Good coaches are often as under-appreciated as good mothers.
Fine stewardship doesn't always produce tangible results such as wins. Rather, it is the subtle intangibles a coach creates—sportsmanship, team unity and self-confidence—that are some of the hallmarks of fine mentoring.
The Fourth District Coaches Association honored its own during its annual "Coach of the Year Awards Banquet," Saturday, May 14 at the Twin Falls Knights of Columbus Hall.
Special guests were Blaine Tingey of Carey, Ron Knowles of Declo, Gary Hoxsey of Burley, Randy Clark of Jerome, Doug Gosnell of Minico, Jerry Sabala of Gooding and Joe Keeney of Hagerman.
Distinguished service awards were presented to Darrel Sweet of Wendell and Fred Jaynes of Filer, while the President's Award went to Jerry Diehl of Jerome and the Officials Award to Sean Standley of Twin Falls.
Carey's Blaine Tingey
Carey athletic director and science teacher Blaine Tingey was saluted for 37 years of service in the coaching ranks.
"I was the only coach when I got here in 1968. I coached football, basketball and boys and girls track," Tingey remarked.
Tingey's dedication has not gone unnoticed.
Twice he has been named Idaho Athletic Director of the Year, most recently in 2003. He also has been a champion for smaller schools in the state, pushing through a separate classification for smaller 1A schools at the state track meet.
"Before we had to run against the bigger schools. It was just A-3 and A-4. As president of the Northside Conference I worked on that for two or three years," Tingey said.
Tingey's four sons have also benefited from his coaching guidance.
Brad Tingey still holds Carey's all-time scoring record in basketball with 1,608 points. Brother Tim is second on the all-time points list with 1,345 and holds the record for most points scored in a game with 54.
When asked what his proudest accomplishment at the helm of the Panther program Tingey said, "Probably just teaching at Carey and seeing the kids progress. The attributes and things they learned as athletes and students have carried on throughout the years and made them better citizens and people."
Tingey, retiring as a teacher at the end of the 2004-05 school year, will pay more attention to farming on his 119 acres. "I've got a pink stallion, a mare and some cattle. I'll take some more time to work on the farm, and sit back and enjoy," he said.
Soccer coaches honored
Two girls' soccer coaches from the Wood River Valley were honored Saturday night in Twin Falls for winning their league championships. They were Greg Gvozdas of Wood River and Kelly Feldman of The Community School.
Gvozdas, a first-year coach with the Wood River girls' varsity who played college soccer at DePauw University in Indiana, was selected as 4A Fourth District Coach of the Year.
Already heralded as Coach of the Year of the Great Basin Conference West (along with Minico's Armando Tapia), Gvozdas guided the Wolverines to a 17-1-1 record and third place in the State 4A tourney.
The Great Basin Conference champion Wolverines outscored opponents 70-4. Their lone loss came in the first round of the state tournament to eventual runner-up Moscow.
Feldman, the third-year Cutthroat coach who played at Middlebury College, has guided her teams to a combined 26-15-4 record and three consecutive state tournament visits.