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Paul Funk Named Patriots High School Coach of the Week

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Foxborough, Mass. (October 26, 2011) - Dennis-Yarmouth High School's Paul Funk has been named this week's New England Patriots High School Football Coach of the Week in recognition of his team's 42-0 victory over Cranston (RI) West High School on Friday, Oct. 21. The win marks the school's first 7-0 record since 1960 and gives the Dolphins a 3-0 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dennis-Yarmouth came out on top of a game between two highly ranked border rivals, with No. 6 Dennis-Yarmouth overpowering the third-ranked Division 1 team in Rhode Island.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Dennis-Yarmouth High School's football program in Funk'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 Funk and his team on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Dennis-Yarmouth 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. 28 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 am pleased to present this week's Coach of the Week Award to Coach Funk and the Dennis-Yarmouth football program," said Tippett on Tuesday. "The Dolphins' stingy defense and high-powered rushing attack are a testament to great coaching, hard work and true teamwork. I enjoyed visiting with Coach Funk and his team and wish them success as they continue their historic season."

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 nominatecoach@patriots.com.

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.

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