Nate Eimer of West Aurora High School has been named the Chicago Bears High School “Coach of the Week” for Week 7.
The Illinois High School Association made the announcement earlier this week. Throughout the 2014 high school football regular-season (Sept. 1 through Oct. 27) in Illinois, the Chicago Bears honor an IHSA football player and coach each week as a part of its “Bears High School All-Star” and “Bears Coach of the Week” programs. Eimer is the first coach from Kane County this year to receive the Bears honorarium.
The award follows West Aurora’s stunning 27-24 double-overtime victory last Friday over previously unbeaten Waubonsie Valley.
“Eimer’s decision to stick with junior kicker Darryl Watkins after struggling earlier in the season paid off, as Watkins made a 36-yard field goal with 10 seconds left to force overtime and then hit the game-winner from 29 yards in the second overtime,” the IHSA press release said. “Despite already being eliminated from IHSA state playoff contention, Eimer kept his team focused and led them to one of the biggest wins in school history.”
You can read more about it in Rick Armstrong’s high school football notes article in The Beacon-News, as well.
As part of the award, the Chicago Bears will make a $1,500 contribution to the West Aurora High School football program and Eimer will be invited to Soldier Field, where he and the other coaches of the week and high school all-stars will be recognized on Dec. 21 when the Bears host the Detroit Lions.
Eimer is a 2001 graduate of West Aurora and is in his fourth season as head coach.
Throughout the program’s 18-year existence, the Bears have donated over $232,000 to Illinois high schools in support of their football programs.