Foxborough, Mass. – Watertown High School's John Cacace has been named this week's New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team's 31-22 playoff victory over Triton on Friday, Nov. 1 at Triton Regional High School. Trailing 15-14 after three quarters, the Raiders scored 17 points in the final frame to earn their first playoff victory in school history. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Watertown High School's football program in Cacace'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 Cacace's team on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Watertown High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the Patriots weekly television magazine show, "Patriots All Access," which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.
This is the 18th 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.
"Congratulations to Coach John Cacace and his team," Tippett said. "Watertown High School showed great mental toughness by erasing a fourth-quarter deficit against a talented Triton team to earn the first playoff victory in the history of their program. This was a historic win for the Raiders."
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.
For the third straight year, Tippett will take the award on the road so he can visit the schools that benefit from the program. This year is also the third 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.