The Packers have announced that Tyler Caswell of Wild Rose High School has been named the Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week.
Caswell, in his 14th year as the varsity head coach of Wild Rose, led the Wildcats to a 58-0 victory over Port Edwards High School, on Friday, Oct. 14. The win capped off an undefeated 9-0 regular season. The Wildcats have outscored opponents 320 to 48 this season, with five shutout victories. It marks the first time that the Wildcats have been unbeaten in conference play since 2008. Wild Rose enters the WIAA Division 7 football tournament as a No. 1 seed and will take on Suring High School on Friday, Oct. 21.
"Our goal was to finish the season outright being undefeated, so we had a lot of incentive to play for in that game," Caswell said. "I was very proud that our upper level guys got their work done and we were able to get a few of the younger guys some minutes under the Friday night lights.
"The players buy into those things and they work hard. I give them all the credit. They set a goal for themselves, and I am glad that I am there to help facilitate and be a part of it. I think it carries us into the postseason."
Caswell grew up in Columbus, Wis. He attended Wautoma High School, where he participated in football, basketball and baseball. Caswell played running back, wide receiver and defensive back under Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame member, Dennis Moon. Following his graduation from Wautoma in 1986, he went on to receive his bachelor's degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1992. While at Eau Claire, Caswell played baseball for the Blugolds.
Caswell began his coaching career in 1992, as an assistant football coach for Luck High School in Luck, Wis. In 2001, Caswell became an assistant coach at Wild Rose High School. He was then promoted to head coach of the team in 2003.
Caswell and his staff oversee a program of 29 players that all play at the varsity level. His assistant staff includes Troy Bielmeier, David Vistain, Steve Yeska and Tyler Steffens.
In addition to coaching football, Caswell is also a business and information technology teacher at Wild Rose High School.
Caswell gave special thanks to his family, as well. "I would like to thank my wife, Paula, and two daughters, Ashley and Anna, in being supportive in my journey as a head football coach."
About the Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week Program:
The Packers will recognize one outstanding high school coach as their 'Coach of the Week' winner during the 2016 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 Foundation, as well as recognition of the award on Packers.com, Wissports.net and Wifca.org.
Nominations for Coach of the Week should be submitted by 10 a.m. every Monday to Ryan Fencl, Youth Football Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the nominee's name, address, school, phone number and reason he/she is deserving of the award.