Cronin and Shapiro were both named NFL High School Coach of the Week, announced by the Seattle Seahawks and Sterling Bank on Thursday.
It was extra special for Cronin, who, in his first game as Bruins coach, led Cascade to a 20-12 win over Shorewood and ended a 24-game losing streak that lasted over two seasons in the process.
"It's been quite a week," Cronin said. "It's definitely a team award. There's a lot of people who bought into this and made this happen."
Cronin gave credit to his players for the victory. "It was really cool to see all the hard work they've put in pay off," Cronin said. "Our theme this year is believe and the kids worked hard and committed themselves and that was the result."
Shapiro, the longtime King's coach, led his Knights to a 42-39 win over defending 2A champ Lynden.
Cronin and Shapiro each receive $500 for their football programs and $225 gift card to Sports Authority.
Here's a video of Cronin's pregame speech to his team before Friday's game:
Here's the press release in full:
The Seahawks and Sterling Bank will partner on the NFL High School Coach of the Week program through the 2012 season.
RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks and Sterling Bank will once again partner on the NFL High School Coach of the Week program during the 2012 football season.
The weekly recipients will receive a $500 cash donation for their football program from the Seattle Seahawks and a $225 Sports Authority gift card and a Seahawks jacket from Sterling Bank.
Week one saw Cascade High School's Joe Cronin and King's High School's Jim Shapiro named "NFL High School Coaches of the Week" for the state of Washington.
Cronin led his Cascade Bruins (1-0) of Everett, Washington to a 20-12 victory over Shorewood H.S. in non-league matchup on Friday, August 31.
Shapiro's Kings Knights (1-0) found the win column with a 42-39 victory over the visiting Lynden Lions in their non-league game on Friday in Seattle.
Now in its 17th season, the NFL High School Coach of the Week program is a partnership between the Washington State Football Coaches Association, the Seattle Seahawks and Sterling Bank.
Following the season, once coach will receive the Jim Ennis Award for High School Coach of the Year. The 2012 NFL High School Coach of the Year for Washington State will receive a $2,000 cash grant.
For more information visit www.seahawks.com.
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