Titans Honor Loretto High's Lee Boyd as High School Coach of the Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans announced  today first year head football coach Lee Boyd of Loretto High School in Loretto, Tenn. has been named Titans High School Football Coach of the Week. Coach Boyd's Mustangs defeated longtime rival Mount Pleasant Tigers 14-7, placing Loretto in the playoffs for the first time since 2004 with a 5-5 record. The five victories this season for the school is more than the combined wins of the four previous Mustang's seasons.

"This is his first year and Coach Boyd has done a great job with this program," said Loretta Assistant Principal Greg Swanson. "He has bumped Loretta up from a 2-8 record last season to a 5-5 record and has done wonderful job for us. With a good season of football, it kind of starts the year off right for the entire school year and Coach Boyd has raised expectations at Loretta."

Through the Titans Foundation, team Owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution to the Loretta High School football program in Coach Boyd'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 Boyd 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 were Randy McKamey of Grace Christian School, who defeated South Pittsburg 3-0 in triple overtime and Bart Stowe of Dyersburg High School, who defeated highly-ranked Obion County High, 37-27.

Now in its 12th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $147,000 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.

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