Every week for the past 15 seasons, the New England Patriots have joined the NFL in awarding a high school football coach of the week for an astounding achievement or milestone by inviting the coach and his captains to the team's stadium.
This year, in its 16th season honoring high school football coaches, Andre Tippett and the Patriots will travel to each school to hand out the award and donate $1,000 toward the school's football program while filming a weekly segment for "Patriots All-Access" to be aired on WBZ-TV 7 p.m. Fridays.
“We thought it would be fun this year to take the weekly award on the road and actually visit the schools that will benefit from this program,” said Tippett in a statement, who oversees the program through the Patriots Charitable Foundation. “I look forward to the coaches being recognized by their team, their colleagues and others in the school community, and for all of those people to have a chance to be seen on ‘Patriots All Access.’ ”
At the end of the high school football season, one coach will be named the New England Patriots high school football coach of the year and receive an additional $2,000 contribution from the team.
And new this year as well, the Patriots are accepting nominations for the coach of the week. Nominations can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Zuri Berry can be reached at email@example.com. You can follow him on Twitter @zuriberry.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail email@example.com.