VY's Houston high school coach an award finalist

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Vince Young's high school football coach is one of five finalists for the NFL High School Football Coach of the Year Award.

Both Young and Detroit fullback Moran Norris nominated Ray Seals of Madison High School in Houston.

Each finalist receives a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for their high school football programs. The winner, announced during the week of January 19, will attend Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay as a guest of the NFL and receive a $5,000 cash award and a $10,000 grant from the NFL Youth Football Fund for his high school football program.

The four other finalists: Danny Cronic of East Coweta High School in Newnan, Georgia; Rob MacLachlan of Wallaceburg District Secondary School in Ontario, Canada; Ken Ozee of Sam Houston High School in Arlington, Texas; and Tom Padjen of Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, Illinois.
In his nomination essay, Young called Seals a great coach who truly has a passion not only for the sport, but for the community he coaches in, the school and the players. Norris praised Seals as a "father figure."