2016-07-20 / Sports

GHS coach to receive prestigious honor

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor


BRANDON COGGINS BRANDON COGGINS There are coach of the year awards, and then there is the South Carolina Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award, Gaffney Athletic Director Mark Huff said.

Count Gaffney High golf coach Brandon Coggins among the few who have received the South Carolina Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award.

“To me it’s the biggest coach of the year award that you can get,” Huff said.

Coggins will receive the prestigious South Carolina Coaches Association Boys Golf Coach of the Year Award at the coach’s association Hall of Fame banquet on Sunday.

“I think that it’s a tremendous honor for him and for any coach to receive this award,” Huff said. “He’s done a tremendous job with the kids. He’s very well respected by the players and the coaches and by the people at Cherokee National (the team’s home course). I’m happy for him. He was a good player here and played in college. He’s somebody when he tells a player to do it this way, they listen.”

Coggins said the award is meaningful because he was nominated by his peers.

“That was pretty awesome,” Coggins said.

Typically, low-key, Coggins deflected the praise onto his players.

“I’ve just been lucky to have the group of kids that I’ve had,” Coggins said. “They are all hard workers.”

Coggins said he was surprised he was nominated and honored to win the award.

Still in his 20s, Coggins is building an impressive resume.

He was a standout for the Indians before playing at North Greenville, where he graduated in 2010.

He was hired as the Gaffney boys golf coach in 2011 and has guided the Indians to three region championships and four appeareances in the state tournament, where the Indians finished third in 2015 and as state runner-up this past season.

Coggins also expressed his appreciation to Huff.

“I’d like to thank Coach Huff for giving me the opportunity to coach at Gaffney. I take pride in my job and know what it means to coach here.”

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