Foxborough, Mass. – North Attleboro High School's Don Johnson has been named this week's New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team's 44-22 victory over defending state champion and divisional foe Mansfield High on Friday, Sept. 26. North Attleboro scored twice on special teams – recording a kickoff return touchdown and a blocked punt return for touchdown while also scoring through the air and on the ground on offense. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to North Attleboro High School's football program in Johnson'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 Johnson and his team on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at North Attleboro High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team's weekly television show, "Patriots All Access", which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.
This is the 19th year in which the Patriots join 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.
"In the 42-22 victory for North Attleboro, you have to appreciate how all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams – played a role in in the Red Rocketeers victory," Tippett said.
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.
This is the fourth year that Tippett has taken the award on the road to visit the schools that benefit from the program. This year is also the fourth 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 to 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.