NFL seeks noms for Canada's football coach of the year

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

Know a dedicated Canadian youth football coach who should be recognized?

For the 14th consecutive year, the NFL will honour one such individual as its national coach of the year.

"We encourage anyone who knows a selfless volunteer football coach to visit NFLcoachoftheyear.ca and nominate them for recognition," Dan Quinn, managing director of NFL Canada, said Thursday in a statement.

"This award does not recognize wins and losses. It recognizes the positive impact volunteer coaches can have on young players and their communities."

This NFL program has contributed more than $160,000 over the past 13 years in equipment and facility upgrades to deserving programs.

Any Canadian can nominate a coach by Nov. 1 at www.NFLcoachoftheyear.ca.

As part of the nomination, a short essay "recognizing the positive impact the volunteer high school or community coach has on young players" should be included.

According to NFL Canada, "Nominators are asked to consider how the coach teaches respect, safety, motivation, leadership and appreciation for the game of football when drafting their nominations."

A group comprising Canadian journalists and reps from the NFL and Football Canada will select the shortlist of finalists, to be announced at NFL.com on Nov. 5, followed by the winner and runnersup on Nov. 13.

The NFL will award $5,000 in new equipment to the winning coach's football program, and $2,000 to each of two runnersups'.

The winning coach will also win a trip to Toronto as an honoured guest of the NFL at this year's Vanier Cup celebrations, Nov. 21-23.

Past winners of the NFL Youth Coach of the Year award have resided in Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg, Pickering, Ont., Calgary, Thunder Bay, Ont., Guelph, Ont., Chatham, Ont., Medicine Hat, Alta., Shoal Lake, Man., Melville, Sask., and Grand Prairie, Alta.

twitter.com/JohnKryk

blogs.canoe.ca/krykslants/


Videos

Photos