The 2013-14 A.F. Bridges Awards were announced this week, recognizing 63 individuals and nine schools from across the state.
The A.F. Bridges Awards, named after the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s first executive secretary, include awards for School Administrator of the Year, Principal of the Year, Athletic Director of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Male Coach of the Year, Official of the Year and Contributor of the Year.
In addition to individual honors, the A.F. Bridges Divisional Awards are presented to schools that “have had no reported unsportsmanlike conduct incidents during the previous school year and have displayed an overall positive effort to teach, expect and demand a positive atmosphere of sportsmanship at their particular contests,” according to the the TSSAA.
“Being recognized for one of these awards as a school or individual should be seen as one of the highest honors in high school athletics in our state,” TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said. “Those who receive the awards truly reflect what high school athletics should be about, and that’s good sportsmanship and good citizenship.”
The awards are to be presented at this week’s regional meetings.
Middle Tennessee schools honored as A.F. Bridges Divisional Award winners include Class A schools Clarkrange. Red Boiling Springsand Summertown, Class AA schools DeKalb County, Greenbrier and Macon County and Class AAA schools Columbia Central, Independece and Clarksville-Northeast.
Midstate recipients of individual awards include:
Administrator of the Year: Mark Wiloughby, DeKalb County
Principal of the Year: Tom Nolan, Riverdale
Athletic Director of the Year: Terry Crain, White County
Female Coach of the Year: Jennifer Wilson, Mt. Juliet volleyball
Male Coach of the Year: Chad Hibdon, Blackman girl’s basketball
Official of the Year: John Wheaton, Cookeville
Contributor of the Year: Neil Helton, State Farm
Administrator of the Year: Keith Singer, Donelson Christian
Principal of the Year: Robbin Wall, McGavock
Athletic Director of the Year: Frank Wilson, Kenwood
Female Coach of the Year: Christian Webb, Northeast girl’s cross country and track
Male Coach of the Year: Jim Fey, East Nashville boys basketball
Official of the Year: Greg Morgan, Middle Tennessee
Contributor of the Year: Staff Sergeant Castillo, National Guard
Administrator of the Year: Mike Looney, Williamson County
Principal of the Year: Janice Franklin, Richland
Athletic Director of the Year: Kevin McGehee, Marshall County
Female Coach of the Year: Barbara Campbell, Brentwood volleyball
Male Coach of the Year: Dennis King, Brentwood boy’s basketball
Official of the Year: Curly Marks, Loretto
Contributor of the Year: Rodney Jaris, Jaris Sign Company