Go Coach O’Connell! Go Crusaders!
John Bapst is proud to announce that Coach Dan O’Connell has been named one of the 408 best high school football coaches in the nation by USA TODAY, and will compete with other coaches to determine the first-ever “Best High School Football Coach” in the nation. USA TODAY staffers have selected eight active head football coaches in each state after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise.
The voting for the contest begins on Monday, Sept.30 and ends at noon Oct.8, when each state’s highest ranked coach will be advanced to a regional round. Regional winners will move onto the national round, from which the champion will be crowned based on the voting in the third round.
There will be three rounds of voting. The state round begins at noon (ET) Sept. 30 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 8. The 51 winners – each state plus Washington, D.C. – advance to a regional round, where they will be divided among eight regions of six or seven coaches apiece. The regional round begins at noon (ET) Oct. 9 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 18. The eight regional winners move onto the national round, which starts at noon (ET) Oct. 21 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 29. The champion is crowned based on most votes in the final round.
The athletic department of the winning coach will receive $2,000. Second through fifth places also receive cash prizes for the athletic departments: second ($1,000), third ($500), fourth ($250) and fifth ($100). All eight finalists receive banners for their schools.