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Oneida Nation High School's King Named Green Bay Packers High School Coach Of The Week

Posted Sep 18, 2002

Nathan King, head coach of the Oneida Nation Thunderhawks, has been selected as the Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week, the Packers announced Wednesday.

Last year King served as assistant coach of the Thunderhawks, and this year was promoted to head coach. King, a community planner for Oneida Nation, has coached his 25 players to a 2-1 start this season, already doubling last year's win total for the team. After starting the season with a loss, the independent Thunderhawks, drawn from a student body of 100, have faired well over their last two matchups with wins over Green Lake (44-18) and Milwaukee Marshall (34-12). They host Rio High School this Friday.

Born and raised in Oneida, King graduated from Seymour High School in 1997, where he played three years of varsity basketball, along with three years of varsity football under coach Bill Collar. He continued on to UW-Green Bay, where he graduated in 2002. King is married to Magan, and the couple has a son, Carter.

"This award is a reflection of the kids," said King. "They are starting to understand the game of football and are beginning to work together as a team." Oneida Nation has had a football team for only seven years, and a varsity team for only five years.

Of the 25 players on the squad, only 15 are juniors and seniors.

The Packers will recognize one outstanding high school coach as their Coach of the Week winner during the 2002 high school football season. As a Coach of the Week winner, King and future recipients will be awarded several items and privileges, including a $1,000 donation to the school's football program from the Green Bay Packers and the NFL, as well as recognition of the award on www.nflhs.com, the NFL's high school football website.

Nominations for Coach of the Week should be submitted by 9 a.m. every Monday to Cathy A. Dworak, Manager of Community Relations, at coachoftheweek@packers.com (e-mail) or by fax at (920) 490-5937. Please include the nominee's name, address, school, phone number, and reason he/she is deserving of the award.

 
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