2009 Marks Lions 13th Season of Honoring Michigan High School Football Coaches
Allen Park, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have named Chris Luma of Hudson as the 2009 week four recipient of the High School Coach of the Week Program.
Luma led his Hudson Tigers to a 35-30 victory over Blissfield on Friday (Sept. 18) to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 5 in Division 7 by the Detroit Free Press.
This is Luma’s 13th season as head coach at Hudson where he has compiled a career record of 96-37 making him the winningest coach in the school’s history. The Tigers have appeared in nine state playoffs and captured a state-runner up (2003) under his guidance.
Luma was also a player at Hudson during its 72-game win streak (1969-75) which was a national record at the time.
This week Luma and the Tigers host Dundee (2-2).
COACH OF THE WEEK PROGRAM
Each week throughout the 2009 nine-week high school regular season, one coach that best develops his players’ character, discipline and football skill will be recognized for his commitment to the team, school and community. The winner is selected by a panel of three newspaper writers -- Mick McCabe (Detroit Free Press), Jane Bos (Grand Rapids Press) and Hugh Bernreuter (Saginaw News).
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 National Football League.
Each winning coach throughout the regular season will receive a $1,000 donation to his school’s football program. All weekly winners will be honored at an awards ceremony during the Lions-Cardinals game at Ford Field on December 20. During the ceremony, the Lions will also introduce the High School Coach of the Year. This year’s Coach of the Year will receive a $3,000 donation to his team’s football program.
In addition to the monetary award, all winners receive a framed certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz and National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell. Winning coaches also receive a personalized game ball, and a Detroit Lions “Coach of the Week” hat.
In its 13th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $246,000 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 Chad Walker at (313) 216-4000.