CoW: Scott Chadwick

The Carolina Panthers have selected Scott Chadwick, Head Coach at Marvin Ridge High School, as 2010's seventh Coach of the Week, this week.

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.

With a lengthy resume of performance, service, and unparalleled character like that of Coach Scott Chadwick, it is hard to find a starting point amid such outstanding credentials. In the words of Marvin Ridge Athletic Director, Tony Guylitto, "Special people make a different in the paths we choose – our parents, our teachers, our coaches. These unique individuals forge us into the adults we become. Clearly, this is true of Coach Chadwick. He exemplifies what high school athletics are supposed to be about…turning impressionable student-athletes into the leaders of the future."

Starting his coaching career in Maryland, Chadwick quickly demonstrated his aptitude for turning high school football programs around. At Bowie High School, Chadwick took a struggling Bulldog side from a losing streak spanning 10 seasons to the school's first ever Maryland 4-A State Championship within 4 years. In Chadwick's 2nd year at Lackey High School, he led the Chargers to the Maryland 3-A State Championship game, a run which afforded Lackey HS Football its 1st playoff win in 17 years. Since Chadwick's arrival at Marvin Ridge, the Mavericks Football program has compiled a 22-6 record, the 1st playoff victory in school history, and a Co-Southern Carolina Conference Championship.

However, it is his love of community, not his successes on the field that Chadwick reflects upon, "One of the best things about working at Marvin Ridge is the community that we are a part of. The high school is the center of the community…nowhere is this more evident than on Friday nights for home football games. It is being able to play and coach in this community that make it so important for us as a football program to give back." To back these sentiments, Coach Chadwick has not hesitated to set the bar high for himself and his players. Not only do Marvin Ridge HS Varsity players volunteer to coach and mentor the Middle School Football program, but they have used their affluence in the community to spark awareness for several initiatives. Last January, the team worked to build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Waxhaw and have plans to do so again later this year. At their first home game, the team sponsored the "Kickoff for Kids" event to collect donated school supplies for less fortunate students in Union County. The Mavericks also dedicated their last regular season home game to the Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness collecting donations and encouraging fans to wear pink. As a result of their "The Cure Starts Now" game, Marvin Ridge Football recently donated $1,000 to the Komen Foundation.

However, Chadwick's work is not limited to successful events, "We emphasize that our players give back to the community by simply being good citizens. Our players sign 3 Point Code of Conduct contracts prior to every season to reinforce the expectations we have for how they conduct themselves in school, on the field, and in the community." The lessons Chadwick's players learn through his coaching, his discipline, his philanthropy, but most importantly, through his example will undoubtedly impact them for the rest of their lives.

In recognition of Coach Chadwick, Carolina Panthers charities will donate $1,000 to Marvin Ridge High School's athletic department. In addition, Coach Chadwick and the rest of this year's selected coaches will be honored with an on-field presentation during the Panthers last regular season 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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