CoW: Mark Weycker

CHARLOTTE, NC --- The Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week program recognizes high school coaches who, through their hard work and dedication to young people, have made a difference in the lives of their players, school and community. This program also provides high schools with financial assistance to help maintain and upgrade their football programs.

Mark Weycker, head football coach at West Iredell High School, has been selected as a Carolina Panthers Coach of the Week award winner.

Coach Weycker is in his 24th year at West Iredell and has brought much success to the school's athletic program. At West Iredell, Coach Weycker owns school records for most wins, most winning seasons, play-off appearances and play-off wins while also earning the Region 7 Coaching award in 2007. The football program has also had 34 grant-in-aid signees to Division I and IAA schools, numerous players of the year in the North Piedmont Conference and Iredell County, Shrine Bowl, All-Star and All-State selections.

His dedication and success goes beyond the field as well. "Coach Weycker keeps in contact with his high school players' teachers to make sure they are being successful in the classroom, and takes players to combines and college campuses for official visits," says Ron Shephard, assistant Principal.

Said Coach Weycker, "Football is the ultimate avenue for creating life skills that our young men will use to become productive citizens within our communities. Our sport is all about accountability, focus, teamwork, and communication. Our players have gone on to be leaders."

Coach Weycker places a sense of community as a cornerstone of his program. "We want our players to realize that they are looked to by the youth, their peers, and the community at large. Our players have been involved in youth clinics, camps, "Great to be a Warrior" days at elementary schools and local food drives. We want them to feel in life that their community is an extension of their family," said Coach Weycker.

In recognition of Coach Weycker, Carolina Panthers Charities will donate $1,000 to the West Iredell High School's athletic department. All of this year's winners will be honored with an on-field presentation during the Panthers home game versus the Arizona Cardinals on December 19, 2010. At that time, the 2010 Coach of the Year will be announced and the winning coach will receive an additional $2,000 grant for his school's athletic department.

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