Coach Janda 49ers Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week

Posted: September 5, 2017

Excerpted from 49ers.com Press Release:

Varsity football head coach, Mike Janda, was awarded the San Francisco 49ers Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week award for the opening week of the season. The Bellarmine Bells pulled off a nine-point comeback win in the fourth quarter to defeat the Menlo-Atherton Bears Friday night (August 25) by a score of 21-16. The Bells start the season off 1-0, after getting a big win against a familiar foe.

After suffering a playoff defeat to Menlo-Atherton last year, the Bells were able to stay focused and finish the game strong to avenge last season’s defeat. This exciting rematch had a little bit of everything you could want in a football game; a kickoff returned for a score, explosive offensive plays, turnovers that swung momentum, and a great defensive stand to end the game. Both teams came in well prepared, but the conditioning down the stretch was what propelled the Bells to victory.

“Our conditioning was critical to our success,” said Bellarmine head coach Mike Janda. “The conditioning kept our guys strong throughout the end of the game.” Coach Janda believes that the conditioning that the players went through in the offseason “really paid off” in the warm Friday night game.

Coach Janda has been at Bellarmine Prep for 39 years and was delighted to receive this award. When asked what winning the award meant to him, he said “I had the great honor of meeting Charlie several times, along with his unbelievable wife. There is no one I can think of with more courage; he was a man of great dignity throughout his life. Being connected with him is a great honor.”

As the Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week, Coach Janda will receive a $1,000 grant for the Bellarmine College Prep football program from the 49ers Foundation. He will receive two tickets to a 49ers home game, where he will be recognized on the field, and will also be invited to visit the SAP Performance Facility to watch a closed practice, at which time 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will officially present him with his award. Coach Janda will be featured on the 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Report on NBC Sports California, which will be re-broadcast throughout the week.

Congratulations, Coach Janda!

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