NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans announced today that Brad Conley, head football coach of Gibbs High School in Corryton, TN, has been named as the Titans High School Football Coach of the Week for week ten.
Gibbs' 21-13 victory over Knoxville's Austin-East was secured with a dramatic 30-yard scoring scamper with only 59 seconds remaining in the game.
"I have nothing but praises for Coach Conley," said Gibbs' Athletic Director Jeff Thomas. "Coach Conley embodies everything that defines high school football; he is perfect for our school."
Through the Titans Foundation, team owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Gibbs High School football program in Coach Conley'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 Conley will be the team's guest at the Titans vs. Houston Texans contest on December 19th when the team honors all 2010 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2010 Coach of the Year! Coach Conley 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 Anthony Crabtree of Beech High School. Coach Crabtree led the Buccaneers over Mt Juliet in double overtime 47-44. Another coach receiving support this week was Louis Thompson of Lincoln County High School, who defeated Shelbyville 21-7 to clinch a playoff birth.
Now in its 12th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $135,000 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.