Army Iron Man and Coach honored during Steelers halftime show.
This season the US Army held a statewide campaign to recognize the best two-way high school football player and coach voted on by football fans across Pennsylvania. SFC Chavira was on hand to award the Army Iron Man High School Player of the year to Derek Durand of the Freeport High School Yellow Jackets. Derek had a team leading 33 receptions for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns while also making 81 total tackles on defense. Derek, the Army Iron Man of the Year, will receive a championship quality ring from Jostens and the Army.
SFC Chavira also awarded the first ever US Army Coach of the year to Todd Hazlett coach of Deer Lake’s High School. Hazlett led Deer Lakes to its first winning season since 1995 (7-3), and the school’s first-ever WPIAL playoff appearance in the 41-year history of Lancers’ football. Fans from across the state selected Hazlett from among ten finalists. Hazlett will receive four passes to the 2011 Steelers Coaching Clinic and the Deer Lakes High School athletic department will receive a $500 donation from “The Sports Flash” Radio Network.