Eagles nominate Camden coach for national award
Camden High School head football coach Dwayne Savage has been chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles as its nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. Savage was nominated for the national award after the winningest coach in NFL history for his character and integrity, devotion to serving the community, commitment to player health and safety, and on-field success.
Since being selected the head football coach at Camden High School in 2012, Savage has guided the Panthers to a terrific 62-25 overall record, which included six winning seasons, two of which ended with 10 wins. In 2019, Camden finished with an 8-4 record and advanced to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central Jersey, Group 2 championship.
During his 23 year coaching career, Savage has mentored three NFL players, 25 Division-I student-athletes, and more 60 Division-II, Division-III and junior college student-athletes. His leadership and winning efforts has even inspired some of his former players to pursue the coaching ranks, as three went on to become Division-I coaches.
“Over the past two decades, Dwayne Savage’s dedication to high school football has greatly impacted the lives of his players, their families and the South Jersey community,” said Julie Hirshey, the Eagles’ director of community relations in a statement. “His ability to get the very best out of his players, both on and off the field, has played an instrumental role in their academic and athletic achievements in college and beyond. Dwayne represented everything that is great about high school football, and so we are proud to nominate him as our coach of the year.”
On Friday, Nov.15, a playoff game between Camden and Pleasantville was halted prematurely in the third quarter as a result of gunfire. Three individuals suffered injuires evening, including a 10-year-old boy who died five days later. In an effort to persevere through the tragedy and demonstrate that acts of violence will never win, Savage huddled with representatives from Pleasantville, the NJSIAA and the Eagles to determine a scenario in which the game could resume. It was decided that the game would continue at Lincoln Financial Field on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Camden won the game and dedicated the victory in memory of Micah Tennant, the 10-year-old boy who lost his life earlier in the day.
The Shula Award winner will receive $10,000 and his high school football program will be awarded $15,000. The winner will be announced during the 2020 Pro Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. on ESPN and simulcast on ABC.
Lincoln’s Murray earns Division II monthly honor
Lincoln University basketball standout Kwanza Murray has been selected the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Month for the month of December 2019.
Murray helped Lincoln produce a 4-1 record in December, a month which saw Lincoln earn its first ever D2SIDA regional ranking in the Atlantic region and receive votes in both the D2SIDA and WBCA national Top 25 polls. The Lions finished the month ranked No. 5 in the D2SIDA Atlantic Region poll.
Murray, a senior guard, averaged 19.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game during the month of December. She’s averaging 22.3 points a game this season.
Brett Diersen moved to new Temple coaching post
Temple head football coach Rod Carey announced the promotion of Brett Diersen from associate special teams coordinator to outside linebacker coach and special teams coordinator. This promotion allows Diersen to be one of 10 full-time coaches with an on-field role.
“Brett is an excellent coach and I’m really excited to get him back on the field,” said Carey in a statement. “He adapted very well last year joining us right before the season. Brett has a wealth of experience to draw from vwon defense and works well with [defensive coordinator] Jeff [Knowles], Walter [Stewart], Melvin [Rice] and Tyler [Yelk].”