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USA Football announces winning coaches - #ThanksCoach

Beginning back in August, in an effort to recognize coaches across the country who have gone "above and beyond for the game" USA Football set out on a mission to find coaches who are doing a great job of teaching the life lessons that football imparts on its player.

According to the USA Football release:

The Thanks Coach program honors coaches who have inspired their players to be better, work harder and attain more. With more than 1,000 nominations, there are no shortage of coaches around the country who are making a significant impact on the lives of young people.

In their quest, USA Football found ten finalists and two grand prize winners ranging from youth coaches, to high school coaches (and some that juggle both) and guys that come from coast to coast, from California to Maryland, and all the way out in Japan.


Grand Prize Winners:


School or Organization


Eric Harris

Douglas Freeman HS and Glen Allen Ravens Youth League

Henrico County, VA

Isaac Williams

Miami Police Athletic League

Miami, FL

10 Finalists:


School or Organization


Darrell Alt

Green State Academy HS

Baltimore, MD

Jerrold Gilbert

Meadowdale Wee Lions and Belmont HS

Dayton, OH

Sammy Gutierrez

Tamiami Colts Pop Warner League

Miami, FL

Brendan Keegan

Nashau Police Athletic League

Nashua, NH

Ron Krause

Temecula Valley Pop Warner

Temecula, CA

Rob Scheidt

Merced HS

Merced, CA

Bob Schembre

Mid-East Missouri Home School Football Association

St. Louis, MO

Lonny Schraeder

Sacred Heart HS

Hattiesburg, MS

Chris Stephenson

Mount Dora HS

Mount Dora, FL

Jason Stravers

Okinawa Youth Football

Okinawa, Japan

Head over to the full release from USA Football to learn more each of the finalists and the Grand Prize winners.