DeKalb County Tigers Football Coach Steve Trapp has been voted the Titans High School Coach of the Week. Trapp was nominated by the Smithville Review for the Tigers’ win over Livingston Academy last Friday, which snapped a 19-year losing streak with the Wildcats.
The Tennessee Titans four nominees for week two of the Titans High School Coach of the Week honors were Trapp, Bruce Lussier of Nashville’s Father Ryan, Justin Price of Campbell County High School and Noah Lampkins of Gleason High School. Week two voting ended 8 a.m. on Sept. 12.
Trapps’ nomination reads: "Led by a freshman quarterback, Steven Jennings, Coach Trapp’s Tigers defeated Livingston Academy Wildcats, 35-28. This is DeKalb’s first win against the Wildcats since 1994. In the game’s final seconds, the Tigers’ defense was successful with a goal line stand as Livingston threatened to tie the game."
Each coach was nominated by sports media throughout the state of Tennessee, on the basis of specific criteria. The specific criteria for Tennessee high school coaches included beating a longtime rival, snapping a losing streak, defeating a defending champion, an amazing come from behind victory, and/or involvement in the local community.
Also considered is a coach’s consideration of his players’ safety, by teaching the fundamentals of the game, proper tackling techniques, concussion management practices and adherence to heat and hydration guidelines.
The weekly winners of the Coach of the Week will earn a $1,000 grant from the Tennessee Titans Foundation for his football program to be used to provide funds for equipment, turf treatment or upgrades to their field house. At the conclusion of the Tennessee State playoffs, a Titans High School Coach of the Year will be selected and that winner will earn a $2,000 grant from the Titans Foundation for his school’s football program.
The Titans began honoring Tennessee’s High School Coaches in 1998 and since that time, have awarded more than $150,000 in grants to support high school football programs throughout Tennessee via this program.