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Eaton High School head coach Zac Lemon was nominated by the Broncos for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award.
Lemon is one of 32 coaches across the country who were nominated by an NFL team for the annual award. Of that group, two finalists, including a winner, will be named later this summer. The winner will be awarded $12,500 and their high school’s football program will receive $17,500 from the NFL Foundation and Nike. The other finalist will receive $7,500 and their program will get $12,500.
The other 30 finalists will each receive $1,000.
“This year’s 32 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees represent the crucial role that high school football coaches play in positively shaping the character of players,” Alexia Gallagher, NFL vice president of philanthropy and executive director of the NFL Foundation, said in a news release. “We are proud to honor these coaches who have provided exemplary mentorship to student-athletes both on and off the field.”
Lemon’s Fightin’ Reds had a 7-2 record last season that was capped off by a 28-21 win over Lamar for the Class 2A state championship — the school’s first title since 2000. In each of his seven years since taking over as head coach from Bill Mondt, Lemon has led Eaton to a winning season, combining for a 48-25 record