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Lalor Up For USA Today Honor

Stillman Valley's Mike Lalor is up for USA Today's Best Coach in Illinois Award.
STILLMAN VALLEY-Stillman Valley's Mike Lalor is receiving national attention from USA Today. He's one of eight high school football coaches in Illlinois up for the paper's Best Coach in Illinois Award and potentially the title of America's Best Coach. It has broken its search down state-by-state.

Lalor has won four state championships since 1999 while coaching Stillman Valley. He also had another team finish second in the State.

Other coaches up for the Illinois award are Frank Lenti (Mt. Carmel), Derek Leonard (Rochester), Dave Inserra (Maine South), Dan Sharp (Joliet Catholic), Chris Andriano (Lombard Montini), Ken Leonard (Springfield Sacred Heart Griffin), and Ron Muhitch (Wheaton Warrenville South).

To vote for coach Lalor go to the following website http://contest.usatodayhss.com/vote/bestcoach2013/il

Here's how the voting works. USA TODAY High School Sports is asking fans to choose the best high school football coach in the country in a contest that opens Sept. 30. USA TODAY staffers have chosen eight active head football coaches in each state after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school football expertise. From there, the fans will decide which coach emerges from a list of 408.

There will be three rounds of voting. The state round begins at noon (ET) Sept. 30 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 8. The 51 winners – each state plus Washington, D.C. - advance to a regional round, where they will be divided among eight regions of six or seven coaches apiece. The regional round begins at noon (ET) Oct. 9 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 18. The eight regional winners move onto the national round, which starts at noon (ET) Oct. 21 and ends at noon (ET) Oct. 29. The champion is crowned based on most votes in the final round.



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