July 26, 2012
— Former Bengals offensive lineman Bruce Kozerski, now head football coach at Holy Cross High School in Covington, Ky., was announced as the 2011 season winner of the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award.
The award, given annually by the Bengals to an outstanding high school football coach in the region, includes a $5000 donation by the Bengals to the Holy Cross athletic department.
In 2011, Kozerski led his Indians team to the Kentucky Class 2A state championship with a 12-3 record. The Holy Cross football program was not begun until 1998, and its teams managed only four wins in the first four seasons, but last season’s achievement culminated Kozerski’s steady buildup of strength since 2004, when he took over as head coach.
“It’s gratifying to bestow this award on Bruce and his school, because he was a standout Bengal both on and off the field during his years with us,” said Bengals president Mike Brown. “And we know that besides now being a state championship coach, he is a respected teacher who emphasizes growth and integrity by the students in all areas."
Kozerski’s teaching load at Holy Cross includes courses in Algebra, Honors Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Honors Calculus and Physics. He has spearheaded social service activities, including taking 40 students on an 18-hour bus trip to New Orleans to assist with clean-up after Hurricane Katrina.
Kozerski played 12 seasons (1984-95) for the Bengals, one of only 14 players to log that many. He was the starting center on the 1988 Bengals team that won the AFC Championship and a berth in Super Bowl XXIII.
His hometown is Plains, Pa., and he played in college at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He and his wife, Beth, have three children, Matthew (24), Adam (18) and Amy (17).
Kozerski is the 11th winner of the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award. Previous winners have been Steve Klonne of Moeller (2010 season), Troy Everhart of Winton Woods (2009), Dale Mueller of Highlands (2008), Jeff Giesting of Anderson (2007), Scott Datillo of Sycamore (2006), Steve Specht of St. Xavier (2005), Charles “Doc” Gamble of Withrow (2004), Doug Ramsey of Elder (2003), and Vince Suriano of Anderson and Mike Martin of Taft (2002 co-winners).