NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans announced Monday that Hendersonville High School’s Bruce Hatfield has been named Titans High School Football Coach of the Week! Traveling to Tomahawk Stadium, the Hendersonville Commandos defeated the sixth-ranked (Class 6A) Riverdale Warriors 23-20 with a late surge. Trailing most of the game, the Commandos scored 20 points in the second half, sealing the victory with a four-yard TD run to grab their only lead of the night with 22 seconds remaining. Hendersonville had won just one of the previous eight meetings with Riverdale.
Team owner K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. will make a $1,000 contribution from the Titans Foundation to the Hendersonville High School football program in Coach Hatfield’s honor.
"High school football enjoys a great tradition in Tennessee," said Adams. "That tradition is based not only on the outstanding quality of play but on the devotion of their coaches who continue to develop high school football players into young men of strong character. I'm very pleased to underwrite this program that recognizes the efforts of so many talented high school coaches across the state!"
Coach Hatfield will be the team’s guest at the Titans season finale versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 30 when the team honors all 2012 Coach of the Week winners and announces the winner of the 2012 Coach of the Year! Coach Hatfield 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.
Also receiving strong consideration in this week’s poll were Clinton High School’s Josh Kerr, whose team defeated Campbell County High School, 24-8 to snap a 17-game losing streak; Jackson Northside’s Tab Vowell, whose team defeated defending crosstown rival Liberty High School, 21-14; and Clark Duncan of South Doyle High School (Knoxville), whose team improved to 5-0 for the first time in school history by defeating Carter High School, 23-0.
Now in its 13th season, Mr. Adams has awarded more than $154,000 from the Titans Foundation to football programs across the state in honor of the Coach of the Week and Year winners.
The critera for selection include the coach’s impact on his team, school, community and emphasis on health and safety. A statewide media panel votes each week to determine the weekly winner. All high school football coaches in Tennessee, regardless of their school’s size, league, or division, are eligible to be selected each week. The program recognizes high school coaches who transform, through hard work and dedication, student athletes into the best possible football players, scholars and citizens in their community.