Friday, July 8, 2005

Rotary Club honors John 'Coach' Caine

The Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotary Club on Tuesday, July 5, honored John "Coach" Caine as the recipient of the Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotarian of the Year Award.

A local Rotarian has been honored every year by the club since 1999. Previously honored Rotarians are Chris Williams, Bob Stone, David Stone, Ed Sinnott and Scott Mason. Those selected represent the epitome of volunteer spirit and community service.

John Caine—or "Coach," as he is affectionately known—earned his nickname during a 39-year career as a professional coach and director of athletics for notable institutions such as the University of California at Irvine, the University of Oregon and San Jose State, just to name a few.

Today, Coach influences and inspires the best performance in others, not with a whistle on the sidelines, but by example by giving his time to the community that he and his wife have called home since 1992.

A fundamental tenet held by Rotarians is "service above self." Coach demonstrated the core essence of that belief with his military service as a corporal in the European Theatre Operations during World War II and as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve in the years that followed.

Club representatives said Coach's ongoing commitment to community service is demonstrated in his volunteer activity in civic organizations like Rotary, which Coach believes "drives him to remain involved."

"The Ketchum-Sun Valley Rotary Club does a tremendous job of serving this community very well," Coach said.

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