Coaches honored with STRIPES at end-of-year meeting
Eight Broken Arrow coaches were presented Tiger STRIPES at the recent Broken Arrow Athletic Department’s end-of-year coaches meeting by Steve Dunn, executive director of athletics, and Melenda Knight, assistant director of athletics.
Football coach David Alexander and Tigette coach Meag Warren were awarded the Service medallion for their efforts in finding service opportunities for their teams and engaging in school and community events.
The Trust award went to varsity track coach Scott Wilkinson for building chemistry among his staff and trusting each assistant coach to bring out the best effort in each track athlete. The results were a state championship for the boys and a state runner-up finish for the girls.
Kasey Counts, girls soccer coach, was recognized with the Respect award. After one season as an assistant coach, and before taking over as head coach, Counts had earned the respect of players and her fellow coaches.
First year football assistant coach and Broken Arrow graduate Cole Moos earned the Integrity Award. Moos was recognized for investing time and energy into students and always offering words of encouragement to help them build confidence.
Mike Dooney, who joined the BA staff as varsity girls basketball coach this school year, was honored for his Positive Attitude. His optimism was described as “infectious” among his athletes and fellow coaches.
Assistant girls soccer coach Brittany Brown, who also was named the Freshman Academy Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019, was recognized for modeling “Excellence” as a teacher and a coach.
Chabon Childers, assistant baseball and softball coach, was awarded the medallion for Self-Discipline. Childers, hitting coach for both teams, is even keeled in his teaching method of hitting. He models restraint and self-improvement for the players he mentors in becoming disciplined hitters.
Coaches are encouraged to instill attributes within young BA Tiger athletes, which goes hand-in-hand with creating an atmosphere of competition and excellence. Throughout the year, coaches recognize players for demonstrating the traits of Tiger S.T.R.I.P.E.S.: Service, Trust, Respect, Integrity, Positive Attitude, Excellence, and Self-Discipline.
Broken Arrow won state championships in Football, Wrestling Dual State, Wrestling Team State and Boys Track. The Tigers also finished runners up in Baseball and Girls Track. The four state championships is the most the school has won in a school year, a mark that has been reached two other times.
Varsity volleyball coach Ian Bullen was recognized for earning his career 300th win during the season.
Shawn Jones, who has resigned as varsity wrestling coach and as a teacher to take a job outside of education and coaching, was recognized as the winningest coach in school history with 148 dual wins. His nine combined dual and team state championships also are the most of any Broken Arrow wrestling coach.