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Alumni: Franklinville/Ellicottville coach tabbed to participate in USA Football Head's Up Progra

Franklinville/Ellicottville coach Chad Bartoszek has been selected as a master trainer within USA Football's Head's Up Program.

Bartoszek joins a group of more than 100 men and women selected to educate football coaches and programs nationwide on Heads Up Football. In this role, Bartoszek will instruct youth and high school coaches in the region on the medically endorsed program.

USA Football's Heads Up Football program is a comprehensive way to teach and play the sport. More than 2,200 high schools and nearly 75 percent of all U.S. youth leagues enrolled in Heads Up Football in 2016.

“Master Trainers are leaders and educators, and work nationwide to implement important standards for parents, administrators, and coaches to ensure proper health and safety protocols are in place and to unify the approach to teaching football-specific techniques for the well-being of our athletes,” said Scott Hallenbeck, USA Football's CEO and Executive Director, in a statement.

The group of master trainers includes youth, high school and college coaches as well as athletic trainers and former NFL players. Among the items master trainers will learn about and then be expected to pass along to various youth and scholastic coaches include CDC-approved concussion recognition/response procedures, equipment fitting, tackling and blocking fundamentals, hydration and sudden cardiac arrest protocols.

A native of Salamanca, Bartoszek played tight end at the University at Buffalo from 2000-2002, where he had 93 career catches including six for touchdowns. Last season he directed the combined team from Franklinville, Ellicottville and West Valley to a 7-3 record and a 5-2 mark in the Class D league of the Section VI Federation. In 2015 the combined team won the Federation Class D title before losing in the Far West Regionals to Bishop Kearney of Rochester.

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