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September 06, 2011


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. —The Denver Broncos have named the East High School Angels’ Ron McFarland as the first NFL Coach of the Week for 2011. McFarland led his Angels to a nonleague victory in their season opener against host Eaglecrest at Legacy Stadium last Thursday. The victory was preserved when the Angels stopped a two-point conversion attempt with no time remaining.

“It was rough, but the kids played hard, like it was the state championship,” McFarland said. 

McFarland, 56, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio., and graduated from Taft High School in 1973 and from Iowa State in 1978, where he received a degree in business education. At nose guard, he was a four-year letter winner at Iowa State and a second-team All-America selection in 1977. He teaches technology at Castro Elementary in addition to leading the Angels’ football program at East.

The Denver Broncos will recognize 10 High School Coach of the Week honorees during the regular season. Each weekly winner will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Youth Football Fund to be used in the school’s football program. Additionally, during the Broncos’ home game on Jan. 1 against Kansas City, the NFL/Denver Broncos High School Coach of the Year will be named and presented with a $2,000 donation to the school’s football program. This year’s selection committee is led by Neil Devlin of the Denver Post and includes Ring of Fame Member Billy Thompson of the Denver Broncos and Andy Lindahl of 850 KOA.

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