Frank Lenti of Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, IL was named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 4.
With a 62-8 win over St. Joseph last Saturday, Coach Lenti became Illinois’ all-time winningest high school football coach and also earned his 307th career win.
In 25 years of leading Mt. Carmel, Lenti’s teams have averaged eleven wins and two losses a season. They have won nine state championships in 14 appearances and have qualified for the IHSA playoffs every season that he has been the head coach.
Coach Lenti supported his team in collecting 2,000 pounds of clothing in a drive for the Epilepsy Foundation last spring. He was honored as a Bears “Coach of the Week” honoree in 2001 also for his coaching accomplishments.
In honor of Lenti, $1,500 will be donated to Mt. Carmel High School’s football program. Lenti will be invited to the Bears-Seahawks game on Sunday, December 18, 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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