Tecumseh football coach Al Romano is Lions’ Coach of the Week
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions have named Al Romano of Tecumseh High School the week-two recipient of the 2013 High School Football Coach of the Week Program.“I’m blessed here,” Romano said. “I’m blessed to have the opportunity to be here, certainly. I’m very thankful that God has put me here and thankful for the support of my wife, our coaches, our players and our whole community. It’s not about me. It’s a team and community award. I just happen to be the head coach.”Romano led his Indians to a 28-22 victory over Redford Thurston on September 6 to claim their second victory of the season. Now in his third season at Tecumseh, Romano took over a football program that had four consecutive losing seasons as well as eight of nine losing seasons prior to arriving at Tecumseh. Romano led Tecumseh to the Michigan High School Football Regional Finals in 2012. Romano is in his 39th year of coaching including head coach at Erie-Mason from 1982-87 and Adrian from 1988-96. Romano led his 1987 Erie-Mason squad to a Class C State Championship. Tecumseh was ranked No. 6 in Division 3 heading into Game 3.In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Romano is proactive in terms of promoting player health and safety within his school. Romano and his entire staff have completed the required concussion education training in addition to administering the SCAT concussion test to student-athletes. Romano structures practice in the hopes of preventing/lessening injuries during practice by conducting fewer “live” drills in addition to players not wearing full practice gear once their pre-season scrimmage is complete.Each week throughout the 2013 nine-week high school football regular season, one coach that best develops his players’ character, discipline, and football skill in addition to emphasizing player health and safety in their program, will be recognized for his commitment to the team, school, and community. The winner is selected by a panel of high school football media members — Mick McCabe (Detroit Free Press), Hugh Bernreuter (Saginaw News), Bret Bakita (WOOD Radio-106.9 FM, ESPN 96.1 FM-Fox 17/Grand Rapids) and Scott DeCamp (Mlive.com/Muskegon). This season’s program will award $11,000 to aid in the development and promotion of high school football in the state of Michigan thanks to contributions from the Detroit Lions and the National Football League.Each winning coach throughout the regular season will receive a $1,000 donation to his school’s football program. At the conclusion of the 2013 Michigan High School Football season, the Lions will also select the High School Football Coach of the Year. This season’s Coach of the Year will receive a $2,000 donation to his team’s football program.In addition to the monetary award, all winners receive a certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz and National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell. Winning coaches also receive a personalized game ball and a Detroit Lions “Coach of the Week” hat.Currently in its’ 17th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $312,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan.