CHAPEL HILL– Eight "coaches who make a difference" by virtue of their exemplary sportsmanship will be honored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting.
The coaches have been selected for the Homer Thompson Memorial Eight Who Make a Difference award. The award is named in honor of the late Homer Thompson, the long-time Winston-Salem Parkland coach and member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame. Each honoree will receive the award at the Smith Center on May 7.
“Homer Thompson’s name is affixed to this award because he certainly did make a difference in the lives of many and truly was an outstanding role model,” said NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield.
The winners were chosen by a special committee based on nominations from the member schools. They will receive a plaque as part of the Association's student services program.
Coaches receiving this honor for 2014-15 include the following:
Region 1: Rob Maloney, athletic director and men’s basketball coach, D.H. Conley High School, Greenville
Region 2: Rodney Orr, head men’s basketball coach, Heide Trask High School, Rocky Point
Region 3: Brian Fullenkamp, head cross country and track and field coach, Enloe High School, Raleigh
Region 4: Bryan Till, head football coach, Terry Sanford High School, Fayetteville
Region 5: Woody Wall, head women’s basketball coach, Rockingham County High School
Region 6: Johnny Sowell, head football, head men’s basketball and head men’s track and field coach, Monroe High School
Region 7: Nick Brown, head women’s soccer coach, Lake Norman High School
Region 8: Sue Moon, head volleyball and head women’s basketball coach, North Henderson High School
Each school had the opportunity to nominate one of its coaches for this award. "These coaches are excellent role models who provide support and encouragement to our young people," says Whitfield.
The North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company underwrites the recognition for high school coaches.
Award: Eight Who Make A Difference
Presented at: NCHSAA Annual Meeting
Presented to: coaches nominated by their respective schools for exemplary sportsmanship
Named for: the late Homer Thompson, long-time coach at Winston-Salem Parkland and member of NCHSAA Hall of Fame
Sponsored by: North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance
Of Interest: The first awards presented in this series were in 1993.