St. John’s (Shrewsbury) High School’s John Andreoli named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. – After a dominating 52-33 win over Springfield Central on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Division 3 Super Bowl, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) High School’s John Andreoli has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

In their second matchup of the season, having previously defeated Springfield Central 62-39 in September, the Pioneers were led by quarterback Steven Bucciaglia, who threw for 290 yards and three scores, and aided by a running game that found the end zone five times. The Golden Eagles hoped to take the Pioneers by surprise with an onside kick to open the game. However, St. John’s recovered the kick and scored in less than a minute to take the lead – one it never relinquished for the remainder of the afternoon. Though the Golden Eagles narrowed the score to 32-21 at halftime with a touchdown as time expired, the Pioneers responded on the first drive of the third quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run by running back Dan Byers. In a high-scoring fourth quarter in which both teams found the end zone twice, St. John’s was able to maintain control of the game and continue its undefeated season, moving to 11-0 on the year. With the victory, the Pioneers secured their place in the MIAA Division 3 Super Bowl where they will take on North Attleboro at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 2. Before that, they will play St. Peter-Marian in the annual Thanksgiving Day game at Holy Cross at 10:30 a.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Pioneers players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present St. John’s High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Andreoli. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“What a performance by the Pioneers and Coach Andreoli,” Tippett said. “To win in such fashion, especially against the high level of competition in the state playoffs, speaks not only to the team’s talent, but also the great preparation, coaching and leadership of Coach Andreoli and his staff. We wish St. John’s the best as they close out their season on Thanksgiving and in the Super Bowl.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Gatorade, a proud partner of the Patriots, is proud to support local High School Athletics.  Gatorade will provide each week the Patriots Coach of the Week with complimentary product to keep his team hydrated for the rest of the season.

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Stoneham’s Bob Almeida named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

COW_StonehamFoxborough, Mass. – With a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of the North Division 6 championship game, the Stoneham Spartans clinched a 20-18 playoff victory over top-seeded Hamilton-Wenham on Saturday, and head coach Bob Almeida has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week. It is Almeida’s second time to be recognized with this honor.

Stoneham controlled the game early, earning a 6-0 halftime lead and scoring again on the first possession of the second half. However, Hamilton-Wenham used a change at quarterback to spark momentum for the Generals in the third quarter and scored on back-to-back drives after recovering an onside kick to narrow the score to 14-12. With 6:36 remaining in the game, Hamilton-Wenham took its first lead of the day on a 55-yard touchdown pass. But, with its season on the line, the Spartans responded with a 15-play, 63-yard drive, powered by the running back duo of Tre Pignone and Christos Argyropoulos. With 28 seconds on the clock, Argyropoulos punched in a one-yard run for the go-ahead score. With the win, the Spartans advance to their second Final Four in the last three seasons. They will play Middleboro in the Division 6 State semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will take on Littleton High School at Gillette Stadium in the MIAA Division 6 Super Bowl on Saturday, Dec 2.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Spartans players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Stoneham High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Almeida. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“Coach Almeida has done a terrific job directing the program at Stoneham, and last week’s thrilling victory was another example of that,” Tippett said. “His Spartans came together as a team to overcome adversity and battle until the final seconds on the clock, which points to his leadership and the mental toughness he has imparted to his players. Congratulations to Coach Almeida and the Spartans for their exciting win, and we wish them continued success in the playoffs.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Gatorade, a proud partner of the Patriots, is proud to support local High School Athletics.  Gatorade will provide each week the Patriots Coach of the Week with complimentary product to keep his team hydrated for the rest of the season.

Catholic Memorial’s Brent Williams named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. –With a thrilling 21-20 come-from-behind victory over Boston College High School, Catholic Memorial High School’s Brent Williams has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Facing long odds against the top-seeded Eagles of B.C. High in the MIAA Division 1 South Semi-Final, Coach Williams’ squad fell behind 20-0 in the first half before turning the tide late in the game. Senior quarterback Nick Goffredo got the Knights on the scoreboard before the end of the first half and ran in another score from one yard out with less than six minutes remaining in the game to pull the Knights to within a score. Following another defensive stop from a Knights defense that pitched a second-half shutout, Goffredo found fellow senior Jarrett Martin twice for first-down conversions on the final drive setting up a magical ending. With no time left on the clock, Goffredo found Martin once again on a desperation heave towards the end zone from 42 yards out for a miraculous touchdown with no time left on the clock. Junior Will Fay’s ensuing extra point gave the Knights the improbable 21-20 victory. Up next for Catholic Memorial is a showdown against Xaverian Brothers High School this Friday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m in the MIAA Division 1 South Final.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Knights players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Catholic Memorial High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Williams. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“What an unbelievable comeback from Coach Williams and his Knights.” Tippett said. “To face the jaws of defeat and continue to fight back shows the toughness, resiliency and true character that Coach Williams has instilled in his kids. We wish them the best in their continued playoff run.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Everett High School’s John DiBiaso named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

