COW: Chuck Webster

The Carolina Panthers have selected Randal "Chuck" Webster of Trinity Christian School (Fayetteville, NC) as a Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week. The second-year head coach has committed himself to making his players winners on the football field, in the classroom and in the community.

In his first season as head coach, Webster led the Trinity Christian Crusaders to a 13-0 record and a NCISAA 8-Man State Championship. He was voted the 2007 Coach of the Year for that division. This year, the Crusaders are off to another great start, already 8-0 and possibly on the road to another undefeated state championship season.

Along with being a football coach, Webster also teaches a variety of subjects. For the 88 students at Trinity Christian, he teaches Biology, Spanish, Civics, and Current Affairs.

Away from football, Webster is active in the Fayetteville community. He volunteers to work with the 21st Century Children's program. It is a federally funded program that works with low wealth children who are at level one or two on their EOG's (End of Grade Tests). Webster lends a hand by assisting students from three local elementary schools through tutoring and mentoring. He is also involved in academic camps through the Area Health Education Center at various colleges and universities in North Carolina.

"Coach Webster is a great role model for these children and that is one of the big things we need around here," said Linda Vandevender, director of the 21st Century Children's program. "A lot of the kids around here grow up without a father, and he is a great male figure to look up to because he always does the right thing. We hired him before he even graduated college because we knew the kind of person that he is."

Webster played his high school and college football in Fayetteville, NC. He played high school football at Douglas Byrd for the legendary coach Bob Paroli, who has more wins than any other coach in North Carolina history. He then went on to play left tackle at Methodist College where he was voted to the NCAA Division III All American Team. He has been married for nine years to his wife Julia. The couple lives in Fayetteville.

In recognition of Webster's achievement, the Trinity Christian School Athletic Department will receive a $1,000 donation from the Carolina Panthers and the National Football League.

During the 2008 season, the Panthers will select 10 High School Coach of the Week winners, who will all be honored during an on-field presentation at the Panthers home game versus the Denver Broncos on December 14. At that time, the 2008 Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Year will be announced, and the winning coach will receive an additional $1,000 donation to his school's athletic department.

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, and provides high schools with financial assistance to help maintain and upgrade their football programs.

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