The 2019 Coach of the Year Program was a huge success and we could not have done it without the support of the community. We are proud to announce that William Baird, teacher and coach at Grandview High School, is the Schomp Honda 2019 Coach of the Year! Not only does Will earn a new, amazing title, he also wins a three-year lease of a brand-new 2020 Honda Passport, plus a $5,000 donation for the sports or educational program of his choice.
It was a nail-biting race, with runner up Rod Sherman from Arapahoe High School coming in a close second place. We’re proud of the participation and support from Arapahoe High School’s efforts. Due to the rallying from the school behind Coach Sherman, Schomp Honda has decided that Arapahoe High School’s efforts should be honored as well. Coach Sherman will also receive a $5,000 donation from Schomp Honda to use toward the athletic or educational program of his choice.
Congratulations to all of the finalists. We thank you for representing your schools and athletes, and for all that you do. And thank you, followers, for your help in promoting the Schomp Honda Coach of the Year program. We appreciate every effort from the community to make this program a success.
Schomp Honda advocates coaching and wellness in the communities we serve. We support small organizations that make big impacts within our focus of giving. We received over 350 nominations in both male and female sports in South Metro area high schools. A select committee narrowed the list down to six qualified finalists and we need your help in awarding one recipient
The 2019 Schomp Honda Coach of the Year.
About the Contest
The Schomp Honda Coach of the Year contest!
Schomp Honda wants to award a Coach from a local high school who consistently goes above and beyond for their school, community and students.
A Coach from the finalist list below will be chosen via online voting by peers, community members, and most importantly, the students they impact! One deserving finalist will be awarded a 3-year lease of a brand new Honda Passport with complimentary maintenance and the school at which they teach will receive a $5,000 gift for the sports or educational program of their choice!
Voting period November 25th – December 9th, 5pm MST.
Coach of the Year Passort is here!
Three-Year Lease on Honda Passport.1
The winning Coach will be presented with a three-year lease of the all-new Honda Passport with complimentary maintenance.
$5,000 Donation for Educational programs.2
To make the contest even sweeter, the winner’s school will also receive a $5,000 donation for the educational or sports program of their choice!
Vote for a Coach Today!
Voting period November 25th – December 9th, 5pm MST.
The voting for 2019 Schomp Honda Coach of the Year is now Closed.
Thank you for your participation in determining the 2019 Schomp Honda Coach of the Year.
The winner will be allowed to select a 2019 Honda Passport (specific model) from the existing inventory located at Schomp Honda. Schomp Honda will prepay for the 3-year brand new Passport lease and complimentary maintenance period, and the winners will be listed on each lease. The winner shall be required to execute the Agreement prepared by Schomp Honda which sets forth the obligations of both Schomp Honda and the winner which shall include, but not be limited to, the winner’s obligation to provide insurance for the Honda Passport, as well as, being required to complete any and all regularly scheduled and/or required maintenance on the vehicle.
If the winner chooses not to accept the prepaid lease and complimentary maintenance period, they may opt to receive a monetary payout of the total value of the prepaid lease and complimentary maintenance program to donate towards an educational or athletic program at the school at which they teach/coach. The monetary payout may not be received by the coach/teacher for individual payment.
The donation must go to a program(s) that is directly a part of or sponsored by the winner’s school of employment.
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Brianna Gragg coaches freshmen cheerleading at Eaglecrest High School. She found a love for cheerleading in 2010 when she cheered all four years with the same team as a student. The Eaglecrest cheer program is full of extremely hardworking, determined, and dedicated young ladies and she’s proud to have coached the team to win State two years in a row as League Champions, Regional Champions and World School Champions. Eaglecrest coaches strive for excellence, and Brianna believes that it is something this program instills in the kids as well. At Eaglecrest, Brianna says it’s about more than just cheerleading, it’s about family, perseverance, resilience, confidence, self-empowerment, and making a positive impact in the community.
Cara Quayle grew up in Texas and moved to Denver right before she started at Cherry Creek High School, then attended Texas A&M University on a full volleyball scholarship. She taught two years at the high school level and three years as a math lecturer at Texas State, and has four years of coaching experience—two as a high school coach and two as an assistant club volleyball coach. In June, she moved back to Denver to teach at Cherry Creek and her concern with both teaching and coaching was quickly alleviated when she remembered how integral volleyball was to her own high school athletic experience. Cara can relate to her players, especially those new to Colorado, and is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this contest!
Christina Leone is in her 16th year of coaching high school poms. Christina is involved with the Positive Coaching Alliance and currently serves on numerous coaching and adjudication committees. Outside of coaching, Christina loves being an active adjudicator and conference speaker and has judged for the USASF Dance Worlds and numerous National Championships. In addition to coaching, Christina maintains a full-time marketing career and is an avid fan of figure skating and all Denver sports. She loves camping and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Rod Sherman feels blessed to have coached multiple sports in both public and private schools including football, girls basketball, girls soccer, and track and field. He has led his teams to win seven State Championships as an Offensive Coordinator and four State Championships as a Head Coach (3 in football, 1 in girls soccer). He is proud to mention that he also served as an Offensive Coordinator in the 2018 US Army All-American Football Game. Rod has been with Arapahoe High School for two seasons now, after taking over a team that had been 3-7. Arapahoe football has made playoffs the past two seasons that Rod has coached there, finishing this season 7-5. He has also instituted a small-group mentorship program within the team in addition to taking the players to Buena Vista for a preseason retreat where the players enjoyed rafting, rock climbing and a ropes course.
Tom Thenell is approaching his 36th year in coaching; 28 of those as a head coach. During his head coaching career, Tom has coached in two State Football Championship games, recently won two consecutive Metro 10 League Championships, and been recognized for his 200th win this past fall. Tom is proud to have coached several of the Top 10 passers in state history and makes it a point to stress that high school football is about the kids and what they accomplish, not adults. Tom says he’s thankful, humbled and honored to be recognized as a Schomp Honda Coach of the Year finalist
William Baird is a business teacher at Grandview High School. Teaching is his second career, and he feels very blessed to be in education. He loves Grandview and appreciates the daily opportunity to create a positive impact in the lives of students. In addition to coaching basketball, he coaches JV soccer for the Grandview boys’ and girls’ soccer program and is the Grandview FBLA Chapter Adviser. His life is dedicated to his two children, Brian and Olivia, and he feels his love of coaching is a way to pay it forward. He values every relationship he makes with student-athletes and understands that coaching and mentoring children is a sacred privilege. Will intends to leave a legacy of love and loyalty.