NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This high school football season, the Tennessee Titans are asking the fans to select the Titans High School Coach of the Week winners through online polling, and fans decided the Week 2 winner is Steve Trapp of DeKalb County High School in Smithville.
The school will receive a $1,000 grant for its program from Titans Owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr.
Led by a freshman quarterback, Steven Jennings, Coach Trapp’s Tigers defeated the Livingston Academy Wildcats, 35-28. This is DeKalb County’s first win against the Wildcats since 1994. In the game’s final seconds, the Tigers’ defense was successful with a goal-line stand as Livingston threatened to tie the game.
“Coach Trapp is an awesome, hard worker, and really has turned our program around,” said Patrick Cripps, DeKalb County High School Principal. “Coach has instilled discipline, hard work, and ethics into his players and has just done a fantastic job!”
Coach Trapp will be the team’s guest at the Titans’ season finale versus the Houston Texans on Dec. 29 when the team honors all 2013 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2013 Coach of the Year! Week 1 winner Coach Jeremy Bosken is also eligible for the Tennessee Titans Coach of the Year award. Mr. Adams will make an additional $2,000 grant to the Titans Coach of the Year winner on that date.
In addition to Trapp, this week’s nominees were Justin Price of Campbell High School in Jacksboro, Noah Lampkin of Gleason High School and Bruce Lussier of Father Ryan High School in Nashville. Coach Trapp received 69 percent of the votes. Each of these three finalists is eligible to win the honor during the remainder of this season.
Nominees are submitted by sports writers and broadcasters across the state with specific criteria in mind. The specific criteria included, beating a longtime rival, snapping a losing streak, defeating a defending champion, an amazing come from behind victory, and/or involvement in the local community.
Also considered is a coach’s commitment to his players’ safety, by teaching the fundamentals of the game, proper tackling techniques, concussion management practices and adherence to heat and hydration guidelines.
Now in its 15th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $163,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week and Year winners.