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Inaugural Coach of the Year Award

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Twenty-eight football coaches from across the country have been named as nominees for the inaugural Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award.

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This new award was created to honor exemplary football coaches at all levels of the sport that display the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula.

The coaches were nominated by NFL teams and by USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels. Nominees are active football coaches at NFL, college, high school and youth levels. They were chosen for their character and integrity, inspirational leadership, commitment to the community, and on-field success.

The Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award selection panel is comprised of Coach Shula; NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL; former Indianapolis Colts Coach and current NBC analyst TONY DUNGY; Former Raiders Coach and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame JOHN MADDEN; General RAYMOND ODIERNO, Commander, United States Joint Forces Command; SAM PALMISANO, Chairman, CEO and President of IBM; Former Secretary of State, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business CONDOLEEZA RICE; and AARON THOMAS, Athletic Director at Aplington-Parkersburg High School and son of the school's late football coach Ed Thomas.

"I am honored that the NFL has put this award in my name. I think it is great that we are recognizing coaches from all levels—high school, collegiate and professional," said Shula. "Congratulations to all of the nominees, and I look forward to presenting the first annual award at this year's Super Bowl in North Texas."

The national Shula Award winner will receive $25,000 and be invited to the Super Bowl, where he will be recognized at a press conference.

Atlanta Falcons

Ron Gartell

High School

Stephenson High School
Stone Mountain, GA

Baltimore Ravens

John Harbaugh

NFL

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Tom Goddard

High School

Clarence High School
Clarence, NY

Carolina Panthers

Mike Ayers

College

Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC

Chicago Bears

Scott "Reggie" Medinger

Youth

Cary Junior Trojans
McHenry, IL

Cincinnati Bengals

Dale Mueller

High School

Highlands High School
Fort Thomas, KY

Cleveland Browns

Todd Filtz

High School

Maple Heights High School
Cleveland, OH

Denver Broncos

Dave Logan

High School

J.K. Mullen High School
Denver, CO

Detroit Lions

John Herrington

High School

Farmington Hills Harrison High School
Farmington, MI

Green Bay Packers

Gerald Sinz

High School

Edgar High School
Edgar, WI

Houston Texans

Ray Seals

High School

Madison High School
Houston, TX

Indianapolis Colts

Rick Wimmer

High School

Fishers High School
Fishers, IN

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kevin Sullivan

High School

Atlantic Coast High School
Jacksonville, FL

Kansas City Chiefs

Mel Tjeerdsma

College

Northwest Missouri State University
Martville, MO

Miami Dolphins

George Smith

High School

St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Minnesota Vikings

Ron Stolski

High School

Brainerd High School
Brainerd, MN

New England Patriots

Ian Cotterell

Youth

Brookline-Jamaica Plain Patriots
Boston, MA

New Orleans Saints

Sean Payton

NFL

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

Tom Coughlin

NFL

New York Giants

New York Jets

Clayton Kendrick-Holmes

College

SUNY Maritime Privateers
Bronx, NY

Pittsburgh Steelers

Bob Jacoby

High School

Bishop Canevin High School
Pittsburgh, PA

St. Louis Rams

Cliff Ice

High School

Webster Groves High School
St. Louis, MO

San Francisco 49ers

Ken Perelta

High School

Marin Catholic High School
Kentfield, CA

Seattle Seahawks

Pete Carroll

NFL

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Raheem Morris

NFL

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Mike Heimerdinger

NFL

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

Mark Burke

High School

Model Secondary School for the Deaf
Washington, DC

USA Football

Tom Sappington

Middle School

Hastings Middle School
Columbus, OH


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