FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Mansfield High School's Mike Redding - the 2003 New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year - has been named the Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team's 7-1 record, including a 24-15 victory last week over North Attleboro High School. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Mansfield High School's football program in Redding's name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.
Coach Redding and his captains - Jamal Marshal, Kyle McGuire, Sean Otto and Anthony Todesco - were guests at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday to receive the award and will be featured on the team's weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 on WBZ-TV in Boston and later on Patriots.com.
This season marks the 15th 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 and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team's executive director of community affairs, oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's commitment to youth football initiatives.
"Coach Redding said the team's mantra is 'control our own destiny' and it is clear that they have taken that to heart, winning a great game against their next door rivals, North Attleboro High School." said Tippett. "Coach Redding and his Mansfield team also understand that success is about team football, and by putting this belief into action they have rolled to an impressive 7-1 record and are undefeated in their division and in their league. The Patriots are proud to present Coach Redding with this week's New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week award. We are happy to be able to reward his team and Mansfield High School with a donation to the football program and we wish them the best going forward."
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.
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.