Ben JohnsonThe Denver Broncos high school coach of the week award, in its 17th year, will have 10 honorees during the regular season.
The NFL Youth Fund will present a check for $1,000 to the school's program.
Ben Johnson joins Overland's Seth Replogle, Fountain-Fort Carson's Mitch Johnson, Eaton's Bill Mondt, Chaparral's John Vogt, Fruita Monument's Sean Mulvey, McClave's Shawn Randel and The Classical Academy's David Bervig as winners in 2012.
A coach of the year will be announced at the Broncos' Dec. 30 game against Kansas City at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and receive $2,000. Coaches are selected by a panel consisting of Neil H. Devlin, The Denver Post; Billy Thompson, the Broncos; and Andy Lindahl, KOA 850 AM.
At the time of this notification, Delta was ranked ninth in the Denver Post 3A coaches/media poll.
Delta's record at the time was 6-2 overall and 5-1 in league play. Now the Panthers are 6-3 and 5-2 following last week's loss to Rifle.
Johnson began his coaching career as an assistant at Indian Springs, Nev., in 1994 and was the head coach from 1995-97; was head coach at Chaparral, Las Vegas, Nev., from 1998-2001 and then at Sierra Vista, Las Vegas, from 2002-04; was an assistant at Olathe High School from 2006-08; and has been the head coach at Delta High School since 2009.
Johnson was born in Gunnison and graduated from Gunnison High School in 1989. He earned degrees in education, social studies and physical education from Wayne State (Neb.) in 1994.
The 43-year old Johnson teaches P.E. at Delta and also coaches freshman baseball.
In high school, Johnson was a running back and linebacker for the Cowboys from 1985-88 and was selected to the all-Gunnison Valley League team as a senior.