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Sports · October 30, 2014

Eagles’ Finnerty honored as Redskins Coach of the Week

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
In his third year as head coach at Liberty, Sean Finnerty has a 21-11 career record.
My assistant coaches and players deserve all the credit. They put in countless hours and effort every week. It is a great for our football program to be acknowledged and rewarded for the hard work this season.
— Sean Finnerty
The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation on Thursday named Liberty’s Sean Finnerty its “High School Coach of the Week.”

The honor followed an epic battle at Eastern View last Friday.

Finnerty lead his team to a 41-34 victory in a Group 4A North showdown with the previously-unbeaten Cyclones. That kept the Eagles (7-1) in the fourth seed of the region, where Eastern View ranks seventh. The top 16 teams make the playoffs.

The award – which includes a $1,000 check from the NFL Youth Football Fund to the school’s football program and a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Redskins officials – recognizes excellence in high school football coaching.

Liberty Principal Sam Cox broke the news to the coach early in the week.

“When Mr. Cox informed me Tuesday morning that I had won, I didn’t know what to say,” Finnerty said during practice later that day. “I asked what it meant, and he said the football program was getting $1,000. That’s when I started jumping up and down.”

He called the award recognition of the Eagles’ efforts to do things well.

“I did not feel deserving of such an award,” Finnery said. “My assistant coaches and players deserve all the credit. They put in countless hours and effort every week.

“It is a great for our football program to be acknowledged and rewarded for the hard work this season.

“The best thing about the award is the monetary gift of $1,000 into the football program. Fundraising is never easy, and it is a great help. A big thank you to their organization for such a gracious gift.”

The award considers the coach’s continuing commitment to promoting youth football, developing motivated student-athletes, overall community involvement and overall team performance.

Finnerty and his team support the Fauquier Youth Football program, inviting players and coaches to a home game, where the youngsters get to run the field before kickoff.

The team also has donated its labor the past two years at Cornucopia Volunteer Farm in Culpeper. The farm provides fresh produce and proteins for food pantries, soup kitchens and senior centers in five counties, including Fauquier.

At the end of the season, the Redskins foundation will select a Coach of the Year among weekly winners. That award includes another $2,000.

Kettle Run’s Jeff Lloyd earned the weekly award in 2011.

Lloyd and Finnerty will face each other Friday night as their teams clash in Bealeton. The Cougars (6-2) and Eagles (7-1) will kick off at 7 p.m.
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