The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and U.S. Army have named Arcadia High School's Jim Ellison as the Cards "High School Coach-of-the-Week."
The Cards and U.S. Army "Coach-of-the-Week" award is selected by a local sports panel consisting of Cardinals Director of Community Relations Luis Zendejas, Community Relations Coordinator Sheldon Meeks, NBC-12 sports reporter Bruce Cooper, 16-year Arizona high school football official Bob Ferreira, AIA Director of Media Marketing Brian Bolitho, former Arizona high school coach Emil Nasser, 1060 AM radio host Dan Manucci, and U.S. Army representative Sergeant James Minter.
Ellison and his Titans clinched the 4A East Valley Region Championship with a 35-14 victory against over previously unbeaten Williams Field High School last Friday night. Quarterback Colby Kirkegaard was 11 of 17 passing for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Titans begin the postseason on tomorrow night as they host Douglas High School at 7 p.m.
The award will be presented to Ellison and the Arcadia football team on Friday, November 13 at 12:15 p.m. at a lunch time presentation in the school's courtyard (4703 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix).
The Cardinals 15-year "Coach-of-the-Week" program presents a selected high school coach with a certificate signed by Cardinals President William V. Bidwill and Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt. Cardinals Charities provides t-shirts for team members and awards the school $2,000 to support its football program.
A Cardinals alumnus, team mascot Big Red, and Community Relations Coordinator Sheldon Meeks will present the award.
Week 1: Russ Semore, Round Valley H.S.
Week 2: Charlie Ragle, Chaparral H.S.
Week 3: Cleveland Dansby, Carl Hayden H.S.
Week 4: Pete Wahlheim, Highland H.S.
Week 5: Dusty Peace, Tucson Canyon Del Oro H.S.
Week 6: Steve Campbell, Williams Field H.S.
Week 7: Norris Vaughn, Mountain Pointe H.S.
Week 8: Richard Sanchez, Tucson Sunnyside H.S.
Week 9: Dan Filleman, Liberty H.S.
Week 10: Jim Ellison, Arcadia H.S.