Expand recognition of coaches

To the Editor,

I am writing to express my concern about our community’s recognition of coaches and their hard work from the past and the present. I would like for this to be in response to the annual hall of fame inductions that takes place at Brooke High School. My name is Jenna Cooper, I am 19 years old, and I grew up playing sports in Brooke County.

I do appreciate the fact that Brooke High School recognizes players and coaches from years ago with their yearly hall of fame inductions. I also admire how the Brooke Memorial Stadium was renamed after Paul “Bud” Billiard last year, because he is a family friend and was my father’s coach while he was in high school. Despite this great tradition, I just think that we should recognize the coaches of our local teams and middle school teams throughout the county instead of only high school coaches.

All coaches no matter the age level put in time and effort to better their players the best they can. Most local team coaches are just parents who have day jobs and don’t have the time to put all their focus into the team, although they find a way to do it regardless.

As a community, could we do more to recognize and honor our local coaches? Maybe they could be recognized at the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner or, during their season, they could receive some sort of gift, like a care package, so they know the community along with the parents and kids from their team are thankful for them. I have had many coaches in the past who changed my life forever and will always have a special place in my heart. They helped me become the person I am today, and I am so grateful.

Jenna Marie Cooper