Rich Thompson of Triopia High School in Concord, IL was named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 3.
Fifth-year Triopia Coach Thompson has won 43 of the 50 games he has coached at the school since 2007. Last Friday’s 22-21 victory over second-rated Mount Sterling High School was one of Thompson’s best overtime wins. Triopia was ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Class 1A rankings last week.
The Triopia program is steeped in tradition with over 350 wins since 1959 and three state titles. In addition to being the head football coach, Coach Thompson also serves as the school’s athletic director and baseball coach.
In honor of Thompson, $1,500 will be donated to Triopia High School’s football program. Thompson will be invited to the Bears-Seahawks game on Sunday, December 11, and will be recognized during an on-field ceremony that day. He will also receive a framed certificate and will have the opportunity to attend a Bears practice and “chalk-talk” with Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith and other 2011 “Coach of the Week” honorees.
The Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week” program entered its 16th season this year. The program honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline, and teamwork abilities. Other criteria considered include unique coaching methodology, community and off-field components, school and community support, volunteerism, and, most importantly, contributions to players’ long-term success on and off the field.
The program runs for nine weeks from Aug. 29 through Oct. 24. Coaches were nominated by a panel of local prep authorities, and the winning Coach of the Week is selected each week. The Chicago Bears will make a $1,500 contribution to the football program at each winning coach’s school.
Since the program’s inception, the Bears have donated over $198,000 to Illinois high schools in support of their football programs. For more information, log on to www.chicagobears.com/community or call the Chicago Bears Community Relations department at (847) 739-5308.
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