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Female High School Coaches Make History in Chicago

Jouscelyn Mayfield and Konesha Rhea made history at a Chicago high school football game on September 15.

The game between DuSable and Fenger High Schools marked the first time that two female head coaches faced off in a boys high school football game.

Fenger’s Jouscelyn Mayfield and DuSable’s Konesha Rhea are also the first two Black female head football coaches Chicago Public League history.

Fenger won the game 50-0, giving Mayfield her first victory in her first season with the Titans. Coach Rhea is in her second season at DuSable.

To commemorate the historic matchup, the Chicago Bears named Coach Mayfield and Coach Rhea as the teams' Week 4 High School Coaches of the Week.

After the win, both coaches discussed the matchup with the Chicago Sun-Times.

"It’s an honor," Mayfield said. "(Coach Rhea) is a legend. Me? I’m just me, but she’s the one that first broke down those barriers."

"(It was) a horrible loss," said Rhea. "But it’s a win for the sport, a win for girls and women looking to coach football."

Below are the Week 4 High School Coach of the Week honorees:

AFC Winners




Baltimore Ravens

Todd Sommerville

Crofton HS

Buffalo Bills - Rochester Region

Rich Gray

Frontier HS

Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Region

Mike Stumpf

Webster Schroeder HS

Cleveland Browns

Ted Ginn, Sr.

Glenville HS

Denver Broncos

Ricky Manzanares

Littleton HS

Houston Texans

Gary Jessie

Sterling Aviation HS

Indianapolis Colts

Casey Kolkman

Heritage HS

Jacksonville Jaguars

Marcus Miller

Oakleaf HS

Kansas City Chiefs - Kansas

Jesse Owens

Gardner-Edgerton HS

Kansas City Chiefs - Missouri

Ken Clemens

Oak Park HS

Las Vegas Raiders

Dan Barnson

Somerset Academy Losee Campus

Los Angeles Chargers - LA County

Peter Gunny

Cleveland HS

Los Angeles Chargers - Orange County

Steven Anderson

Westminster HS

Los Angeles Chargers - San Diego County

Kellan Cobbs

Granite Hills HS

Miami Dolphins

Jube Joseph

Miami Central HS

New England Patriots

Dave Morse

Sharon HS

New York Jets

Mike Scarpelli

Clarkstown South HS

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Brown

Hempfield HS

Tennessee Titans

Jeremy Jenkins

Daniel Boone HS

 NFC Winners




Arizona Cardinals

Dr. Bobby Newcombe

Casteel HS

Atlanta Falcons

Larry Harold

Central Gwinnett HS

Carolina Panthers

Kennedy Tinsley

Mallard Creek HS

Chicago Bears

Jouscelyn Mayfield

Fenger HS

Chicago Bears

Konesha Rhea

DuSable HS

Dallas Cowboys

Seth Parr

Anna HS

Detroit Lions

Chris Kelbert

Livonia Franklin HS

Green Bay Packers

Taylor Ripplinger

West Bend West HS

Los Angeles Rams

Tom Crawford

Bishop Diego HS

Minnesota Vikings

Tom Demars

Pine River Backus HS

New Orleans Saints

Dorsett Buckels

Hammond HS

New York Giants

Michael ware

Albany HS

Philadelphia Eagles

David Gueriera

Malvern Prep

San Francisco 49ers

Jason Piccolotti

Terra Nova HS

Seattle Seahawks (3A/4A)*

Seattle Seahawks (1A/2A/2B)*

 Adam Schakel

Doug Bilodeau

Emerald Ridge HS

Fort Vancouver HS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Mullaney

Palm Harbor University HS

Washington Commanders

Maurice Vaughn

Dunbar HS

 *Week 3 COTW


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