grant courtesy of Whataburger and the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation for his football program.
New in 2020, student-athletes were able to nominate their head coaches to be recognized as Coach of the Week by completing the nomination form by clicking here.
2020 Dallas Cowboys Whataburger Coach of the Week Winners
Todd Rodgers – Argyle HS
Drew Sells – Pantego Christian Academy
Dustin Blann – Community HS
Bobby Estes – North Dallas HS
Jon Kitna – Burleson HS
Bill Poe – Northwest HS
Channon Hall – Mansfield Summit HS
BJ Rider – Adamson HS
Rodney McLain – Poteet HS
Brandon Schmidt – Prosper HS
Rodney Webb – Denton Guyer HS
Jeff Harbert – Frisco HS
The 2020 season marked the 26th year the Dallas Cowboys honored high school football coaches with the Coach of the Week program. The program spans the length of the high school football season and is designed to aid and promote high school football and the development of youth football. The goal of the Coach of the Week program is to give high school football coaches the recognition they deserve and provide schools financial assistance to maintain and upgrade their football programs. Over the life of the program, the Coach of the Week program has provided more than 265 grants totaling more than $425,000 to area football programs.
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