The Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports are proud to once again work together to recognize some of the best coaches Western New York has to offer as part of the 2022 High School Football Coach of the Week program.
The Bills and ADPRO Sports will honor collegiate football coaches with the Coach of the Week award to not only highlight their team’s accomplishments on the field, but also some of the work they do off the field in their communities. We will announce winners from the Buffalo and Rochester regions over the course of 11 weeks, with each region’s Coach of the Year being crowned during the January 2023 Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots game at Highmark Stadium.
Each Coach of the Week winner will receive a $1,000 stipend from Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports. The respective Coach of the Year winners will receive an additional $1,000 for their programs. Winners are selected by a panel of local high school football experts.
Buffalo Region Coach of the Week #8
Albion head coach David Skrip was named Buffalo Region Coach of the Week for the seventh week after his Purple Eagles clinched a 26-20 win over arch-rivals Medina last week. It was the 124th time the teams have played – they have played every year since 1898.
Medina had started the game 7-0 and was 4th in NYS. Albion fell 14-0 at half-time, but Coach Skrip urged his players to stay focused.
“Just keep believing in each other,” he said. “Keep playing hard and take it bit by bit.”
Albion came on the scoreboard when Javon Jones ran 8 yards for a TD to pull the Eagles within 14-6. Medina took a 20-6 lead in the third quarter, but Albion responded when QB Amari Jones threw a 40-yard TD pass to Kwame Riley, leaving Albion 20-12 behind. Later in the 3rd quarter, Javon Jones ran 7 yards for a TD and Albion trailed 20-18. With just 1:30 left in the 4th quarter, Albion started a drive on their own 30. The Eagles drove left to the Medina 6-yard line at :49 when Javon Jones ran to his 3rd TD of the night to give Albion theirs first lead at 26-18. With Medina’s subsequent possession, Dallas Ecker intercepted the pass at the 50-yard line to seal the win.
Coach Skrip coached at Albion for 7 seasons. He was named head coach ahead of the 2021 season and led Albion to a 6-3 record and a playoff berth last season.
Albion is now 6-2 and will play Pioneer in the first round of the Tier B playoffs on Friday.
Coach Skrip’s varsity players are active in the school community and run a Big Brother program where varsity players are introduced to younger students for advice and to act as mentors. Coach Skrip also runs a 7th through 12th grade strength and conditioning program for athletes in the Albion program over the summer.
Off the field, Skrip teaches 8th grade social studies in Albion.
Rochester Region Coach of the Week #8
U-Prep head coach Isiah Young was named Week 8 Rochester Coach of the Week after leading the Griffins to a 30-6 win over Rush-Henrietta. U-Prep finished the regular season with an 8-0 record and won the AA regular season title.
RB Christopher Jean led a solid ground attack as he rushed 9 times for 111 yards. QB Noah Hill completed 16 of 24 passes for 218 yards and 3 TDs.
Young trained at U-Prep for three seasons and last fall won the Section 5 Class A title. After the season, U-Prep was promoted to Grade AA despite being an all-boys charter school with only 216 students. His career record as head coach is 22-3.
Coach Young has its players very active in the community. Six U-Prep captains recently attended a gun violence summit in Rochester to discuss downtown gun violence issues.
“We need to get young people talking about these issues,” Young said. “You need to be aware of the situations that lead to gun violence.”
Coach Young also takes his players on college tours during the off-season.
“I want these kids to see something different, a place that’s not Rochester,” Young said. “I want them to see that if they take their academics and football seriously, they can go to college.”
“We just load a bunch of kids on the school buses and go,” he said. “We went to off-season college workouts. We were in prospect camps. The furthest we went in 2019 was Michigan. We went to UConn this summer.”
Young has been an instructor at U-Prep for four years. The head coach is focused on the importance of off-field academics who helped his team post a 3.18 GPA through Week 5 of the season.
Coach Young and his players have a close relationship with the Flower City Panthers Youth organization. This summer they donated equipment to help them when they lack it. The organization also hosted a halftime show for the 10 & 11u team during their homecoming to showcase the youth in our community.