NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As part of the Tennessee Titans' ongoing commitment to supporting youth football, the team recognized eleven high school football coaches from across the state as their 2017 Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year award winners on Sunday.
2017 Tennessee Titans Coach of the Week winners
• Kevin Creasy — Oakland HS
• Damon Floyd Bradley — Central HS
• Vic Grider — South Pittsburg HS
• Matt Daniels — Ravenwood HS
• Jason Hoath — Columbia Central HS
• Will Kriesky — Riverdale HS
• Trey Perry — Mt. Juliet HS
• Caine Ballard — Greeneville HS
• Charlie Lansdell — Columbia Academy
• Chris Hughes — Fairview HS
2017 Tennessee Titans Coach of the Year
Cody White — Brentwood Academy
The coaches were honored with a pregame luncheon and recognition ceremony on Sunday. Titans General Manager Jon Robinson addressed and congratulated the group on behalf of the organization, and former Titans Pro Bowl safety Chris Hope presented each coach with his award.
Each Coach of the Week represented the school that won their Tennessee Titans Game of the Week matchup. The Game of the Week initiative was implemented in 2015 to bring schools and communities together by inviting fans to select the Game of the Week via online voting. In three seasons, approximately 2.9 million votes have been cast via TitansOnline.com.
The Coach of the Year was selected by a panel of individuals who follow and cover high school football in the state of Tennessee.
In his sixth season as the head coach at Brentwood Academy, White led his team to a perfect 12-0 record and a third consecutive Division II Class AAA state championship. The Eagles spent the entire season on USA Today's Super 25 list, climbing as high as 6th in the national rankings.
"It was an honor for the Tennessee Titans to recognize Brentwood Academy's special season by selecting me as their Coach of the Year," White said. "Our players, staff, and school community are integral in our success and I am proud to be associated with them. I also am grateful to the Tennessee Titans for being so supportive of HS football in Tennessee. We have a special role as coaches in developing young people and it is vital to keep the game strong. The NFL support is a strong link in keeping the game moving forward."
All eleven coaches recognized on Sunday led their teams to the state playoffs in 2017, with two (Ballard and White) winning the state championship in their respective classes. Collectively, the coaches had a record of 120-22 in 2017.
Each Coach of the Week received a grant in the amount of $1,000 to further develop and enhance his football program. As Coach of the Year, White received a grant in the amount of $2,000. Further, White will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, and will be considered for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award. The winner of this national award, to be announced later this month, receives $10,000 and an additional $15,000 for his high school football program.
To date, the Titans have donated more than $210,000 to deserving high school programs across the state through the Coach of the Week program.