Five Finalists in the Competition for the Top High School Coaching Honor

 ATLANTA (February 18, 2020) – Today, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the five finalists competing for the Jersey Mike’s Naismith National Boys and Girls High School Coach of the Year honors. The five finalists for each award represent high schools from across the country, and the winners of the Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Boys and Girls Coach of the Year awards will be announced on March 9.

“The finalists we’ve selected represent the nation’s top high school coaches who have made an impact on their players and enjoyed remarkable success this season,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

“Coaches are integral to the success of players and teams through their motivation, strategy and leadership qualities. Jersey Mike’s is honored to recognize these outstanding leaders,” said Rich Hope, chief marketing officer, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc.

Jersey Mike's Naismith High School Boys Coach of the Year 2020 Finalists

LukeBarnwellSunrise Christian AcademyBel AireKS
KevinBoyleMontverde AcademyMontverdeFL
MikeJonesDeMatha Catholic High SchoolHyattsvilleMD
GeoffreyPierceGrayson High SchoolLoganvilleGA
ThomasRyanDorman High SchoolRoebuckSC

Jersey Mike's Naismith High School Girls Coach of the Year 2020 Finalists

TerriBamfordLa Jolla Country Day SchoolLa JollaCA
BrianCosgriffHopkins High SchoolHopkinsMN
KeishaHuntHamilton Heights Christian AcademyChattanoogaTN
KathieLaydenNorthwestern High SchoolKokomoIN
ScottRogersMount Notre Dame High SchoolCincinnatiOH


Founded during the 1956-57 season, the Atlanta Tipoff Club is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club administers the Naismith Awards, the most prestigious national honors in all of college and high school basketball. Named in honor of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball, the family of Naismith Awards annually recognizes the most outstanding men’s and women’s college and high school basketball players and coaches. Other Naismith Awards are presented to the men’s and women’s college basketball defensive players of the year, as well as lifetime achievement awards to basketball officials and outstanding contributors to the game. UCLA’s Lew Alcindor received the first Citizen Naismith Trophy in 1969, while the late Anne Donovan (Old Dominion) was the inaugural women’s recipient in 1983. Corporate partners of the Naismith Awards include Citizen Watch Company, Jersey Mike’s and Werner Ladder.


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