FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Foxborough High School's Jack Martinelli has been named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team's victory over North Attleboro High School last Friday.
Foxborough moved to 5-0 on the season with in the win, notching a 20-13 comeback win over the previously unbeaten North Attleboro squad. Foxborough scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal the victory, which left them atop the Hockomock League standings with Mansfield High, the only other unbeaten team in the league.
Martinelli is in his 24th year as a high school football coach and has compiled nearly 200 wins over that time span. The Warriors finished the 2004 season with a 9-1 record.
This season marks the 10th 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.
Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, who is now the team's football development and promotions director, oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's commitment to youth football initiatives. Each week, Tippett, along with WCVB Channel 5 sports anchor Mike Lynch, will honor the selected coach on the team's weekly magazine show, Patriots All Access. The broadcast airs Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. on WCVB and is followed on Sunday mornings by Totally Patriots, a new youth-oriented football show, at 11:00 a.m.
"Coach Martinelli and his team have proven that hard work and dedication pay off," Tippett said. "They have some other very talented teams in their league, but have proven that they belong in the upper echelon of high school football in the area. Congratulations to Coach Martinelli, his assistant coaches and all of his players for a great start to the 2005 season."
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Foxborough High School's football program in Martinelli's name in recognition of his selection as Coach of the Week. At the conclusion of the season, one of the previous weekly honorees will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year, and will receive a $2,000 contribution to go toward the school's football program.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, Inc. is the non-profit organization through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of both direct grants and in-kind donations, and through player appearances at a number of charity functions and educational programs. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.