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Blue Devils coach is first of 11 weekly winners to be honored during '98 season

Freddie Stephens, head football coach at Stanton College Prep School, has been named the first Jaguars High School Coach of the Week for 1998. Stephens was selected following last Friday's 15-12 victory over First Coast High School. The win came in the Blue Devils first varsity football game since 1980.

During the 1998 high school football regular season -- beginning September 4 and concluding November 13 - the Jaguars, WTLV-TV and the Florida Times-Union will recognize area coaches for their hard work and dedication to young people. The coach's impact on his team, school and the community will also be factors in the selection process. All schools are eligible regardless of size, league or division.

Each weekly winner receives a $500 check from NFL Charities for their school's football program, a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin, Jaguars t-shirts for all of the team's players and coaches, a souvenir football signed by Coughlin and a specially designed Jaguars Coach of the Week hat.

A Coach of the Year winner will be selected from the pool of weekly winners and will receive an additional $1,000 award during the Jaguars annual draft class dinner next spring. The Jaguars' 1997 High School Football Coach of the Year was Welton Coffey of Raines High School.

For more information about the Coach of the Week program, please contact the Jaguars' Community Relations Department at (904) 633-6582.


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