Cully Welter of Monticello High School in Monticello, IL was named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 9.
In his 17 years as a head football coach, each of coach Welter’s teams has advanced to the state playoffs. Entering week nine, the Sages had a 5-3 record and recently defeated state power St. Teresa Catholic High School with a 35-7 win to qualify for the postseason. This marked the second consecutive game Monticello had to win in order to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Coach Welter has established a reputation for turning around football programs. In 17 seasons, his teams are 155-51.
In honor of Welter, $1,500 will be donated to Monticello High School’s football program. Welter will be invited to the Bears-Seahawks game on Sunday, December 18 and will be recognized during an on-field ceremony. He will also receive a framed certificate and will have the opportunity to attend a Bears practice and “chalk-talk” with Bears head coach Lovie Smith and other 2011 “Coach of the Week” honorees.
The Chicago Bears “Coach of the Week” program is in its 16th season. The program honors outstanding Illinois high school coaches who develop players’ football skills and knowledge, character, leadership, discipline and teamwork abilities. Other criteria considered include unique coaching methodology, community and off-field components, school and community support, volunteerism and, most importantly, contributions to players’ long-term success on and off the field.
The program ran for nine weeks, from August 29 through October 24. Deserving high school coaches were nominated by a panel of local prep authorities and the winning “Coach of the Week” was selected each week. The Chicago Bears will make a $1,500 contribution to the football program at each winning coach’s school.
Since the program’s inception, the Bears have donated over $198,000 to Illinois high schools in support of their football programs. For more information, log on to www.chicagobears.com/community or call the Chicago Bears Community Relations department at (847) 739-5308.
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