Giving an athlete the shoes off his own feet. Running a two-mile warm up with his team everyday while battling lung cancer. Buying team uniforms with his personal coach’s stipend. These are just a few of the amazing acts of the 26 finalists for the 2013 Inspiring Coaches program that Brooks gets to name today.
In its third year, the program recognizes high school track and cross country coaches who motivate their team and community through meaningful and lasting leadership.
From thousands of nominations sent to Brooks, the following coaches (in alphabetical order) were chosen as 2013 Inspiring Coaches Finalists:
|Allan Lockridge, Pojoaque High School, Santa Fe, N.M.||Brandon Beltz, Inland Lakes High School, Indian River, Mich.|
|Chris Cronin, Northville High School, Northville, Mich.||Chris McAfee, De Soto High School, De Soto, Kans.|
|Corbin Talley, Davis High School, Kaysville, Utah||Danny Weed, Flagler Palm Coast High School, Palm Coast, Fla.|
|Doug Butler, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Melbourne, Fla.||Drew Benyo, Jim Thorpe Area High School, Jim Thorpe, Penn.|
|Erica Hill, Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island, Wash.||Jeffrey Downin, Marlborough High School, Marlborough, Mass.|
|Jerry Dotson, Cary High School, Cary, N.C.||John Hotchkiss, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, Calif.|
|Justin Torres, Bishop Mora Salesian High School, Los Angeles||Kurt Wayton, West Windsor Plainsboro High School, West Windsor, N.J.|
|Larry Buffington, Gayville-Volin High School, Gayville, S.D.||Lee Webb, James Logan High School, Union City, Calif.|
|Mike Wright, Milford High School, Milford, N.H.||Natalie Krause, New Prairie High School, New Carlisle, Ind.|
|Nate Carpenter, Sacopee Valley High School, Hiram, Maine||Nicole Petty, Garfield High School, Seattle|
|Randy Wilson, Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg, Penn.||Scott Werner, Westphalia High School, Westphalia, Mich.|
|Stephanie Winkler, Beuna Regional High School, Beuna, N.J.||Steve Grube, Crow High School, Eugene, Ore.|
|Steve O’Brien, Tyee High School, Seatac, Wash.||Tauwon Taylor, Moline High School, Moline, Ill.|
Each of these coaches will receive $5,000 in Brooks gear, $500 cash for team expenses and entry into the Brooks Inspire Daily Program.
So what’s next? Voting! Beginning today, visit www.facebook.com/brooksrunning to vote for the coach you think should be named the Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year. You can vote once a day starting now through July 21. This year’s most inspiring coach will be announced on August 7. The winner will get an extra $5,000 in gear, $2,000 cash and a trip for two to the 2014 PR Invite.
So, who will it be? Vote now.