WINFIELD - Winfield City High School Spirit Coach Sandra Seals is one of 23 high school coaches from across the country that have been selected as 2018 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.
Seals, who has been a teacher at Winfield for 29 years, has built the cheer program into one of the best, boasting back-to-back world and national titles. She was selected the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s (AHSAA) Spirit Coach of the Year and NFHS Section III Coach of the Year as well.
Along with these two titles, Seals has now directed Winfield squads to 13 state championships, 10 regional championships, one AHSAA North Super Regionals championship, six NCA-US National crowns, two NHSCC National championships and two NHSCC world titles in her 26 years as the cheer coach.
The national award adds to a list of her one state and two sectional coach of the year awards.
“I am so honored and humbled to accept these awards,” Seals said. “In October, I received a letter from the AHSAA congratulating me that they had nominated me for State Spirit Coach of the Year.
“I have been so busy that I had forgotten about it until (WCHS Principal) Mr. Benji Parrish sent me a copy of the letter for the NFHS stating that I had won national, sectional and state cheer coach of the year. I started crying and went to the mail box and there was my letter.”
The coach continued, “I have been so blessed all these years with girls that were willing to work hard and dream big. I have always prayed over my girls for the favor of the Lord over their lives not only in cheer but for their lives.
“I just want to thank all my cheerleaders, parents, administrators, board and the City of Winfield for their support of our cheer program. I am truly blessed and so thankful to be awarded these awards.”
The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in two “other” sports--one for boys and one for girls--that are not included in the top 10 listings.
A total of 806 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards.
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