Breaking News: Cardinal Football Head Coach Rich Albonizio Named Finalist for NFL High School Coach of the Year

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Cardinal Football Head Coach Rich Albonizio
Named Finalist for NFL High School Coach of the Year

According to a release from NFL.com:

More than 50 players recognized the coaches who helped shape them during their teenage years by nominating them for the 2010 NFL High School Football Coach of the Year Award  Created in 1995, the award honors coaches who profoundly impacted the athletic and personal development of NFL players.

This year’s finalists and the NFL players who nominated them are:

Coach School City Nominated By
Rich Albonizio Greenwich High School Greenwich, CT JOHN SULLIVAN, Minnesota Vikings
Mark Guandolo Cypress Bay High School Hollywood, FL JON BEASON, Carolina Panthers
Thom McDaniels Solon High School Massillon, OH MARIO MANNINGHAM, New York Giants
Doug Morris San Lorenzo Valley High School Felton, CA ANDY LEVITRE, Buffalo Bills
John Sprague Riverview High School Sarasota, FL DAVID BAAS, San Francisco 49ers
DREW MILLER, St. Louis Rams

“Our players come from different backgrounds, regions and life experiences,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “The one thing they all have in common is that they received guidance and learned important life lessons from their high school coaches. These five finalists have dedicated their lives to teaching young players how to become leaders both on and off the field, and we congratulate them and all high school coaches for the roles they play in helping develop the leaders of our game.”

A blue-ribbon committee of sports leaders appointed by the NFL selects the winners. The panel is comprised of JON BUTLER, executive director, Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.; JACK FLEISCHER, veteran sportswriter; SCOTT HALLENBECK, executive director, USA Football; GRANT TEAFF, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association; former Dallas Cowboys personnel director and NFL.com contributor GIL BRANDT; and MIKE BERG, TONY DEMATTEO, RICH KALLOK and WILLIAM MCGREGOR II, all former NFL High School Football Coach of the Year winners.

In his nomination essay, JOHN SULLIVAN of the Vikings recalled learning his work ethic from Coach Albonizio, writing “Coach taught me that nothing comes without hard work.”

Congratulations Coach Al!

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