Sal Konkle of Marshall High School in Michigan has received the 5th Annual Coach of the Year Award, according to an announcement from Athletico Physical Therapy.

The award was created to recognize coaches for all the work they do to support their communities, including sportsmanship, coaching success, and classroom involvement.

Konkle, the Head Coach of Marshall High School’s Girls Basketball Team and a volunteer assistant coach for the Girls Varsity and JV Golf teams, was nominated by multiple individuals within Marshall High School and the community for the high levels of excellence she has displayed on and off the court within her role.

The girls basketball team, the Redhawks, achieved two consecutive trips to the Final Four in Class B, including winning the State Championship during the 2015-16 season, a media release notes.

In addition, the team recently won the Basketball Coaches of Michigan Sportsmanship Award and received Academic All-State honorable mention in 2017. The team also supports the American Cancer Society yearly by raising money through an annual free-throwathon.

“We were pleased to honor Coach Konkle with this award. Every year we receive nominations of many great coaches, however we felt that Coach Konkle really stood out amongst her peers with not only her coaching success, but what she has done for the Marshall community and the emphasis she places on sportsmanship,” says Jason Bannack, Vice President of Outreach Services at Athletico, in the release.

“Coach Konkle is extremely dedicated to her team and her entire program. Winning the Michigan Girls Basketball Class B State Championship in 2016 and returning to the Final Four in 2017 are testaments to her success as our Head Coach. Her players represent our school and community with the same dedication to excellence both on the floor and in the classroom,” states Dan Coddens, Marshall Public Schools Athletic Director, per the release.

In addition to receiving a commemorative plaque, Coach Konkle received four tickets to the Big Ten Football Championship game held recently at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The Coach of the Year Award is open to any junior high or high school level coach within the states of Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Nominations are open to the public and submitted via an online entry form. A selection committee within Athletico reviews the nominations to select a winner.

Nominations for the 2018 award will be accepted next fall, the release explains.

[Source(s): Athletico, PR Newswire]