The Arizona Cardinals Football Club and U.S. Army have named Liberty High School's Dan Filleman 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.
Filleman and his Lions improved their record to 9-0 with a 24-14 victory over Buckeye High School last Friday night. Running back Andre Gattie had 25 carries for 130 yards in the win. With the victory, Liberty clinched their first ever Skyline Region Championship. The Lions conclude the regular season this Friday at home vs. Desert Edge High School.
The award will be presented to Filleman and the Liberty football team on Thursday, November 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the school's football stadium prior to their afternoon practice (9621 W. Speckled Gecko Drive, Peoria).
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.