Mark Stilling of Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg, IL was named the Chicago Bears High School ’Coach of the Week’ for Week 1.
In the first week of Illinois high school football, Coach Stilling led the Saxons to a 29-17 upset victory over defending Class 8A champions Maine South High School. The loss ended Maine South’s 28-game winning streak. Schaumburg is now 26-25 under Stilling in his sixth year as Head Coach.
Coach Stilling has turned the team around from a 2-7 record during his first season to three state playoff appearances in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He demands respect and excellence from his players on and off the football field and makes sure his players are prepared both athletically and academically.
In honor of Stilling, $1,500 will be donated to Schaumburg’s football program. Stilling will be invited to the Bears-Patriots game on Sunday, December 12, 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 2010 ’Coach of the Week’ honorees.
The Chicago Bears ’Coach of the Week’ program enters its 15th 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 30 through October 25. 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 $185,000 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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