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Natick High School's Tom Lamb Named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Natick High School's Tom Lamb has been named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his 200th career victory last week.

Natick moved to 6-0 on the season with in the milestone victory, notching a 28-13 victory over Wellesley last Sunday. Lamb is just the 28th coach in Massachusetts history to reach the 200-win mark. The Redmen are now the lone unbeaten team in the Bay State Conference Herget Division.

Lamb previously coached at Natick High from 1977-1990, winning 111 games, including three Super Bowls (1982, 1983 and 1985) and perhaps most notably coaching current Patriots quarterback Doug Flutie. He then served as the offensive coordinator under Barry Gallup at Northeastern University from 1991-1994, before leaving to become the head coach at Norwood in 1995. Four years ago, he returned to Natick to serve as the football coach and athletic director.

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 Lamb has reached a tremendous career milestone with his 200th victory," Tippett said. "His players and coaches work hard for him, and that is obvious not only by his career mark, but also by his team's undefeated record this season. Congratulations to Coach Lamb, his staff and players for a great start to the 2005 season."

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Natick High School's football program in Lamb'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.

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