Our own Steve Jones is one of two finalists named for Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year!
Quoting from the Appleton Post Crescent:
Kimberly football coach Steve Jones has been named one of two finalists for the coveted Don Shula high school football Coach of the Year award presented by the NFL. Jones, in his sixth season as head coach at Kimberly, guided the Papermakers to their fourth WIAA consecutive state championship this past fall. Kimberly has won the last three state titles in Division 1 and also won the Division 2 title in 2013. Kimberly also has a 56-game win streak, the state record for most consecutive victories and also the longest current win streak in the nation. According to a press release by the NFL, Jones was nominated by the Green Bay Packers for his commitment to player health and safety and the integrity, achievement and leadership exemplified by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula. According to the NFL, a blue ribbon panel including Shula, Peyton Manning and Michael Strahan reviewed the nominations and selected the two finalists, including Jones.
The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the third quarter of the 2017 Pro Bowl, airing Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 PM ET on ESPN.
Here are Steve and Carrie after the Kimberly Papermakers won the 2015 Division 1 State Football Championship.