NFHS names Brandon's Cozart Section 3 Coach of the Year, recognizes 12 state of Florida Coaches of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (January 10, 2012) — Brandon wrestling coach Russ Cozart was selected as the 2011 Section 3 Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Association's (NFHS) Coaches Association while 12 other high school coaches from around Florida were announced as state Coaches of the Year. 

Cozart, who has guided Brandon to 21 state titiles during his tenure, was named the top coach across all sports in Section 3 which consists of: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The NFHS, which 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. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year in which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2010-11 school year.

Recipients of the 2011 NFHS state of Florida Coach of the Year awards for boys sports are:

Orlando Faedo, baseball, Alonso (Tampa); Jeff Sommer, cross country, Estero; John Wilkinson, football, Cocoa; Mark Grose, golf, Spruce Creek (Port Orange); Corbin Graves, tennis, Maclay (Tallahassee); and Jesse Forbes, track and field, Godby (Tallahassee).

Recipients of the 2011 NFHS state of Florida Coach of the Year awards for girls sports are:

Marcia Pinder, basketball, Dillard (Fort Lauderdale); Roy Harrison, cross country, Plant (Tampa); Anthony Jones, flag football, Dr. Phillips (Orlando); Teresa Patterson, soccer, George Steinbrenner (Lutz); Carolyn Shoemaker, spirit (competitive cheerleading), Sebring; and Kelly Mulligan, tennis, Gulliver Prep (Miami).


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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at