WALTERS, OK (KSWO) -Walters High School Football coach was honored today with a pep rally after being selected for a spot in the top 15 for the U.S. Cellular's National Most valuable coach of the year.
Coach Faron Griffin was nominated by the school superintendent and athletic director. The program started back in September and selected the top 15 from over 400 coaches from different states. It is a popularity contest and people vote online for their favorite high school football coach who has made a positive impact on individuals. At the end of November, the top two coaches and their guest will receive a trip to Orlando and be recognized during the Under Armor-All American High School football game on January 1st. They will also receive $5,000 dollars that will go towards the school.
Over 400 kids, faculty and staff, and members from U.S Cellular company congratulated Griffin on being selected. Griffin thanked everyone for all their love and support. He said being selected is a blessing because he loves football and loves to give back to a community that has been there for him since day 1.
Senior running back and linebacker Kyle Graham has playing football all his life. Graham said playing for Coach Griffin is a huge honor. He said Coach Griffin deserves to be the Most Valuable Coach of the Year.
"He is a great coach. He is motivational. He gets us going every day and ready to play every week”, said Graham.
At the pep rally Athletic Director Jimmi Dedmon and Walters Church of the Nazarene preacher Paul Metcalf congratulated Griffin on his hard work and accomplishments.
"He places God first, then family, and then one of my favorites sports. Football and we are proud of Coach Griffin”, said Metcalf.
Coach Griffin said he didn't know what to think when he heard the news that he was selected for the Top 15. He and his family are excited for the opportunity.
"I was excited but I felt pretty humbled and honored that people would think that of me”, said Griffin.
He said being a football coach is something that he enjoys and is really proud of but said setting good examples on and off the field is important.
"I just try to come in here and build a successful program. Each and every student that encounters me knows that I care about them and that is probably the biggest thing that I do”, said Griffin.
"He has always been there for me..ready to listen and hear about not just football but my personal life and he has always dedicated himself to not just football but all of us as players, just been there for us”, said Graham.
Members from the U.S. Cellular staff presented Griffin with a $1000 dollar check for being voted into the top 15.