Coach and Athletic Director Magazine has announced the two recipients of the 2013 Interscholastic Sports Program of Excellence award, honoring the nation’s best athletic programs for their off-the-field achievements.
Los Alamos High School was one of the finalists and is being honored as “Best in Class.”
An independent panel of judges selected Tappan Zee High School (Orangeburg, N.Y.) and University School of Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wis.) as this year’s honorees. The schools receive an award and will be featured in the November/December edition of Coach and Athletic Director.
The second annual Program of Excellence was created to honor sports programs not for their accomplishments on the field but their overall commitment to promoting a positive experience for student-athletes.
The honorees were selected based on their success in eight categories: participation rate, coaches certification, community service, athletic director national certification, scholar-athlete status, level of participation, sportsmanship and parent participation.
In its inaugural year, the Program of Excellence recognized four schools—two public and two private. In an effort to make the award more exclusive, the program honored two schools this year. Judges were asked to narrow the nominees to six finalists, before choosing two as the award recipients. The remaining four finalists will be recognized as “Best in Class.”