Frisco High Head Football Coach Vance Gibson was recognized this fall as the 2016 Week 1 Whataburger Coach of the Week, an award recognizing football coaches who are making a positive impact on their teams, school and community through hard work and dedication to young athletes.
Representatives with the Dallas Cowboys presented the award to Gibson, along with a $2,000 grant for the football program provided by the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation and Whataburger, during a pep rally at Frisco High.
He also received a one-of-a-kind certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones and Cowboys Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson.
At the conclusion of the program, each of the 12 Coach of the Week award-recipients and a guest will be invited to attend a Dallas Cowboys practice a The Star in Frisco with Whataburger executives.
"We’re excited to be a part of this year’s Coach of the Week program with the Dallas Cowboys,” said Whataburger President and CEO Preston Atkinson. “This is a great opportunity for Whataburger to help recognize high school coaches who go above and beyond to mentor our young athletes and play such vital roles within our communities and schools.”
The 2016 season marks the 22nd year the Dallas Cowboys have honored high school football coaches with the Coach of the Week program. The program spans the length of the high school football season and is designed to aid and promote high school football and the development of youth football.
“The Dallas Cowboys are excited to partner with Whataburger on the Coach of the Week program,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer. “Whataburger and high school football are two great Texas traditions. By teaming up to honor high school football coaches, their teams and community, we can say ‘Thank You’ for their hard work in shaping young football players into the very best that they can be.”
The goal of the Coach of the Week program is to give high school football coaches the recognition they deserve and provide schools financial assistance to maintain and upgrade their football programs. Over the last 20 years, the Coach of the Week program has provided more than 200 grants totaling more than $300,000 to area football programs.