Former Upper St. Clair Coach Jim Render is the Steelers nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year.
Render, who coached Upper St. Clair since 1979, retired after this season with 406 career wins, the most wins by a football coach in WPIAL history.
The Steelers honored Render early in the season for reaching the 400 win plateau, something no coach in WPIAL history had ever accomplished.
The award isn’t just based on wins and losses though, but for character and integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety as well as on-field success.
“We are honored to celebrate the 32 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees, as each embodies the integrity, commitment and character of Coach Shula,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “High school football coaches not only serve as leaders, but as role models dedicated to shaping the lives of young high school players on and off the field.”
Render will join the other 31 nominees at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, and will be recognized during the week.
The two finalists will each receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, with $10,000 of that going to their high school’s football program. The winner of the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year will be announced during the Pro Bowl on Jan. 27 and will be recognized at NFL Honors on Feb. 2, the night before Super Bowl LIII.