Roncalli head coach Ray Baranczyk was teaching an English class when he received some unexpected news.
Each week, the Green Bay Packers select one outstanding area coach, who was nominated by a member of the community, as the Green Bay Packers High School Coach of the Week.
It was the final week for the award and Baranczyk had been tabbed to receive the honor.
“I was in the middle of a class, teaching Macbeth, and our school president, John Stelzer, comes up to me and says ‘can I talk with you for a few minutes?’ I left and he showed me the email from the Packers saying I was chosen as Green Bay Packer Coach of the Week,” Baranczyk said.
“It made teaching Macbeth a whole different experience,” he joked.
On Wednesday afternoon, Packers Youth Football Coordinator Tim Schroeder presented Baranczyk with a plaque and a commemorative hat, among other items.
As part of the award, the football program receives $1,000 from the Packers.
“That certainly helps out our program when you look at the price of helmets and shoulder pads,” Baranczyk said. “I’m sure we didn’t necessarily budget for the extra expenses we have in the postseason, although we always plan on the postseason. That will help to fray some of those costs as well.”
Though the award was meant to recognize Baranczyk individually, he was quick to give credit to those around him.
“Anytime I get any kind of an award, it certainly isn’t just me. It’s my whole coaching staff…as well as having a great group of kids,” Baranczyk said. “It really belongs to the staff as well as the team.”