<span>Defeating Archbishop Rummel at Joe Yenni Stadium would give any high school coach a good chance to win the NFL Coach of the Week Award. Defeating Rummel to cap off an undefeated season pretty much solidifies winning the accolade.
Brother Martin's Jay Pittman did just that, beating the Raiders 14 to 9 in an intense defensive battle in the ever-competitive Catholic League.
For these efforts, Pittman has been chosen the NFL Coach of the Week for week ten.
Pittman, who is in his third season as the Crusaders' head coach, delivered his alma mater their first outright Catholic League title since 1972 when he was ten-years-old. Brother Martin finished a sparkling 8-0 in the regular season, winning with stifling defense. The Crusaders pitched a league-best five shutouts in 2008. "I'm really proud of my kids this year. I kept telling them all you have to do is work harder than you ever have and you can accomplish whatever you want," said Pittman. "It was a fun year," he added.
Brother Martin will be right back in the thick of things next season with 13 starters returning, and there is a good bet this won't be Coach Pittman's last NFL Coach of the Week Award.
The New Orleans Saints and the NFL would like to congratulate Coach Jay Pittman. The Saints and the league will donate $1,000 to the Brother Martin Athletic Department on behalf of Coach Pittman's football program.