Coaches EarnHomer Thompson Sportsmanship Awards From NCHSAA
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 5.
“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 2010-11 include the following:
Region 1: Michael Horwat, athletic director, Perquimans High School
Region 2: Ruby Sutton, head volleyball, cheerleading and tennis coach, Laney High School, Wilmington
Region 3: Izzy Hernandez, head men’s and women’s soccer coach, Broughton High School, Raleigh
Region 4: Michael Baker, head men’s basketball coach and athletic director, Fairmont High School
Region 5: Alton Tyre, head men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track coach, Southeast Guilford High School
Region 6: Wesley Kidd, head women’s basketball and softball coach, West Stanly High School
Region 7: Mark Weycker, head football coach and athletic director, West Iredell High School
Region 8: Jeff Smith, head wrestling coach, West 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.