The Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group initiated their first Coach of the Year awards in 2010 for Ethics, Excellence and Education in coaching. Awards are given to a school coach and to a volunteer coach. The awards are open to national applications. The awards are an extension of the group's efforts to hold up those coaches who promote the highest characteristics of sports in a win-at-all-costs climate, in which some attempts to emulate high profile coaches can lead to abuse of young athletes. The awards are given annually during the KY NFL Hall of Fame ceremonies.
THE 2014 BLANTON COLLIER SPORTSMANSHIP GROUP FOOTBALL COACHES OF THE YEAR
The 2014 Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group Coaches of the Year are:
School Coach of the Year Philip Haywood (Belfry High School) and finalists Chuck Smith (Boyle County High School) and Mike Holcomb (Letcher County Central High School).
Volunteer Coach of the Year JT Bass (KMSFA Board Member and prior volunteer coach in Spencer and Mercer Counties) and finalists Jamie Howell (KMSFA Board Member and prior volunteer coach at Adams Middle School, Floyd County) and Carlos Stallings (volunteer coach at Westport Middle School, Jefferson County).
2014 BCSG Football Coaches of the Year Recipients pictured from left to right are coaches Carlos Stallings (volunteer coach of the year finalist), Philip Haywood (school coach of the year winner) and J.T. Bass (volunteer coach of the year winner).
THE 2013 BLANTON COLLIER SPORTSMANSHIP GROUP FOOTBALL COACHES OF THE YEAR
The 2013 Blanton Collier Sportsmanship Group Coaches of the Year are School Coach of the Year Brian Washington head coach of the Paris High School, KY Greyhounds and Volunteer Coach of the Year Glenn Brown of the Hikes Point Lobos Junior Division, Louisville, KY.
THE 2012 BLANTON COLLIER SPORTSMANSHIP GROUP FOOTBALL COACHES OF THE YEAR
Winners of the Blanton Collier volunteer coach award for Integrity On and Off the Field was a father-son team, Craig Rushing (speaking) and his father, Dick Rushing, left were moved by the award. Bob Beatty recieved the Blanton Collier Award for integrity presented to a high school coach.
2012 Volunteer Coaches of the Year are Dick and Craig Rushing, father and son, who have coached at Southland Park, Lexington, KY.
2012 School Coach of the Year is Bob Beatty, head coach of Trinity High School, Louisville, KY.
THE 2011 BLANTON COLLIER SPORTSMANSHIP GROUP FOOTBALL COACHES OF THE YEAR