The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has named Nancy O’Neil of Massachusetts as the recipient of the 2012 NFHS Coach Educator of the Year Award.
O’Neil is an active instructor of the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course, and has been involved in pioneering and promoting professional development and education for coaches through a number of different sources. She has developed league-wide partnerships with educational groups that provide workshops for students and coaches in all league schools and speaks at state and national conferences on coaching education topics such as positive conditioning, servant leadership, building teams and shared leadership models. She has also served on the NFHS Coaches Education Committee.
Since 1994, O’Neil has been the director of athletics/wellness/activities at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, Massachusetts. She has worked closely with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association in that state’s active promotion of coach education, and played a leadership role with the concussion education component.
Prior to her current role at Lincoln-Sudbury, O’Neil served as athletic director or district-wide athletic director at the following high schools: Milton (Massachusetts) Academy, Needham (Massachusetts) Public Schools and Hudson (New Hampshire) Alvirne High School. She was also instructor of physical education at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts; assistant varsity coach in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse at Northeastern; and head girls basketball coach at Scituate (Massachusetts) High School.
Previous recipients of the NFHS Coach Educator Award are Bruce Brown, Ohio, 2011; Bobby Guthrie, North Carolina, 2010; Mike Maghan, 2009, Oregon; Lavonne Norman, 2009, Alaska; and Ken Yamase (posthumous), 2009, Hawaii.
The NFHS Coach Education Program can be accessed at www.nfhslearn.com.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Barb Waldsmith, administrative assistant with the NFHS who works with the NFHS Coaches Association and the NFHS Coach Education Program.