The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation announced Monday that Woodbridge High School head football coach Gary Wortham has been named the Redskins High School Coach of the Week presented by Inova Sports Medicine for the week of Oct. 30.
Wortham arrived at Woodbridge High School three seasons ago. However, this season is his best start yet. Currently, the Woodbridge Vikings are 9-1,
“Wortham’s drive is beyond football,” said George Washington, Woodbridge High School Activities Director. “He strives to inspire his athletes to use their talent as a tool to help them succeed after their athletic career ends.”
Off the field, Wortham stresses the importance of academics and community outreach among his athletes. “In order to ensure that his students have opportunities for academic success during the season, Coach Wortham holds a study hall before practices and helps to provide tutors for students needing assistance,” Washington added.
In terms of safety, Wortham focuses on teaching proper tackling fundamentals to all student-athletes. In addition, the entire coaching staff is very well versed in the latest safety training techniques.
Washington ended by saying, “Coach Wortham genuinely cares about all students. He runs his program with integrity and such precision that his players not only have respect for him, but take pride in being a part of the team no matter if they win or lose.”
The High School Coach of the Week program is a league-wide initiative designed to recognize area high school football coaches who continuously demonstrate hard work and dedication to their football programs, the health and safety of their players, and who make a difference in their communities.
This season, in partnership with Inova Sports Medicine, the Redskins Charitable Foundation has convened a panel of local high school football media experts to provide nominations of deserving high school coaches for consideration and selection.
Each coach chosen throughout the high school football season will receive a $2,000 donation from the Redskins Charitable Foundation to their football program and a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden, Redskins President Bruce Allen and Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, as well as other giveaway items from the Redskins Charitable Foundation and Inova Sports Medicine.