Eight High School Coaches Earn Sportsmanship Award

Eight "coaches who make a difference" by virtue of their exemplary sportsmanship will be honored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association at the NCHSAA's Annual Meeting on May 1 at the
Dean E. Smith Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

The coaches have been selected for the Homer Thompson Memorial
Eight Who Make a Difference award. The award is named in honor of the late Homer Thompson, the long-time Winston-Salem Parkland coach and member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame. "It is fitting that Homer Thompson's name be affixed to an award about coaches who make a difference," says NCHSAA executive director Charlie Adams, "for Homer certainly did make a difference in the lives of many and truly was an outstanding role model."

The winners were chosen by a special committee based on nominations from the member schools. They will receive a plaque from NCHSAA assistant executive director Mark Dreibelbis as part of the Association's student services program.

Coaches receiving this honor for 2007-08 include the following:

Region 1 Rex Sponhaltz, Currituck head football coach (formerly First
Flight head coach)
Region 2 Clay Jordan, West Craven head football coach
Region 3 Tony Lewis, Sanderson head track and assistant football coach
Region 4 Chris Bunting, West Montgomery head track, assistant football
and wrestling coach
Region 5 Jim Spivey, Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds athletic director
Region 6 Mark Woody, China Grove Jesse Carson head football coach
Region 7 Joanna Crew, Alexander Central assistant athletic director
Region 8 Van Allen, Asheville Clyde Erwin men¹s head basketball coach

Each school had the opportunity to nominate one of its coaches for this
award. "These coaches provide excellent role models with their positive
approach," says Adams. GlaxoSmithKline, a long-time supporter of the NCHSAA, underwrites the recognition for high school coaches.