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Cypress Bay's Mark Guandolo named finalist for national coaching award

Mark Guandolo has coached some great football players that have gone on to prominent careers in college and the NFL.

One of them has helped him in the running for a national honor.

Guandolo, Cypress Bay's football coach, is one of five finalists for the NFL's High School Football National Coach of the Year award. The award, which was created in 1995 honors coaches who had a profound impact on the athletic and personal development of NFL players.

Guandolo was one of 50 nominees chosen this season. He was nominated by Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, whom Guandolo coached while at Chaminade-Madonna.

As part of being chosen as a finalist, Guandolo received a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for his school's football program. The winner will be announced this week, and will receive $5,000 and a $10,000 grant for his team. The winner will also earn a trip to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu as a guest of the NFL. All grants are awarded by the NFL Youth Football Fund.