LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation announced today that Highland Springs High School (Henrico, Va.) head football coach, Loren Johnson, has been named the Redskins High School Coach of the Year presented by Inova Sports Medicine. The Springers ended the season with an undefeated record and added an impressive fourth consecutive 5A State Championship Title.
Johnson has been coaching football at Highland Springs High School for 10 years. Throughout his tenure with the Springers, Coach Johnson has given hope to the Highland Springs community. When asked about the successes of Coach Johnson, Highland Springs Director of Activities Rick Lily said, “He builds young men. When you watch him interact with young people, he is seldom talking about the sport of football but rather about the student, their successes and their academics – that’s the difference with him.”
Since joining the coaching staff at Highland Springs, Coach Johnson has kept the safety of his players a priority by limiting full contact tackles and implementing safe tackling and ball carrying techniques. Hydration and nutrition are also a high priority for the coach – who years ago collaborated with FeedMore to provide pre-practice warm meals for his players who otherwise may not have access to meals at home. He supplements this by “properly educating his team about nutrition via slide show presentations,” noted Assistant Coach Austin.
Coach Johnson’s impact also stretches beyond football. Activities Director Lily says that he has “Given these kids the ability to see the opportunities that exist beyond their current situations – he has given hope.”
Assistant Coach Austin echoed the sentiment. “Coach Johnson knows that it takes a village to raise a child and he goes out and he finds people to bring into that village – beyond the school and the home. He galvanizes the community,” Austin said.
2018 Redskins High School Coach of the Week Award Winners
Week 1: DaLawn Parrish – Dr. Henry A Wise Jr. High School (Upper Marlboro, Md.)
Week 2: Caesar Nettles – Riverdale Baptist High School (Upper Marlboro, Md.)
Week 3: Loren Johnson – Highland Springs High School (Henrico, Va.)
Week 4: Justin Counts – James Madison High School (Vienna, Va.)
Week 5: Kelly Lowe – Narrows High School (Narrows, Va.)
Week 6: Rodney Williams – Fairmont Heights High School (Landover, Md.)
Week 7: Lionel Rodgers – Ron Brown High School (Washington, D.C.)
Week 8: Daniel Tyson – Bell Multicultural High School (Washington, D.C.)
Week 9: John Kelly – Quince Orchard High School (Gaithersburg, Md.)
Week 10: Eddie Sloss – Blacksburg High School (Blacksburg, Va.)
About Redskins High School Coach of the Week presented by Inova Sports Medicine
The High School Coach of the Week program is a league-wide initiative designed to recognize area high school football coaches who continuously demonstrate hard work and dedication to their football programs, the health and safety of their players, and who make a difference in their communities.
This season, in partnership with Inova Sports Medicine, the Redskins Charitable Foundation has convened a panel of local high school football media experts and high school athletic association representatives to provide nominations of deserving high school coaches for consideration and selection. Each coach chosen throughout the high school football season will receive a $2,000 donation from the Redskins Charitable Foundation to their football program and will be invited to a special event at the end of the season to provide additional resources and training to recipients and their coaching staff.
For more information on the Redskins High School Coach of the Week program or the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, visit http://www.redskins.com/community or follow the Foundation on Twitter at @RedskinsCR or on Instagram @redskinsgiveback.