Randy Kuceyeski of Libertyville High School in Libertyville, IL was named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 1.
Starting his 18th season as Head Football Coach for the Wildcats and 34th overall in coaching, Coach Kuceyeski led his team to a 23-20 overtime upset victory over the Barrington Broncos. The game was a special Military Appreciation Night spearheaded by Kuceyeski.
After Friday night’s win, his career record is 129-53 in his 18 years at Libertyville. His 2004 team finished 14-0 and won the Class 7A state title and 2003 team was 13-1 and finished second in the state in 7A. Libertyville made 10 straight playoff trips from 1997-2006 under Kuceyeski.
In honor of Kuceyeski, $1,500 will be donated to Libertyville High School’s football program. Kuceyeski 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 enters 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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