Coach Bobby Bates nominated for Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award

2019 DON SHULA NFL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

The NFL announced the high school football coaches nominated by the 32 NFL teams for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

These coaches were recognized by their local NFL club for the prestigious award — named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history — for their character, integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player protection and on-field success.

“There are so many coaches across the country who do such great work with their student-athletes and I am truly honored to be selected for this prestigious award,” said 2018 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year winner Gabe Infante upon receiving his award. “I am grateful to the NFL and the committee for my consideration.”  

All Don Shula Award nominees are invited to attend the 2020 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla. and will be recognized during the NFL’s week-long celebration of football. Coaches will have VIP access and accommodations at events including Pro Bowl practices and the Play Football High School Skills Showdown, a chance to interact with members of the football community and attend the Pro Bowl.

Each coach will have an opportunity to invite a senior from his roster to participate in the Skills Showdown.

Two finalists will each receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to their high school’s football program. They will also attend Super Bowl LIV in Miami as guests of the NFL.

The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the 2020 Pro Bowl, Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ABC and Disney XD. This marks the third time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks. The winner will also be recognized and walk the red carpet at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special the night before Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 1 on FOX.

The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year winner is selected by a panel of distinguished individuals:

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker
  • Former Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director and NFL.com contributor Gil Brandt
  • Super Bowl XLIV winner and NFL Legends Youth Advisory Committee Member Mark Brunell
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy
  • Executive Director of USA Football Scott Hallenbeck
  • 3-time Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) and NFL Legends Youth Advisory Committee Member Willie McGinest
  • 2x AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year, current head coach at the Sayre School (Lexington, Kentucky) and NFL Legends Youth Advisory Committee Member Chad Pennington
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula — the winningest coach in NFL history

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