Coach David Curtin of Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J.
The New York Jets have announced that Ed Kopp of Pequannock High School in Pompton Plains, N.J. has been named this week's recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week Award. For his efforts, he will receive $1,000 to benefit the school's football program, and he will be presented with a certificate from the Jets.
In its 14th year, the award is given to a coach in the tristate area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve, and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.
Kopp is in his third season as head coach of the Golden Panthers. He previously served as the defensive coordinator of Hightstown High School during its division championship seasons of 2003-04. Kopp is a 1998 graduate of Muhlenberg College, where he was a two-year letter winner in football as a linebacker. He is a science teacher at Pequannock in addition to his duties as the head football coach.
On Friday night, the Golden Panthers defeated the Boonton Bombers, 27-20, to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 1999, when they went 12-0 and won the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section II, Group 2 championship. The Golden Panthers will be at home to face the Bulldogs of Butler High School on Friday, Sept. 25.