Appomattox football coach wins national award

December 5, 2016 - Head Coach Doug Smith was recognized Monday for winning U.S. Cellular's Most Valuable Coach award. Using the motto "the power of one", he to unifies his team and is lead them to the state championship.
 
The power of one. One community, one football team, one coach.

"He cares about each and every one of us individually and just makes sure that everything is okay with our families," said Phillip Fleshman. He's the running back on the Raiders football team. 

Head Coach Doug Smith of Appomattox High School won U.S. Cellular's Most Valuable Coach award of five thousand dollars. But he isn't letting it get to his head

"You know I see this award as a team and community award so personally I'm just thankful to be a part of it," said Doug Smith, the head coach of the Appomattox High school football team. 


Under Coach Smith the Raiders have won 29 straight football games. This Saturday they hope to make it thirty.They're set to play their second state championship game in a row.


"We have to be winners everyday, at home, in the classroom, today on the practice field , everything we do we've got to try to win and then on Saturday everything should take care of itself," said Coach Smith. 

As for the Raiders, they're happy Coach Smith is getting recognized for the work he's put into the team.

"He deserved it," said Fleshman. "He worked hard, day in and day out, and made sure everyone was doing what they were supposed to do. He's a light to the community and a blessing to the school."

No matter what happens on Saturday, Coach Smith hopes his players will remember the "power of one".
 

The five thousand dollar award will be invested back into the school. Coach Smith hopes some of the money will be used to improve the weight room for all of the sports teams.


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