The Detroit Lions have named Portage Northern High School head football coach Pete Schermerhorn as Week 2’s Coach of the Week. Schermerhorn has the Huskies off to a 2-0 start after last week’s win over Mattawan. Currently, Portage Northern is ranked No. 4 in Division 2.
Schermerhorn is in his 27th season as head coach at Portage Northern. The Huskies have qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs fourteen times and in seven of the last 10 seasons under Schermerhorn
Last year, Portage Northern won 10-games, the most under Schermerhorn. His career record is 142-114.
High School Football Coach of the Week Program
Each week throughout the 2020 high school football regular season, one coach that best demonstrates success on and off the field, develops 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. The winner is selected by a panel of high school football media members—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 (MLive-Muskegon Chronicle).
This season’s 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 will receive a $1,500 donation to his school’s football program. At the conclusion of the 2020 Michigan High School Football season, the Lions will also select the High School Football Coach of the Year. This season’s Coach of the Year will receive a $3,000 donation to his school’s football program. All winners will receive a certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Matt Patricia and National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell.
Currently in its’ 24th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $455,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan. For more information on the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program, contact Chris Fritzsching, Lions’ Director of Football Education, at [email protected].