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LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation announced today that Dinwiddie High School (Dinwiddie County Public Schools) head football coach, Billy Mills, has been named the Redskins High School Coach of the Week presented by Inova Sports Medicine for the week of Sept. 18.
Following five seasons as head coach at Rockbridge County High, Mills arrived at Dinwiddie in 2005, inheriting a program that had won only four of 39 games in its previous four seasons. Since his arrival, Mills has become the architect of success for the program. In their last matchup, the Generals improved to 3-0, defeating Salem by a score of 25-20.
Director of Student Activities, Jeff Walters, credits the program's success to Mills' commitment to the Dinwiddie community. "Coach Mills is a tremendous motivator on and off the field. On the field, he makes good athletes great and great athletes superstars. Off the field, he is possibly even more driven to ensure that his players are good students, good people and productive members of the Dinwiddie community." Walters went on to mention that Coach Mills' ultimate goal is to ensure that every senior he coaches has the opportunity to go to college, even if they don't play football. "Coach Mills' average number of players that go on to play at the college level is much higher than the national average. We have an entire wall in our field house full of pictures of former players that played at some level in college."
Outside of school involvement, Coach Mills is a strong supporter of the men and women that serve this country. "Each year the team chooses a unit that is deployed in a combat zone to sponsor," said Walters. "This unit's flag and patch are integrated into the entire season by carrying the flag when entering the stadium and wearing a patch on the back of their helmets." In addition, Coach Mills is a leader in the "Touchdowns Against Cancer" program each September and October in the state of Virginia.
In terms of safety, Coach Mills has been a school leader with Heads Up Football and Impact concussion programs. He also sponsors a youth camp that emphasizes correct and safe tackling techniques each summer.
Walters ended by saying, "Coach Mills is a dedicated coach that spends endless hours preparing his football team for games and even more time preparing these young men for life after high school."
About Redskins High School Coach of the Week presented by Inova Sports Medicine
The High School Coach of the Week program is a league-wide initiative designed to recognize area high school football coaches who continuously demonstrate hard work and dedication to their football programs, the health and safety of their players, and who make a difference in their communities.
This season, in partnership with Inova Sports Medicine, the Redskins Charitable Foundation has convened a panel of local high school football media experts to provide nominations of deserving high school coaches for consideration and selection. Each coach chosen throughout the high school football season will receive a $2,000 donation from the Redskins Charitable Foundation to their football program and a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden, Redskins President Bruce Allen and Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, as well as other giveaway items from the Redskins Charitable Foundation and Inova Sports Medicine.
For more information on the Redskins High School Coach of the Week program or the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, visit http://www.redskins.com/community or follow the Foundation on Twitter at @RedskinsCR or on Instagram @redskinsgiveback.