Dalton’s Matt Land named Atlanta Falcons Coach of the Year

Dalton High School head football coach Matt Land was honored as the Atlanta Falcons Coach of the Year. This award also nominates Coach Land for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award.

Land was named Dalton’s head coach prior to the 2010 season, replacing Adam Winegarden. In ten years at the helm of the Catamounts, Land is 78-36 with three region championships (2013, 2015, 2016).  Land’s Catamounts finished the 2019 season 7-4 overall and 5-4 in Georgia’s Region 6-AAAAAA. The Catamounts’ season ended in round one of the GHSA Class AAAAAA playoffs after a 49-18 loss to No. 1 seed Dacula.

All 32 of the NFL’s teams nominate one high school coach for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year honor. Land is one of 32 high school coaches across the country up for the award. The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the 2020 Pro Bowl, which takes place on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 PM ET on ESPN.

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