CoW: Mike Newsome

Since the doors opened at David W. Butler High School in 1997, Head Coach, Mike Newsome has been there through thick and thin. Newsome has helped build a successful football program that has consistently produced wins, playoff appearances, all-star selections and student athletes who have played in college.

Three alumni are currently on NFL teams, including the Carolina Panthers' very own receiver, #81 Kenneth Moore.

Since Newsome took over as head coach, his teams have won on the field and in the classroom by averaging over 10 wins per season and earning a collective 3.0 GPA. "Coach Newsome is passionate about winning and leaves no stone unturned to see that our athletes are prepared for each Friday night," said Principal Theresa Hopkins.

Newsome's passion for his students to succeed after high school is always present and is seen through his efforts in finding universities for students to play for upon graduation. "There are enough colleges in the U.S. for students who desire to play in college to be able to do so," said Newsome. 2008 marked a banner year as six seniors signed letters of intent on national signing day, including five Division I schools.

In the classroom, Newsome leads Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools with his composite scores every year in physical science, taking on the challenge of pushing his students to higher limits each day. Newsome's willingness to educate those outside the walls of Butler extends to the community through his speaking engagements at the Carolina Panthers' annual Football Mom 101 and at Mint Hill Moms. This year, Newsome has been selected to be the assistant director for the Charlotte Coach of the Year Clinic. Newsome also serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Football Coaches Association.

Newsome's accomplishments speak volumes about his commitment to Butler, his students and players. "The task of touching many young people that walk the halls of Butler High School is a testimony to the dedication that Coach Newsome brings to every student athlete that he is in touch with on a daily basis," said Athletic Director, Jim Boone.

In recognition of Harper and Newsome's achievements, their high school athletic department will receive a $1,000 donation from the Carolina Panthers and the National Football League.

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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