Packers Coach Of The Week: Jason Foster, Northland Pines

Posted Sep 6, 2007



Jason Foster, of Northland Pines High School, has been named Green Bay Packers Coach of the Week, the organization announced Thursday.

"I give a lot of credit to (former Eagles head coach) Ken Beigel, who I coached under for four years before I became head football coach," Foster said. "I also learned a lot of things about what I do today from my head high school coach, Mike Dressler, so I give him a lot of credit for our success."

The Eagles improved to 2-0 on the season following their 12-0 victory over rival Three Lakes at Eagle River last Friday, and will host Lakeland tomorrow, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m.

"We have a great coaching staff and a great group of kids this year," Foster said. "They worked really hard in the off-season. We talked a lot about heart, discipline and commitment. The kids have really started to believe in that and turned the corner."

Foster, who is entering his sixth season at Northland Pines, started his coaching career in 2002 as head coach for the Eagles' freshman team while serving as an assistant coach for the varsity team. The next year he was promoted to defensive coordinator for the varsity squad under 2000 Hall of Fame inductee Biegel, a position he held for three seasons.

Foster took over as the Eagles' varsity head coach in 2006. Northland Pines got off to a rocky start, finishing 1-8, but has come together under Foster this season.

"One of the things we pride ourselves on is not only having a football team and a football program, but also a football family," Foster said. "We faced a lot of adversity last year and our kids have really come together. We really emphasize the football family and it's really showing on the football field this year."

Foster is assisted this season by Joe Schmidt, Nick Stemper, Josh Rhode, Lance Schultz, Hank McEvoy, Cory Cato and Cole Williquette.

Though born in Hartford, Foster grew up in Wausau and attended Wausau West High School. He played receiver and linebacker under Dressler, graduating in 1991. Foster graduated from Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1996 and earned a teaching certificate at St. Mary's in Minnesota. He currently teaches students with learning disabilities.

Foster and his wife Deb have one daughter, Trinity (5). He also has a stepdaughter, Brittney (16).

The Packers will recognize one outstanding high school coach as their 'Coach of the Week' winner during the 2007 high school football season. Winners are 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, the NFL's high school football Web site.

Nominations for Coach of the Week should be submitted by 9 a.m. every Monday to Tim Schroeder, community outreach coordinator, at (e-mail) or by fax at (920) 569-7302. Please include the nominee's name, address, school, phone number, and reason he/she is deserving of the award.

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