Indianapolis – Mike Kirschner of Mt. Vernon High School has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Indianapolis Colts said today.

Kirscher was nominated and selected for the award after his Class 4A, No. 3 ranked Marauders defeated Class 5A, No. 2 ranked New Palestine 35-22. The Marauders’ fourth straight win ended New Palestine’s 65-game regular season win streak. In addition, the Marauders ended the Dragons overall 30-game win streak.

The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 4:

Region 1:  Brian Parker – Hanover Central Region 6:  Jason Ward – Tri-West Hendricks
Region 2:  Mike Davidson – Mishawaka Marian Region 7:  Kevin O’Shea – Indpls. North Central
Region 3:  Jared Sauder – Leo Region 9:  Sean Coultis – Evansville Central
Region 4:  Shane Fry – West Lafayette Region 10:  Blair Thomas – Salem
Region 5:  Adam Handley – Wabash

This season marks the 21st year the Colts are recognizing outstanding high school football coaches throughout the state.  Each week following a high school football weekend, one coach will be announced as the honoree.

All high school head coaches in the state are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach’s impact on the team, school and community, as well as the team’s performance.  The honorees are selected by a panel of football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from across the state.

At the conclusion of the high school season, each winning coach will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation, as well as a commemorative plaque.  What’s more, Anthem will contribute an additional $1,000 to the school’s athletic fund, as well as a donation of about 2,000 meals to a food shelter of the coach’s choice.

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