Seven winners of the A.F. Bridges Awards for District 3 have been named.
School System Administrator of the Year
Jody Hargis, Grundy County Schools
Principal of the Year
Mark Turner, Grace Baptist Academy
Athletic Director of the Year
Howie Sompayrac, Notre Dame High School
Female Coach of the Year
Susan Crownover, GPS
Male Coach of the Year
Austin Clark, Baylor School
Official of the Year
Contributor of the Year
Stan Crawley, Chattanoogan.com
The A.F. Bridges Awards program was expanded 13 years ago to include awards for School System 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. The awards recognize again this year 63 individuals from across our state that represent what’s best in high school athletics. Recognition was made in the above mentioned categories in each of the nine athletic districts in our state.
Nominations were made by a Citizenship/Sportsmanship Committee in each athletic district and the final selection was made by a State Selection Committee.
Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA stated, “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. Those who receive the awards truly reflect what high school athletics should be about, and that’s good sportsmanship and good citizenship.”
All of the awards will be presented at the three regional meetings held at the following dates and sites:
Monday, November 5 – Hardin Valley Academy, 1 p.m. ET
Wednesday, November 7 – University School of Jackson, 1 p.m. CT
Thursday, November 8 – Franklin Road Academy, 10 a.m. CT