Just three days after his players helped pick up the Division 4A state title with a 22-20 double-overtime win over Madison Park at Gillette Stadium, Cathedral coach Duane Sigsbury was being honored again for his achievement.
Patriots Hall of Fame player Andre Tippett, the team's executive director of community affairs, named Sigsbury the Patriots Coach of the Week Tuesday at Cathedral High School.
"The Cathedral players and coaches have shown tremendous focus, determination and work ethic in making it to back-to-back Super Bowls," Tippett said. "These traits paid off on Saturday as they battled the weather and a strong opponent on their way to a thrilling double-overtime victory. I enjoyed visiting with the Panthers as they continue to celebrate their milestone accomplishment. The Patriots are pleased to reward coach Sigsbury and Boston Cathedral with a donation to the football program and we congratulate them on their Super Bowl championship."
Along with the plaque presented, Sigsbury and Cathedral was also awarded a $1,000 check by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation to go toward the school's football program. Sigsbury says that money will go directly towards buying the players their Super Bowl rings and jackets.
The honor, bestowed to one coach every week throughout the high school football season on behalf of the Patriots organization, was coach Sigsbury's first ever.
"For the Patriots and the Kraft family to do this for us is unbelievable, and surreal for me," said Sigsbury. "I don't like personal awards, I'm here for the kids, but to get that from Andre Tippett and the New England Patriots is quite an honor. And the $1,000 will really go to a good use."
And even though the honor was all Sigsbury's, the humble coach could not take all the credit for the spectacular season and success the Panthers had during their banner year, finishing 11-2.
"This is a surreal honor, but I'm glad I got to share this with my great coaching staff," he said. "It's easy to be a head coach and dictate orders, but these guys took everything that I asked them to do and did it. Without them, we wouldn't be where we are today."
Sigsbury was very confident his team would win the Division 4A Super Bowl, even as the game went down to the wire.
"I always knew [we'd win the game]," Sigsbury said. "I felt comfortable during the game, because of how we were moving the ball and having success at it. I just had this feeling inside that I knew these kids were destined for this."
The Patriots, with the high school football season over, will name one high school coach the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year who will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.
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