Detroit, MI—The Detroit Lions have named George Porritt of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory the week six recipient of the 2012 High School Coach of the Week Program presented by the Michigan National Guard.
Porritt led his Eaglets, the defending Division 3 state champions, to a 24-14 victory over defending Division 2 state champions Birmingham Brother Rice on September 29 to run their record to 5-1. Two weeks ago, St. Mary’s defeated the defending Division 1 state champions Detroit Cass Tech 13-6. Now in his 24th season at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Porritt has a career record of 211-58 and has won 4 football state championships. This Saturday, St. Mary’s will look to improve to 6-1 as they take on Catholic League rival Warren De La Salle on the road at 7 p.m.
In terms of promoting player health and safety within the school, St. Mary’s varsity student-athletes (football, hockey and other contact sports) are provided ImPACT testing prior to the season. ImPACT testing consists of computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and services that are used by medical doctors, psychologists, athletic trainers, and other licensed healthcare professionals to assist them in determining an athlete's ability to return to play after suffering a concussion.
Coach of the Week Program
Each week throughout the 2012 nine-week high school football regular season, one coach that best develops his 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 (107.3 FM-WBBL, Grand Rapids), and Scott DeCamp (Mlive.com/Kalamazoo).
This season’s program will award $22,000 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 and presenting sponsor, Michigan National Guard.
Each winning coach throughout the regular season will receive a $2,000 donation to his school’s football program. All weekly winners will be honored at an awards ceremony during the Lions-Bears game at Ford Field on December 30. During the ceremony, the Lions will also introduce the High School Coach of the Year. This season’s Coach of the Year will receive a $4,000 donation to his team’s football program.
In addition to the monetary award, all winners receive a 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.
Currently in its’ 16th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $290,000 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 Youth Football, at 313-262-2248.