David Skrip & Isiah Young Earn Bills-ADPRO Sports High School Coach of the Week Honor

The Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports are proud to team up again to recognize some of the best coaches Western New York has to offer through the 2022 High School Football Coach of the Week program.

The Bills and ADPRO Sports will award varsity head-tackle football coaches the Coach of the Week Award to highlight not only their team’s performance on the field, but also some of the work they do off the field in their communities. We will be announcing the winners from the Buffalo and Rochester regions over the course of 11 weeks, with both regions named Coach of the Year in the Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots game at Highmark Stadium in January 2023.

Each Coach of the Week winner will receive a $1,000 grant from the Buffalo Bills and ADPRO Sports. The respective Coach of the Year winners will also receive an additional $1,000 for their programs. The winners are selected by a panel of local high school football experts.

Buffalo Region Coach of the Week #8

Albion head coach David Skrip has been named Buffalo Region Coach of the Week in week seven after winning his Purple Eagles 26-20 last week against arch-rival Medina. It was the 124th time the teams played – they have played every year since 1898.

Medina had entered the game 7-0 and was in 4th place in NYS. Albion trailed 14-0 at halftime, but coach Skrip told his players to stay focused.

“Keep believing in each other,” he said. “Keep playing hard and do it piece by piece.”

Albion came on the scoreboard when Javon Jones ran 8 yards for a TD to draw the Eagles within 14-6. Medina led 20-6 in the third quarter, but Albion answered when QB Amari Jones threw a 40-yard TD pass to Kwame Riley and Albion trailed 20-12. Later in the 3rd quarter, Javon Jones ran 7 yards for a TD and Albion trailed 20-18. With only 1:30 to go into the 4th quarter, Albion started a drive on their own 30. The Eagles drove to the Medina 6-yard line with :49 left as Javon Jones ran for his 3rd TD of the night to give Albion their first lead at 26-18. On Medina’s subsequent possession, Dallas Ecker intercepted the pass at the 50-yard line to seal the win.

Coach Skrip has coached for 7 seasons at Albion. He was named head coach for the 2021 season and led Albion to a 6-3 record and a playoff spot last season.

Albion is now 6-2 and will face Pioneer in the first round of the Class B playoffs on Friday.

Coach Skrip’s varsity players are active in the school community and have a Big Brother program where varsity players are introduced to younger students to provide guidance and act as mentors. Coach Skrip also runs a strength and conditioning program in the summer for 7th through 12th graders for athletes in the Albion program.

Off the field, Skrip teaches social studies in Albion’s 8th grade.

Rochester Region Coach of the Week #8

U-Prep head coach Isiah Young was named Rochester Coach of the Week in week eight after leading the Griffins to a 30-6 win over Rush-Henrietta. U-Prep finished the regular season with an 8-0 record and won the regular season title in AA.

RB Christopher Jean led a solid ground attack while running 9 times for 111 yards. QB Noah Hill completed 16 of 24 passes for 218 yards and 3 TDs.

Young has coached at U-Prep for 3 seasons and won the Section 5 Class A title last fall. After the season, U-Prep was moved to the Class AA level, despite being a boys-only charter school with only 216 students. His career record as a head coach is 22-3.

Coach Young has his players very active in the community. Six U-Prep captains recently attended a Gun Violence Summit in Rochester to discuss issues of gun violence in the inner city.

“We need to get young people talking about these issues,” Young said. “They need to be aware of situations that cause gun violence.”

Coach Young also takes his players on college tours off-season.

“I want to show these kids something different, a place Rochester isn’t,” Young said. “I want them to see that if they take their studies and football seriously, going to college is something they can do.”

“We’ll just load some kids into the school vans and go,” he said. “We’ve attended off-season training at colleges, we’ve been to prospect camps. The furthest we went was to Michigan in 2019. We went to UConn last summer.”

Young has been a teacher at U-Prep for the past four years. The head coach focuses on the importance of academics off the field, who played a role in his team with a GPA of 3.18 through week 5 of the season.

Coach Young and his players have a close relationship with the Flower City Panthers Youth organization. This summer they donated equipment to help them with a lack of it. The organizers also had a halftime show for the 10 & 11am team on their return home to showcase the youth in our community.

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