Joey Paridaen of Eastern Greene High School has been named the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week, a program presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.


Coach Paridaen was nominated and selected for this award after the Thunderbirds defeated Class 2A No. 9 Linton-Stockton, 35-12. Eastern Greene have won their first eight games for the first time in school’s history.


The 2017 season marks the eighteenth year the Indianapolis Colts will be recognizing outstanding Indiana High School football coaches through the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.


All high school head coaches in the state of Indiana are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach’s impact on his team, school and community, as well as performance of the team.  The honorees are selected by a panel of high school football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from all regions of the state.


Each Monday, following a high school football game weekend, one head coach will be announced. At the conclusion of the high school football season, each winning coach will receive a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano, Colts General Manager Chris Ballard and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from the NFL Foundation.  In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school’s athletic fund.


The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 8:


Region 1: Leroy Marsh – Munster Region 6: Desson Hannum – Southmont
Region 2: Phil Jensen – Warsaw Region 7: Ott Hurrle – Scecina
Region 3: Luke Amstutz – East Noble Region 8: Jordan McCaslin – Shenandoah
Region 4: Chris Meeks – Rensselaer Central Region 9:  Scott Buening – Southridge
Region 5: Jeff Adamson – Eastbrook Region 10:  WINNER