COW_Everett.jpgFoxborough, Mass. –After capturing his 300th career victory with a dominating win in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North playoffs, Everett High School’s John DiBiaso has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Now in his 26th season patrolling the sidelines for the Crimson Tide, Coach DiBiaso became just the fourth coach in MIAA history to capture 300 career wins following his squads 49-14 victory over St. John’s Prep last week. The Tide jumped all over the Eagles early, scoring 35 seconds into the game on a 77-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Jake Willcox to senior Jason Maitre. From there, the route was on as Everett followed up with three more first quarter scores, including two more touchdown tosses from Willcox to go along with a 47-yard touchdown run from senior running back Kevin Brown to give Everett a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Coach DiBiaso’s squad never looked back, as their 49-14 victory improved their record to 8-0 on the season as they continue their march through the state playoffs. Up next for the Crimson Tide in their pursuit of an undefeated season is a trip to take on Lexington in an MIAA Division 1 North semifinal matchup this Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Hillers players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Hopkinton High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Girard. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“It’s fitting of Coach DiBiaso to earn his 300th career victory in the playoffs, where his Everett program has enjoyed such success over the past quarter-century,” Tippett said. “Joining the elite class of 300-win coaches in MIAA history is another distinguished accomplishment in a career full of them. We wish Coach DiBiaso and Everett High the best in their pursuit of a championship.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Hopkinton High School’s Jim Girard named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. – After leading Hopkinton High School to a perfect 7-0 season and the school’s first Tri-Valley League Championship since 2005, Hillers head coach Jim Girard has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Coach Girard, in his eighth year at the helm, directed Hopkinton to a 12-8 win over Holliston last week, marking the team’s first win over the Panthers since 2008. The Hillers took a first-half lead with a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Kelleher to receiver Will Abbott, and later added a 23-yard field goal off the foot of Robbie Pagliuca. Holliston looked to make a comeback with a touchdown and two-point conversion in the third quarter, but a strong defensive effort by the Hillers, including a safety in the fourth quarter, kept Hopkinton in control. The win over the Panthers concluded a noteworthy regular season for Hopkinton, which included shutout wins over Medway (42-0), Bishop Feehan (14-0) and Norton (27-0), in addition to victories over Wayland, Medfield and Westwood. The Hillers will seek to continue their undefeated season with a first-round playoff matchup at home against Pembroke this Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Hillers players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Hopkinton High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Girard. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“What an impressive season for Coach Girard and the Hillers,” Tippett said. “To go undefeated in regular-season play speaks to the great preparation, attention to detail and commitment to excellence that Coach Girard has imparted to his team. We wish Hopkinton the best as they begin postseason play.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Somerville High School’s Makonnen Fenton named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. –After leading the Somerville Highlanders to a 36-16 upset win over previously undefeated Lynn Classical, Somerville head coach Makonnen Fenton has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Coach Fenton, a former standout running back for the Highlanders, has directed Somerville High to a three-game win streak and a share of first place in the Northeastern Conference’s Central Division standings. The Highlanders, previously a member of the disbanded Greater Boston League, began the 2017 season with a 1-2 mark before earning back-to-back wins on the road, including a 42-0 shutout at Medford. Last week, Coach Fenton’s team hosted the NEC Central-leading Lynn Classical Rams and earned their fourth win of the season behind a three-score performance by quarterback Elijah Jeffreys. The Highlanders scored on their first three possessions, including two touchdown runs by Jeffreys, to take a 21-0 lead at the half. Jeffreys added a third – a 66-yard dash to the end zone – early in the third quarter to keep Somerville in control. Highlanders running back Fred Castin also contributed two touchdowns on the ground. Somerville High’s next matchup will come at Revere High School on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Highlanders players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Somerville High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Fenton. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“Congratulations to Somerville and Coach Fenton on an impressive win on Friday,” Tippett said. “Coach Fenton, once a standout player himself, has demonstrated the leadership and ability to bring the best out of his players and help them rise to the occasion. We wish Coach Fenton and the Highlanders continued success in their first year in a new division.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Lincoln-Sudbury High School’s Tom Lopez named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. – Following the fifth victory of the season for his undefeated Warriors, Lincoln-Sudbury’s Tom Lopez has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Coming off a successful 2016 season in which they won the Dual County League Large championship, Coach Lopez entered his 40th season as Lincoln-Sudbury’s head coach with a revamped squad after graduating 16 of 22 starters last year. This year’s team has picked up right where their predecessors left off, sprinting out to a 5-0 undefeated record in their 2017 campaign. Due to the efforts of junior quarterback Braden O’Connell who threw one touchdown, caught another and rushed for three more scores, the Warriors defeated Wayland High School 45-14 this past Friday to keep their undefeated season alive. The win put Lincoln-Sudbury alone atop the Dual County League Large division standings. Next up for the Warriors is a date with Acton-Boxborough this Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Warriors players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Lincoln-Sudbury’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Lopez. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“It appears to be business as usual for Coach Lopez and the Warriors,” Tippett said. “This team hasn’t skipped a beat on their way to another impressive start to the season. We wish them the best of luck through the rest of their 2017 campaign.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Lynn Classical High School’s Brian Vaughan named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. –After leading the Lynn Classical Rams to a perfect 4-0 start to begin the season, first-year head coach Brian Vaughan has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

