The New York Jets announced today that Sean Ireland of Norwalk (Conn.) High School, 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.
The award, in its 16th year, is given to coaches in the tristate area who serve 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.
Coach Ireland is in his first season as the head coach of the Bears. He was an assistant on the staff for 13 years as the wide receivers and defensive backs coach before becoming the offensive coordinator in 2006. During this time the Bears won the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) West Division title in 1998 and the FCIAC Central Division title in 2007. The class of '96 alumnus was a tight end and outside linebacker during his playing days and now serves as physical education teacher at his alma mater.
On Saturday, Norwalk defeated the Stamford Black Knights, 25-12, to start the season at 2-0 for the first time since 1998. The Bears' next game will be at home against the Westhill Vikings on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 3:30 p.m.