Chuck Tilley, Eden High School head football coach, has been named the Buffalo Bills High School Coach of the Week for the 3rd week of the high school football season. The Eden Raiders defeated the Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles 10-6 to start the season with a perfect 3-0 record.
Eden trailed 6-3 with less than five minutes to play when Alex Shea scooped up a fumble and ran 15 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
"It was a huge win for us," Tilley said. "When we looked at the schedule we knew that it would be one of the biggest games on the schedule."
Tilley is now in his 14th season as a head coach. He was the head coach at Cheektowaga for 6 seasons before taking the top job at Tonawanda, where he stayed for seven years. Tilley led Cheektowaga to a Division title in 1997 and led Tonawanda to a Division title in 2004.
This is the first time Tilley has been named the Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week and he already has plans for the $1,000 donation from the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation that comes with the honor.
"I was very happy to hear that we get $1,000," Tilley said. "We are going to put that money toward a nice banquet for after the season. The kids have worked hard and deserve to have something nice like that."
Tilley has taught U.S. History and Advanced Placement History at Cheektowaga High School for 20 years.
This is the 13th consecutive year of the Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week program. Each week during the 11-week high school football season, a committee appointed by the Buffalo Bills selects a head football coach as Coach of the Week. The honorees receive a certificate signed by Buffalo Bills head coach Dick Jauron, Buffalo Bills general manager/chief operating officer Russ Brandon and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. They also receive a Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week cap and a $1,000 donation to their school's football program from the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation. Recognition of the winning coach will also be shown on the Buffalo Bills official website (www.buffalobills.com).
At the end of the season, one of the weekly award winners will be named Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $1,000 donation to the school's football program.
2009 Coach of the Week Winners:
Week 1 Kraig Kurzanski Williamsville South Billies
Week 2 Jason Kolb Burgard Bulldogs
Week 3 Chuck Tilley Eden Raiders