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Local coach nominated for 2022 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award

PINE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A local coach has been nominated for the 2022 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

The Pittsburgh Steelers nominated Jon LeDonne for the award. LeDonne is the head coach for Pine-Richland’s high school football team.

The Pine-Richland Rams won their second state title in three years in 2022.

There will be two winners recognized by the NFL this year. A coach will be selected from the AFC and NFC.

Award winners will be invited to the NFL Pro Bowl Games in Las Vegas on Feb. 5. They will receive a $15,000 award for their program and a $10,000 cash award. They will also be invited to attend the Super Bowl.

A panel of different NFL experts and former players will select the winners. The members of the panel are:

•           NFL Analyst and former front office executive Scott Piolo

•           Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and current ESPN contributor Peyton Manning

•           Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy

•           Executive Director of USA Football Scott Hallenback

•           Former All-Pro cornerback Bobby Taylor

•           NFL Legend and NFL Network analyst Michael Robinson

•           Super Bowl Champion and NFL Vice President of Football Development Roman Oben

•           Aplington-Parkersburg High School Principal Aaron Thomas, son of the school’s late football coach, Ed Thomas

•           NFL Legend, former NFL Head Coach and son of the late Coach Shula Dave Shula.

“We are honored to celebrate the 32 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees, as each embodies the integrity, commitment and character of Coach Shula,” said Roman Oben. “High school football coaches serve as leaders and role models dedicated to shaping the lives of young high school players both on and off the field and this group represents the very best from across the country every year.”

The winners will be announced a week before the Pro Bowl game.

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