Local high school coach nominated for Don Shula award

Pine-Richland High School head football coach Jon LeDonne is the Steelers nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year.

In his first season at the helm, LeDonne led the school to the WPIAL Class 5A Championship, defeating Upper St. Clair, 34-3, to win the title.

LeDonne was selected as the Steelers Coach of the Week in October after his team upset North Allegheny, who was ranked No. 4 in the High School Football America Pennsylvania Top 25 at the time.

For the first time this year, the NFL will recognize two winners, one representing the AFC and one the NFC.

The award is named after late Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula.

The NFL Foundation and Nike will present the two winners a $15,000 award to their high school football programs and a $10,000 cash award. The other 30 club nominees will all receive a $1,000 cash award. They will also attend Super Bowl LVII in Arizona as special guests of the NFL. The Don Shula Award winners will be announced in the week prior to the Pro Bowl Games.