49ers center David Baas knows he wouldn’t be where he is today without the help of countless coaches along the way. And one of those coaches, John Sprague, has been named a finalist for the 2010 NFL High School Football Coach of the Year Award.
Baas was one of two NFL players who nominated Sprague, head coach at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Fla.
What Baas remembers most about his high school coach is that “Coach Sprague always cared about how players were doing in every aspect of their lives.”
Sprague is one of five finalists, and the winner will be announced the week of Jan. 23.
Each finalist receives a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for their high school football program. The winner will attend the 2011 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium as a guest of the NFL and receive a $5,000 cash award and a $10,000 grant for his high school football program. All grants will be awarded by the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF).
“Our players come from different backgrounds, regions and life experiences,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “The one thing they all have in common is that they received guidance and learned important life lessons from their high school coaches. These five finalists have dedicated their lives to teaching young players how to become leaders both on and off the field, and we congratulate them and all high school coaches for the roles they play in helping develop the leaders of our game.”
Created in 1995, the award honor coaches who profoundly impacted the athletic and personal development of NFL players.
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