THE NORTHERN ROCKET FOOTBALL LEAGUE
BILL THWAITES MEMORIAL VOLUNTEER COACHING AWARD
In early 2002, the Executive Board and Council of the NORTHERN ROCKET FOOTBALL LEAGUE decided to create an award to honor outstanding volunteer coaches from among the ranks of its member areas. It was further decided toname the award for an area coach who was always a strong proponent of youth football, Bill Thwaites. Bill was the varsity coach at Central Montcalm High School and a former member of the NRFL board and the awards for 2002 were announced prior to his death in September of that year.
The award is presented to a Coach from a member area who best exemplifies the dedication, work ethic, sportsmanship, integrity and love of the game as displayedby Bill Thwaites during his lifetime.
The award may be presented to a coach in each of the NRFL divisions as selected by a panel composed of Field Directors and Officers after a nomination is received. Nominees may be submitted by Field Directors, Officers and/or past members of the Executive Board.
Past winners of the award and their home area are:
NORTHERN DIVISION SOUTHERN DIVISION
VERN YOUNG (Chippewa Hills) 2002 DANIEL BOONE (Lowell)
KIRK FREE (Tri-County) 2003
2004 CHRIS WORM (Rockford)
2005 BOB MORROW (Greenville)
2006 TIM WESTFALL (Northview)