Fans can vote for the 2021 Detroit Lions High School Football Coach of the Year

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The National Football League‘s Detroit Lions are giving fans a say in the winner of the 2021 Detroit Lions Coach of the Year award. Between now and Saturday (November 27), fans can cast their vote for eighteen finalists vying for a $3,000 donation to his school’s football program. In addition the winner will be the Lions nomination for the Don Shula NFL High School Football Coach of the Year award.

The finalist are the 16 coaches playing for state championships Friday and Saturday at Ford Field, home of the Lions, plus the two 8-man state champs.

The coach with the most votes from the general public vote will receive one vote to go along with five media panelist votes to determine a winner. The media panelist are: Mick McCabe (Detroit Free Press), Hugh Bernreuter (Saginaw News), Bret Bakita (WOOD Radio-106.9 FM, ESPN 96.1 FM-Fox 17/Grand Rapids), James Cook (Traverse City Record-Eagle) and Scott DeCamp (CatchMark SportsNet).

In the case of a tie, the Detroit Lions’ Director of Football Education will be the deciding vote.

Voting closes Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern.

2021 Detroit Lions Coach of the Year Finalists

Jim Baker – Lansing Catholic Central

Leo Borzinski – Powers North Central

Jermaine Crowell – Belleville

Brad Gross – Beal City

John Guth – Warren Michigan Collegiate

Todd Kolster – Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Josh Lucas – Chelsea

Jeremy Miller – Pewamo-Westphalia

Tony Patritto – Rochester Adams

Dan Rohn – Warren De La Salle Collegiate

Daniel Rogers – Hudson

Eric Schugars – Traverse City Central

Tyrone Spencer – Detroit Martin Luther King

Craig Tibbe – Hudsonville Unity Christian

Wade Waldrup – Lawton

William Wilharms – Andrian Lenawee Christian

Rob Zimmerman – DeWitt

Click here to cast your vote

During each week of the nine-week Michigan high school football regular season, the media panel (above) also selected a Lions’ Coach of the Week. The winner is saluted for developing his players’ character, discipline, and football skill, in addition to emphasizing player health and safety.

All winners received a certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Dan Campbell and National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell as well as acknowledgement at an in-game ceremony on December 19 when the Detroit Lions take on the Arizona Cardinals.

2021 Detroit Lions Coach of the Week winners

Week 9 – Tom Marchese – Vicksburg

Week 8 – Tyrone Spencer – Detroit King

Week 7 – Jeremy Ferman – North Branch

Week 6 – Bill DeFillippo, Livonia Churchill

Week 5 – Tim Swore, Carson City Crystal

Week 4 – Brad Zube, Ortonville-Brandon

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 Fisher
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.