(L-R): AD Teresa Graven, Eric Kluge, Alex Koepsell, Head Coach Jim Trost, Donnie Davidson, Chris Spiers, Shaun Carr, Matt Paulson
Jim Trost, of Horicon High School, has been named Green Bay Packers Coach of the Week, the organization announced Thursday.
Trost is in his fourth season as head coach of the Marshmen. After qualifying for the playoffs in 2005, Horicon is off to a 6-0 start this season. A member of the East Central Flyway Conference, they are currently ranked No. 2 in the latest Division 5 Associated Press poll. The Marshmen travel to take on conference foe Markesan Friday.
"Receiving this award is a great achievement not only for myself but for our program," Trost said. "This award is a gratification of all the hard work over the last four years."
Trost and his staff oversee a program of 62 players, 36 of whom compete on the varsity squad. He is assisted by Alex Koepsell, Chris Spiers, Shawn Carr, Matt Paulson, Don Davidson, Dave Magnussen, Tim Schultz and Eric Kluge.
A Chicago native, Trost attended St. Patrick's High School in Ill., where he played football under John Urban. He is a 1999 graduate of Cardinal Stritch University. He began his coaching career at St. Patrick's in 1986 before joining the staff at St. Bartholomew High School in Ill., as an assistant. Trost became head coach at Shorewood High School in Wis., in 2000 before joining the Horicon program. A special education teacher, he is married to Sheila and the couple has three children, Alexis, Cierra, and Bryce.
The Packers will recognize one outstanding high school coach as their 'Coach of the Week' winner during the 2006 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 www.NFLHS.com, the NFL's high school football Web site.
Nominations for Coach of the Week should be submitted by 9 a.m. every Monday to Cathy A. Dworak, manager of community relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org (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.