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Youth Coach of the Week

The Carolina Panthers and Gatorade recognize 10 youth football coaches - tackle and flag – from across the Carolinas through the team’s Youth Football Coach of the Week program. The program acknowledges the outstanding achievements of volunteer youth coaches who make positive impacts on the lives of their players, the development of youth football at the grassroots level and service to their community.

"The Carolina Panthers are proud to recognize some of the region's most outstanding youth football coaches who volunteer their time to serve their teams and their community. The impact made by these coaches goes well beyond the playing field," said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers director of community relations.

Winning coaches receive a gift pack and personalized Carolina Panthers game ball in addition to being honored during a special on-field ceremony at a Panthers home game.

All youth football coaches in the Carolinas whose teams participate in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program are eligible for the Youth Football Coach of the Week regardless of their team's size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated for their impact on their team, league and community.

Youth football league administrators, parents and community members in North and South Carolina are encouraged to nominate outstanding youth football coaches in their area. Nomination forms are distributed by USA Football in late July to the Heads Up Football-certified league administrators.

2017 Youth Football Coach of the Week Winners
Coach Team Location
 Sheldon Williams  C-Meck 49ers  Charlotte, NC
 Jonathan Campbell  South Greenville Bulldogs  Greenville, SC
 Al Pace  316-Sports White Attack  Indian Trail, NC
 Desmond Campbell  Sylvia Circle Demons  Rock Hill, SC
 David Alexander  New Ellenton Blue Devils  Aiken, SC
 William Hardy  Winston-Salem Indians  Winston-Salem, NC
 Brad Piner  Pitt Greenville Titans  Greenville, NC
 Anthony Meachem  Pitt Greenville Titans  Greenville, NC
 Buster Howard  Lesslie Hornets  Rock Hill, SC
 James Bowens  Pitt Lightning  Greenville, NC