Sherman named Staples coach of year

Staples, Inc. and the National Football League today announced that Coach Mike Sherman of the Green Bay Packers is the 2002 Staples NFL Coach of the Year, selected solely by the fans, who cast more than 174,000 votes in the online balloting this season.<p>

Sherman will receive an official Coach of the Year trophy, and Staples and the NFL will make a charitable contribution of $25,000 in his name, Marion House, his charity of choice. Marion House is a licensed group home for pregnant and parenting teens and their babies, which emphasizes parenting skills, education and independent living skills. Coach Sherman and his wife, Karen, are proud supporters and volunteers for the organization.

Sherman led the Packers to a 12-4 record for the second straight season. He began his 24-year coaching career in 1981 as a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. From there he went on to other college teams including Tulane University, College of the Holy Cross, Texas A&M and UCLA where he held a variety of coaching positions. He began his professional coaching experience in 1997 with the Packers as the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach. In 1999, Sherman went to the Seattle Seahawks as offensive coordinator before returning to Green Bay in 2000.

Last season, the Staples NFL Coach of the Year was Dick Jauron of the Chicago Bears. Past winners include, Jim Haslett of the New Orleans Saints in 2000, Dick Vermeil of the St. Louis Rams in 1999 and Dan Reeves of the Atlanta Falcons in 1998.

The Staples NFL Coach of the Year award complements the Staples Coach of the Week program that honors an NFL head coach each week for an outstanding game during the regular season. In conjunction with this recognition, a local school in that coach's region is randomly drawn from entries to receive a $5,000 Staples gift certificate and a visit from the NFL head coach. The Staples Coach of the Week program, now in its seventh year, has donated more than $500,000 in school supplies to schools nationwide.

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