Keith Pogue of Mahomet-Seymour High School in Mahomet, IL was named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 5.
Coach Pogue is in his fourth season as head coach of the Bulldogs and has a 27-9 overall record following last Friday’s 60-18 win at Rantoul. The game was the fourth in a row that Pogue’s offense scored seven touchdowns or more. Defensively his team allowed just one touchdown in three of the team’s first four games. Mahomet-Seymour is 5-0 this season.
Pogue has guided Mahomet-Seymour into the playoffs each year he has been the head coach and his current team is ranked 6th in Class 5A. Pogue is also head coach of Mahomet-Seymour’s track and field program.
In honor of Pogue, $1,500 will be donated to Mahomet-Seymour High School’s football program. Pogue will be invited to the Bears-Seahawks game on Sunday, December 18, and will be recognized during an on-field ceremony that day. He will also receive a framed certificate and will have the opportunity to attend a Bears practice and “chalk-talk” with Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith and other 2011 “Coach of the Week” honorees.
The Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week” program entered its 16th season this year. The program honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline, and teamwork abilities. Other criteria considered include unique coaching methodology, community and off-field components, school and community support, volunteerism, and, most importantly, contributions to players’ long-term success on and off the field.
The program will run for nine weeks from August 29 through October 24. Deserving high school coaches are nominated by a panel of local prep authorities, and the winning “Coach of the Week” is selected each week. The Chicago Bears will make a $1,500 contribution to the football program at each winning coach’s school.
Since the program’s inception, the Bears have donated over $198,000 to Illinois high schools in support of their football programs. For more information, log on to www.chicagobears.com/community or call the Chicago Bears Community Relations department at (847) 739-5308.
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