After going 1-9 in 2009, 2009 is especially special as it's the team's first winning season in four years and their first district championship in school history. Creek Wood's win against Camden Central didn't come easily. First, they had to travel on the road to a traditional hostile environment and then limit the big plays of Camden Central who exceeded their average of 31.8 points per game this season. Both of which were accomplished to give the Red Hawks their signature win in 2009.
"Coach Daniel is a tremendous asset to our school. His work ethic is unbelievable and he is a fantastic role model to our kids and community," said Asst. Athletic Director and Principal Rodney O. Parker. "He'll be proud of the recognition to receive this honor but will quickly give credit to his players, coaches and community because he believes it takes everyone and that the award is a reflection of that."
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Creek Wood High School football program in Coach Daniel'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 Daniel will be the team's guest at the Titans vs. St. Louis Rams contest on Dec. 13th when the team honors all 2009 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2009 Coach of the Year! Coach Daniel is now eligible for the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Year award and Adams will make an additional $2,000 grant to the Titans Coach of the Year winner on that date.
Also receiving strong consideration in this week's poll was Jeff Morris of Milan High School who led his team to a convincing 40-7 victory over Covington to become one step closer to the 13AA district title. Morris' defense is has only given up eight points per game in nine outings and the starting defense hasn't allowed a point since Sept. 4th; Rusty Bradley of Christian Academy of Knoxville who led his team to 14-13 victory over Elizabethton in a inter-regional battle between two of the top Class 3A teams; Phillip Shadowens of Blackman who shocked Brentwood with a 35-27 victory highlighted by Blackman scoring 28 points in the last 8:14 to capture the win.
Now in its 12th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $124,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week winners.
"High school football coaches can play a role in the lives of their players that will have lasting results," said NFL director of football operations Gene Washington. "A competitive spirit, good sportsmanship and character development are some of the issues confronted on a daily basis by football coaches. We are thankful for the many coaches around the country who assume such a demanding role."
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.