CHAPEL HILL — Carolyn Rogers of Perquimans High School and Hal Capps of Western Alamance High School are the recipients of the first-ever Toby Webb Coach of the Year Award given by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
The two outstanding coaches will be recognized at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting on May 4 at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.
The Webb Award is made possible through the generosity of gifts from individuals and companies through the NCHSAA Endowment and will annually recognize an outstanding male and female coach. To be eligible for the award, a coach must be nominated by school personnel at the NCHSAA member school where he or she coaches, to have coached for a minimum of 10 years, and have made major contributions to the success of high school athletics at the school, in the community and beyond.
Rogers has been at Perquimans for 35 years and has coached for 25, including 19 as a head coach in various sports. Her primary sport has been volleyball, which she has coached 16 seasons and had earned nine conference championships.
She has been a strong supporter of the NCHSAA’s Student Services programs, participating in the Student Athletes Summer Institutes (SASI) as well as Coach-Captain Retreats. For many years at Perquimans she has served as the advisor to student groups Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and Students Using Responsible Guidelines to teach drug Education (SURGE). She is also a charter member of the Perquimans High School Hall of Fame.
Capps has been coaching for 22 years, including 14 as a head coach at Western, twice as long as any other grid coach in the 44-year history of the school. He is best known for building Western’s outstanding football program, with two trips to state championship games and five visits to regional finals. He served on the North Carolina Shrine Bowl coaching staff in 2001 and will be the head coach of the West team in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West all-star game this summer. He has also coached track, golf and lacrosse.
He is the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes advisor and a regular speaker at area churches. Capps also heads the Western Alamance STARS program which puts him in contact with elementary and middle school students.
The award is in honor of Toby Webb, a member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame who was an outstanding coach as well as a principal and superintendent. He helped turn Albemarle into a football power and posted a brilliant 103-18-6 mark as a head coach there.