The Washington Redskins announced Oct. 12 that head football coach Mark Bendorf of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Va., has been named Redskins High School Coach of the Week for the week of October 5, 2009.
The Redskins High School Coach of the Week program is designed to recognize and reward excellence in high school football coaching.
Coach Bendorf has been head coach at Robinson Secondary School for 13 years. During this time, he has won two Virginia State Championships (1997, 2001), is a two-time Virginia State Coach of the Year (1997 & 2001), a 2004 Washington Post Coach of the Year and a 2008 Fairfax County Football Hall of Fame inductee.
"Coach Bendorf develops a tremendous work ethic in all of his players through a year round strength and conditioning program that has built confidence in our student-athletes and reinforced the characteristics of team work, dedication, and commitment to team goals," says Robinson Director of Student Activities Marty Riddle.
Bendorf is also involved in helping his student-athletes with the college admissions process. Eighty-one of his student-athletes have gone on to play college football and one player, Chip Vaughn, currently plays with the New Orleans Saints.
The Robinson Rams are currently undefeated this season with a 6-0 record.
Off the field, Bendorf speaks at a variety of local, regional and national clinics that are attended by youth, high school and college coaches. He also volunteers his time as an instructor at local football camps to teach football fundamentals to enhance a player's skill level. In addition, Bendorf assists parents and youth leaders with counseling at-risk individuals.
Each week during the 2009 high school football season, the Redskins will select one area high school head coach as the Redskins High School Coach of the Week. The selection is based on the coach's continuing commitment towards promoting youth football, developing motivated student-athletes, his overall community involvement and overall team performance and record.
Each of the coaches chosen throughout the high school season will receive a $1,000 donation from the NFL Youth Football Fund to their football program and a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Redskins head coach Jim Zorn.