Detroit, MI — The Detroit Lions have named Marty Spencer of St. Ignace LaSalle High School the week seven recipient of the 2012 High School Coach of the Week Program presented by the Michigan National Guard.
On October 5, Spencer led his Saints, currently ranked No. 2 in Division 8, to a 39-6 victory over Pickford to raise their record to 7-0. Now in his 26th season at LaSalle and his 16th season as head coach, Spencer has a career record of 99-59. He has led the Saints to the playoffs in nine seasons, including the last six in a row. This Friday, St. Ignace LaSalle will look to improve to 8-0 as they go on the road to take on Ski Valley North Conference opponent Pellston at 7 p.m.
In terms of promoting player health and safety within the school, LaSalle High School has implemented the Bigger, Faster, Stronger (BFS) program, a total conditioning program for all athletes regardless of sport, age or gender. The BFS Program improves all aspects of athletic performance, including strength, power, speed, agility and flexibility, and as a result, the athletic teams at LaSalle have seen improved results due to their participation in the program.
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.