Hodgdon's softball coach Sarah Williams was the center of attention at a pep rally at the High School. Williams is one of 15 finalist for the US Cellular Most Valuable Coach award.
Students and staff from Hodgdon High School were honoring one of their own today. Sarah Williams was the guest of honor at a pep rally to honor her for being one of coaches around the Country who are vying for the Most Valuable Coach Award. Williams made the list of 15 final coaches in the first round of on line balloting. She is currently third in the latest round of voting. She says that she is honored to have so much support from the Hodgdon area, but also the Aroostook County and all around the Country.
(Sarah Williams):" I am so excited, but I am not really surprised because I feel this is what our community does for good and for bad. We always come together. I am really overwhelmed by the support."
On line voting and two judges will determine the Most Valuable Coach Grand Prize winner
(Stacey York):" Randall Cobb and Maya Moore will both be scoring each of the final 15 contestants on quality. Their vote will count for 50 percent of the overall vote so the more votes a community gets that will account for the other 50 percent."
Williams a first grade teacher also had her students at the assembley today. SAD 70 Superintendent Scott Richardson says that Williams rise to the final 15 was great news.
(Scott Richardson):" It is a huge celebration. We are very excited about what is happening with Sarah being nominated for Most Valuable Coach."
Williams is the Hodgdon Softball coach and two of her players also spoke today.
(Kora Lambert):" I have had her for a coach since I was in 6th grade and it has been really awesome. She has taught me everything she knows and it means a lot to me for her to be in this position."
Sophomore Allie Winship nominated Williams for the award.
(Allie Winship):" She is just a really big role model. Her positivity just wants to make you play even harder. She has inspired me to want to play in college too and maybe at U Maine."
A 5 thousand dollar check was presented to Hodgdon today.
Williams:" Invest in our youth program because that is really the basis for our varsity programs. We can also use the money to send some of our current players to clinics and camps."
Winship said she didn't know if her coach would move forward in the voting, but she felt it was necessary to put her thoughts to words in the nomination letter
Winship:" She is just such a positive person and it is a great honor to be one of her players."
Voting continues through November 13th at www. themostvaluablecoach.com. You can vote once a day. Williams has just over 8 percent of the vote so far and is in third place. almost three tenths a percent ahead of fourth place Tom McDermott. The top three finishers will receive another grant. The Grand Prize is 50 thousand dollar school grant, second place is 20 thousand and third place receives 10 thousand dollars for their school.