NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans announced today that Shawn Jackson, head football coach of Obion County Central High School (OCCHS) in Troy, Tenn. has been named Titans High School Football Coach of the Week. By defeating South Gibson High School 40-14, the Obion Rebels improved their record to 7-0, a record last achieved 51 years ago. In addition OCCHS, has only had 10 winning seasons and one playoff win in the school's history.
"Coach Jackson is a motivator and will give a student every opportunity to be successful," said Obion County Central Principal, Linda Crigger. "Coach Jackson is receiving more interest and our program has grown because of his personal interest and what he offers to Obion County Central. He and his staff have done a tremendous job in making this football program more successful than is has been in years."
Through the Titans Foundation, team Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Obion County Central High School football program in Coach Jackson's honor.
"High school football enjoys a great tradition in Tennessee," said Adams. "That tradition is based not only on the outstanding quality of play but on the devotion of their coaches who continue to develop high school football players into young men of strong character. I'm very pleased to underwrite this program that recognizes the efforts of so many talented high school coaches across the state!"
Coach Jackon will be the team's guest at the Titans vs. New Orleans Saints contest on December 11th when the Titans honor all 2011 Coach of the Week winners. On that date, the Titans will also announce the winner of the 2011 Coach of the Year, who will earn a $2,000 grant for his football program.
Also receiving strong consideration in this week's poll, with outstanding performances, were Ralph Potter of Brentwood High, who defeated top-ranked Baylor 10-7 and Stacy Carter of Science Hill, following his team defeating rival Sullivan South 47-14, avenging losses of four previous contests.
Now in its 12th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $142,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week winners.
The criterion for selection includes the coach's impact on his team, school and community. A statewide media panel votes each week to determine the weekly winner. All high school football coaches in Tennessee, regardless of their school's size, league, or division, are eligible to be selected each week. The program is designed to recognize high school coaches who transform, through their hard work and dedication, student-athletes into the best possible football players and citizens in their community.