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Lisa Blackett awarded National Coach of the Year for Spirit


COACH OF THE YEAR • Lisa Blackett, center, received the 2012 National Coach of the Year at the 3A Drill Team competition Saturday from Juab High School principal Rick Robins. Morris Blackett, her husband is on left.

Twenty-two high school coaches from across the country have been selected as 2012 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association including one from Utah.
Lisa Blackett from Juab High School earned the National Coach of the Year award for Spirit for the 2011-12 school year.
The NFHS has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in one "other" category that is not included in these 20 categories. For 2012 awards, the NFHS added Spirit as a separate award category as well. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year in which they receive their award.
The NFHS has a contact person in each state who is responsible for selecting deserving coach award recipients. This contact person often works with the state coaches' association in their respective states. He or she contacts the potential state award recipients to complete a coach profile form that requests information regarding the coach's record, membership in and affiliation with coaching and other professional organizations, involvement with other school and community activities and programs, and coaching philosophy. To be approved as an award recipient and considered for sectional and national coach of the year consideration, this profile form must be completed by the coach or designee and then approved by the executive director (or designee) of the state athletic/activities association.
The next award level after state coach of the year is sectional coach of the year. The NFHS is divided into eight geographical sections. Utah is part of Section 7 with Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.
The NFHS Coaches Association has an advisory committee composed of a chair and eight sectional representatives. The sectional representatives evaluate the state award recipients from the states in their respective sections and select the best candidates for the sectional award in each sport category. The NFHS Coaches Association Advisory Committee then considers the sectional candidates in each sport, ranks them according to a point system and determines a national winner for each of the 20 sport categories, the spirit category and one "other" category.
A total of 455 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards.