North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Coaches Earn Homer Thompson Sportsmanship Awards

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.

NCHSAA FastFacts

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.