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High School Coach of the Week: Russell Barnett


Coach:** Russell Barnett

School: Mitchell High School

Location: Bakersville, N.C.

Career Highlights: Because of Barnett's play calling and hard work, the Mountaineers have one of the top offenses in the Western Highlands Conference. Off the field, Barnett is a National Board Certified math teacher and one of Mitchell's leading math teachers.

Community Service: Barnett's commitment to his community is underscored by his efforts to give children in Bakersville new experiences and opportunities by working to improve local youth leagues and introduce new programs like the NFL's Punt, Pass & Kick competition.

Quote: "I wanted to come back to my high school to teach and coach because of my former teachers and coaches. If it wasn't for them I would have never went to college and got my degree. They taught me so many valuable life lessons - both on and off the field - and I wanted to help my community in the same way."

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