The Buccaneers are coming off their bye week and looking ahead to a return to action against the Titans in Tennessee. Before they do that, the winner of Week Eight's Coach of the Week, presented by Tampa Electric, is Jemalle Cornelius, head coach at Fort Meade High School in Fort Meade, Florida. This Thursday, Cornelius will take a tour of AdventHealth Training Center as well as enjoy lunch at the facility and meet with Head Coach Bruce Arians. As part of the award, his program was also presented with a $2,000 grant from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation for the Miners football program.
What did it mean for you to be nominated and then win Coach of the Week?
It meant a lot for me to be nominated for Coach of the Week. We got off to a slow start this year, but we've won two in a row. The win against Discovery was a big one for us. Hopefully we can ride that momentum into the two upcoming games.
How can the attached grant help your program?
The grant will be a big boost for our program. We would like to make some improvements to our locker room, so this will be a big help.
What's most important to you as a coach and mentor to young players?
The most important thing for me as a coach/mentor to young players is getting them become the best version of themselves. I believe that a lot of the players we encounter need something that is simple, but goes a long way: encouragement! They need a good balance of tough love and assuring affirmation.