Coach Vaughan, a former standout running back from league rival Lynn English, led the Rams to an impressive start with back-to-back victories over Medford High and Malden High by a combined score of 79-7, before notching their third victory; a 12-6 overtime thriller against the Revere Patriots. Last week, Coach Vaughan’s team was able to pull off a 21-19 victory over the Gloucester Fishermen in a nail biter between the two undefeated squads. The Rams jumped out to an early lead behind two touchdown passes from junior quarterback Keith Ridley, while Ridley added another score on a 13-yard run to give the Rams a 21-0 advantage at the half. Despite a late push from Gloucester, the Rams were able to remain unbeaten and atop the Northeastern Conference’s Central Division standings. Next up for the Rams is a date with undefeated Danvers High School this Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Rams players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Lynn Classical High School’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Vaughan. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“What an impressive start for Lynn Classical and Coach Vaughan,” Tippett said. “Jumping out to a 4-0 start under a new head coach shows the Rams have bought into Coach Vaughan’s leadership. We wish them the best in 2017.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Boston College High School’s Jon Bartlett named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

Foxborough, Mass. – After an undefeated 3-0 start to the season for the Boston College High Eagles, head coach Jon Bartlett has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week.

The Eagles opened the season with impressive back-to-back victories, beginning with a 34-7 victory at Andover High followed by a 19-7 defeat over Marshfield, before taking their talent out of state to Jersey City, New Jersey to square off against Hudson Catholic High School. The Eagles cruised to a dominating 30-14 victory over Hudson Catholic last week thanks in large part to the efforts of senior Will Bowen, who tossed two touchdown passes and added a pair of rushing scores to help improve the Eagles record to 3-0 in their 2017 campaign. As the only undefeated team in their league, the Eagles sit atop the standings of the Catholic Conference while earning the No. 3 ranking in the state from the Boston Globe’s high school football rankings.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Eagles players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present Boston College High’s football program with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Bartlett. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 22nd year in which the Patriots joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. The 2017 season marks the seventh year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program.

“Congratulations to the BC High football program and Coach Jon Bartlett on another impressive start to the season and a top state ranking,” Tippett said. “We are honored to recognize their early success and wish Coach Bartlett and his team the best of luck as they navigate the rest of their 2017 campaign.”

At the conclusion of the fall, one of the weekly winners will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive a $2,000 contribution towards the school’s football program.

For the seventh straight year, the Patriots will also be accepting nominations for High School Coach of the Week honors. Those who wish to nominate a high school football coach in New England who leads a team to an exceptional weekly performance or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to send submissions to nominatecoach@patriots.com.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.

Millis-Hopedale’s Dana Olson named Patriots High School Coach of the Year

coy_millis-hopedaleFoxborough, Mass. – As communities collided to demonstrate exactly what can come from hard work, dedication and collaboration, head coach Dana Olson led the Millis-Hopedale Mohawks to the co-operative program’s first-ever state title last weekend, subsequently receiving the honor of being named the 2016 New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year.

The Mohawks were crowned MIAA Div. 4A Super Bowl Champions Saturday afternoon after taking down Maynard High School, 30-18 at Worcester State University. Comprised of students from Millis and Hopedale High Schools, the co-op commenced in the fall of 2009 and the squad has qualified for the MIAA Tournament every year since 2011. Now in his third season as head coach, Olson, assisted by his twin brother, Dale, has also led Millis-Hopedale to three consecutive Tri-Valley League Small titles.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the Millis-Hopedale players and coaching staff Tuesday afternoon to present the Mohawks football program with a $2,000 donation on behalf of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, in honor of Coach Olson. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday night at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 21st year in which the Patriots join the National Football League in honoring local schools and coaches in the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding performances and promotes a strong foundation for youth football across New England. The 2016 season marks the sixth year Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that are honored each week as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives.

“The Millis-Hopedale football team showcased outstanding teamwork throughout the course of this season, ending in a well-deserved Super Bowl Championship,” Tippett said. “We are thrilled to honor Coach Olson and the Mohawks for a remarkable year of success.”

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.