Robert Garrett, head coach at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, was named the “Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year” by the National Football League Sunday.
Garrett took the Crenshaw Cougars to victory at the 2017 CIF Division 4-AA State Championship game this year.
The NFL released a statement, saying the award “was created to honor exemplary high school football coaches who demonstrate a commitment to player health and safety, and the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula.”
Garrett’s was nominated by the Los Angeles Chargers. The announcement was made during the 2018 Pro Bowl telecast on ESPN.
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 28, 2018
Nominees for the Don Shula Award from all 32 NFL clubs were invited and recognized in special ways during the NFL*s week-long celebration of football at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, the league said in an announcement.
Garrett will receive $25,000 from the NFL Foundation, $15,000 of which will go to Crenshaw’s football program.
Garrett led the Crenshaw Cougars to a 12-3 record this season, including a 5-0 record in tough league play. In the CIF Los Angeles City Section Playoffs, the Cougars made it to the Championship Game, where they unfortunately fell to the reigning champion Narbonne Gauchos.
But the team continued their playoff push in the State CIF playoffs, defeating San Diego County’s El Camino High School, 46-43.
Garrett is also the former coach of two current Los Angeles Chargers players, linebacker Hayes Pullard and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.
–City News Service
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