For the past 13 years, the NHSCA has been saluting coaches in 22 sports with its annual National Coach of the Year Awards. Commencing with the 2012-13 school year, all national honorees will receive the NHSCA John W. Heisman Coach of the Year Award. In addition to National Coach of the Year honors, past and future winners will be enshrined in the NHSCA National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum being built in Easton, Pennsylvania. The NHSCA will also award the NHSCA John W. Heisman Scholarship to high school students that overcome the most adversity.
About the National High School Coaches AssociationThe NHSCA continues its involvement in high-profile high school sports events. The NHSCA selects National Coaches and Senior Athletes of the Year in 22 boys and girls sports, and sponsors some of the largest high school national championship events in the country. The NHSCA also conducts multiple events through the year for both youth and high school athletes.
The NHSCA offers various membership benefits including general liability and multiple insurance programs. In partnership with North Star Resource Group, the NHSCA offers special discounts on Home & Auto insurance, as well as Disability insurance. NHSCA members an also take a level I coach certification course and have access to the Education Resource Center for coaches.
In previous years, the NHSCA has been proud to partner with various branches of the military as well as Corporate America. Through sponsorship with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, the NHSCA has conducted Character and Leadership Workshops. Over 9600 students and coaches participated in those workshops. The NHSCA has also administered the Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge to nearly 20,000 high school students across the country.
The NHSCA is in the process of building the nation’s first National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum, to be located in its headquarters city, Easton, PA. The museum will serve as home for all of the 20,000 high schools in America to showcase and honor their outstanding coaches and athletes as well as the NHSCA National High School Coaches and Athletes of the Year. For more information go to www.nhsca.com.
About The Touchdown Club of America
Over seventy-five years ago, beginning in 1933, under the leadership of Coach Heisman, The Touchdown Club of America sought out high school students achieving excellent results in the classroom and on the field of play. John W. Heisman founded the TCA for the purpose of providing college scholarships grants to further the development of America’s next generation of leaders. Today and throughout the ensuing seventy–five years, the TCA mission remains unchanged. It continues, in memory of its distinguished founder and coach, to support intellectual growth through higher education for exceptional young high school athletes needing assistance.
About John W. Heisman
Of all the great ones, Coach Heisman stands alone as the best-known standard for excellence. His persona, ideals and genius for innovation over three decades from 1892 – 1927 continue to have a dramatic impact on the modern game. Born Johann Wilhelm Heisman in 1869, Coach Heisman started out in the rough and tumble Pennsylvania oilfields and went-on to coach at several top college football programs where he became known as a turn of the century innovator in a football revolution that transitioned the game. During his legendary coaching career, John Heisman was also a featured writer for major newspapers and Collier’s magazine. As a member of the media, his national profile and innovative mind had a dynamic impact on football, American style. During this period, Coach Heisman founded the first coach’s organization, the National Football Coaches Association. As a coach and tough taskmaster, he insisted his players’ graduate. The TCA scholarship mission continues to serve Heisman’s dedication to emphasizing education and character development for student athletes.
“Words cannot express how happy we are to announce that we can honor America’s coaches with the NHSCA John W. Heisman High School Coach of the Year Award,” said Bob Ferraro, who began the NHSCA in 1989. “Coach Heisman was a legendary coach known for setting standards of excellence in coaching that have stood the test of time. To be able to award present day coaches in his honor is something we believe brings the past and present together in a very special way.”
Ferraro added, “From a historical perspective The Touchdown Club of America’s continuity and values offer inherent benefits to NHSCA through a direct linkage to TCA’s long-storied high school related mission.”
“The acquisition of TCA by NHSCA is a perfect fit for our founder, John W, Heisman,” said Tom Werblin, President of The Touchdown Club of America. “As a player and coach in several sports, over three decades from 1892–1927, Coach Heisman’s public persona, ideals and genius will serve as historically prominent credentials and as a distinguished role model in selecting the NHSCA Coaches of the Year.”
Born Johann Wilhelm Heisman in 1869, Coach Heisman started out in the rough and tumble Pennsylvania oilfields and went-on to coach at several top college football programs where he became known as a turn of the century innovator in a football revolution that transitioned the game. During his legendary coaching career, Coach Heisman successfully lobbied for the forward pass as an injury-reducing alternative when many were intent on declaring the sport illegal. The center snap, audible signal calling, the Heisman Shift, forerunner of the T and I formations, have all transformed the game.