Each of the National Football League’s 32 teams nominated a head coach from its area as the Don Shula High School Coach of the Year. The nominees are selected for coaches “who embody the character, spirit and integrity of Coach Shula,” according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Each nominee will take part in a week of activities at the Pro Bowl, leading up to the league’s all-star game in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 29. Two coaches will received $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, with $10,000 earmarked for his high school’s football program.
The winner will be announced during the third quarter of the Pro Bowl and honored at a news conference during Super Bowl Week in Houston, Texas.
The selection panel consists of Shula, legendary head coach of the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Colts, Peyton Manning, Michael Strahan, Hall of Fame president David Baker, former Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice, famed Dallas Cowboys scouting guru Gil Brandt, former coach Tony Dungy and others.
Summerville’s John McKissick is the only South Carolina winner of the national award, having been selected in 2011.
Begun as the Don Shula National Coach of the Year in 2010, the award has been open only to high school coaches since 2011, the year McKissick won it. In its first year, the Panthers’ nominee was Mike Ayers of Wofford College.
Shula is the winningest coach in NFL history.