Foxborough, Mass. (October 19, 2011) - Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School's Dave Driscoll has been named this week's New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Week in recognition of his team's 7-0 victory over Wareham High School on Friday, Oct. 14. The game went down to the final seconds and resulted in Driscoll's 200th win. The victory breaks the conference tie between Wareham and Dighton-Rehoboth, as the Falcons moved to 3-0 in the South Coast Conference. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School's football program in Driscoll's name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.
Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team's executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Driscoll and his team on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team's weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com.
This season marks the 16th year in which the Patriots have joined the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's commitment to youth football initiatives.
"I was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit with Coach Driscoll and his players after his 200th win," said Tippett on Tuesday. "Reaching this milestone takes a commitment to preparation, hard work and teamwork. These qualities were on display on Friday night as the Falcons came through with a strong defensive effort to edge their conference rival. The Patriots are proud to present this week's Coach of the Week Award to Coach Driscoll and the Dighton-Rehoboth football program. "
At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school's football program.
In previous years, Tippett has invited the Coach of the Week and senior captains for a visit to Gillette Stadium, but decided to take the award on the road in 2011 so he could visit the schools that benefit from the program. This year is also the first year the Patriots will accept nominations for High School Coach of the Week. Anyone who knows a high school football coach in New England who has a great week or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to submit a nomination at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives. For more information, visit www.patriots.com/community.