The 2014 edition of the Brooks Inspiring Coaches Award is here and you've got until May 30th to nominate your Best Coach Ever Choice for this award.  You can find out the guidelines and how to nominate here.


So you can thinking here is what they'll ask for:

-Your name, address, phone number and email address.

-Your coach's name, the sports they coach, how long they have been a coach, & how many athletes they coach.

-Your school's name, address, and phone number.

-An answer to the question, "Why do you think this coach is inspiring?"

-A description of a specific moment when this coach inspired you or someone you know.

-A video of your inspiring coach. (Optional)

-A photo of your inspiring coach. (Optional)


Brooks wants to know about your coach and all about you.


The 2013 Inspiring Coach of the year was Justin Torres from Bishop Mora Salesian High School in Los Angeles, California. He had coached for 31 years.

AT A GLANCE: In the 1980's, Coach Paul Raley lead a strong track program at Benton High School before leaving to pursue other job opportunities. The program that he championed eventually folded, so when he retired from teaching he returned to Benton High School to revive the program that he loved so dearly. For the first four years, he funded the program on his own and continues to work for free as the volunteer head coach. Now as he faces his own personal medical struggles, he continues to coach as much as possible, so he can pass his joy of running and coaching advice onto his athletes.

WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE DO YOU GIVE AN ATHLETE HAVING A BAD DAY? The first thing I try and do is find something positive to tell them. Athletes can read body language, so stay upbeat. They will look to his/her coach for support immediately, so being positive is the way to start. I then try and calm them down and give them confidence and support. In this day and age where "touching" can be frowned on, I still give hugs, high fives, and pats on the back where needed! We all have hurdles in our lane or path of life. Some of these hurdles are bigger than others that we have to get over, and just because we tried, it doesn't always mean that there will be a positive outcome. I stress with my athletes that one can't go around these-they must attack them head on! This applies to school, family, friends, and sports. If they prepare themselves and have confidence in their abilities and teammates, good things will happen in the end! There will always be another race to race! So let's get 'em next time!

WHAT MAKES YOU RUN HAPPY? Knowing that running improved our physical conditioning, health, and overall wellbeing! My whole family enjoys being outside in the woods, in the lake, on trails, or in the mountains as much as possible. Running, biking, walking, lifting weights, and swimming are a big part of our family's routine!