Oak Grove’s Ryan Gregory Finalist for NFL’s High School Coach of the Year Award

The NFL announced all 32 nominations for the 2021 Don Shula High School Coach of the Year Award on Thursday, and the New Orleans Saints nominated Oak Grove head coach Ryan Gregory, who led his squad to its second consecutive Class 1A state championship in 2020.

Gregory has done a tremendous job of keeping the Tigers’ historic legacy intact since taking over the program in 2014. He has led Oak Grove to three consecutive state title appearances and at least an appearance in the semifinals six times in his seven years at the helm. He owns a 71-20 overall record and has two state championships and a runner-up title to his credit.

The coaches were recognized by their local NFL club for their character and integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.

“This year’s 32 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees represent the crucial role that high school football coaches play in positively shaping the character of players,” said NFL Vice President of Philanthropy and Executive Director of the NFL Foundation, Alexia Gallagher. “We are proud to honor these coaches who have provided exemplary mentorship to student-athletes both on and off the field.”

Two finalists will be selected and a winner will be announced this summer. Nike, a presenting partner, and the NFL Foundation will award $12,500 to the Don Shula Award winner while the associated High School football program will be awarded $17,500.

The second finalist will receive $7,500 while the associated High School football program will be awarded $12,500. In addition, the other 30 finalists will receive $1,000 each.

2021 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees.

Arizona CardinalsRick GarretsonChandler High School
Atlanta FalconsDerrick AveryBooker T. Washington High School
Baltimore RavensEmanuel GloverReginald F. Lewis High School
Buffalo BillsDerek AnnechinoAquinas Institute
Carolina PanthersJupiter WilsonHickory Ridge High School
Chicago BearsRobert MoynihanHarlem High School
Cincinnati BengalsTravis PendletonIronton
Cleveland BrownsMarty GibbonsLake Catholic High School
Dallas CowboysRodney McLainPoteet High School
Denver BroncosZac LemonEaton High School
Detroit LionsRob ZimmermanDewitt (MI) High School
Green Bay PackersTom ChaseRandolph High School
Houston TexansJon KayNorth Shore Senior High School
Indianapolis ColtsEric MooreCenter Grove
Jacksonville JaguarsAdam GeisSandalwood High School
Kansas City ChiefsTom RadkeSaint James Academy
Las Vegas RaidersJon HicksLas Vegas High School
Los Angeles ChargersGabriel ArellanoMontebello High School
Los Angeles RamsLorenzo HernandezGarfield High School
Miami DolphinsEarl SimsGulliver Preparatory School
Minnesota VikingsRex MetzgerHills-Beaver Creek High School
New England PatriotsManny LopezNorwood High School
New Orleans SaintsRyan GregoryOak Grove High School
New York GiantsBenjie WimberlyHackensack High School (N.J.)
New York JetsRobert GogertyCedar Grove High School
Philadelphia EaglesAl CrosbySaint John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School
Pittsburgh SteelersMark LyonsCentral Valley High School
San Francisco 49ersJoe BatesSkyline High School
Seattle SeahawksRick SteeleHockinson High School
Tampa Bay BuccaneersChris DavidsonRidge Community High School
Tennessee TitansKeith HenryCoalfield High School
Washington Football TeamEric LuddenMassaponax High School