CoW: Ron Peduzzi

Ron Peduzzi started his high school coaching career at Hilton Head Preparatory School in August of 2000 and has been there ever since. During his tenure as the head coach, he has made significant improvements to the football program, while impacting hundreds of students in the classroom.

Under Peduzzi's tutelage, significant facility improvements have been made including new bleachers in the stadium, an upgraded press box, the creation of a signature created a hedge fence for the sidelines of the field, new scoreboard, practice fields and revamped weight room. Coach Peduzzi's zest for his program has seen participation grow from the 18-member squad he inherited to a program that boasts over 80 players, including a junior varsity, B-team and varsity. He has also led the Dolphins to two state championships in the past four seasons.

Peduzzi has been recognized multiple times for his coaching efforts, including Island Packet Coach of the Year (2005), SCISA Region II AA Coach of the Year (2005) and High School Sports Report SCISA AA Coach of the Year (2005 and 2007).

"I love the game of football and that is why I started coaching," said Peduzzi. "My father and uncle were both coaches, so I grew up watching and learning about the game."

Peduzzi's success goes far beyond the football field. In the classroom, he is respected as one of the nation's elite teachers and is equally decorated for his ability to affectively teach, motivate and inspire his students. He has won the National Honor Roll's Outstanding American Teachers Award in 2005 and 2006. He was selected to the Congressional Youth Leadership Council Honorary Commission in 2006 and as a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Finally, in 2007, recognized by the Savannah Morning News for Excellence in Teaching.

A native of Trafford, Pennsylvania, Coach Peduzzi played outside linebacker at California University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor's degree in History in 1986 and a Masters in Social Science in 1989. He entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at CUP and has honed his football knowledge and coaching skills with stops at Widener University, East Stroudsburg University, Wake Forest University and Maryville College.

Peduzzi credits much of his success on the football field and in the classroom to his time spent in the Marine Corps. He served in the Marines and the Marine Reserve from 1986 through 2002, which included tours of duty in the Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm.

"I learned a lot from my time in the Marine Corps and I try to share my experience with my student-athletes to let them know that there are a lot bigger things out there than football," said Peduzzi. "I also use it to teach them discipline and respect that they will be able to use throughout their lives."

All of the Dolphin football players take part in regular community service activities each year. They give their time to help Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, and other organizations. They also help their fellow students through tutoring programs.

Coach Peduzzi currently lives in Hilton Head, SC with his wife Janet. They have two children, John Patrick and Abby Grace.

In recognition of Peduzzi's achievements, the Hilton Head Preparatory 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 ten 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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