Ralph Young Award
Coffman earns league honor
During the 2010-11 school year, Dublin Coffman High School earned its first Ralph Young All-Sports trophy for having the most success across the board in athletics of any of the eight schools that comprise the OCC-Central Division.
Coffman not only won the award again this past school year, but it scored more points than any school in the OCC's four divisions.
The All-Sports trophy goes to the school that performs the best in the OCC's 16 common sports over the course of a school year. Eight points are awarded for finishing first, seven for placing second, six for finishing third, and so on.
The award, now in its third year, is named in honor of Ralph Young, the retired athletics director for Delaware and longtime Ohio Capital Conference secretary. He has been a track official for 38 years and manages basketball tournaments at the sectional, district and regional levels for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.
Young also serves as treasurer of the OHSAA's Central District.
Coffman scored 110.5 of a possible 128 points to finish atop the OCC-Central. The other winners were Pickerington North (107) in the OCC-Ohio, New Albany (104) in the OCC-Capital and Olentangy Liberty (97) in the OCC-Cardinal.
"We're awful proud of this because the OCC as a whole is one of the best conferences in the state, and we were to do well and compete for an OCC title in just about every sport," Coffman athletics director Tony Pusateri said. "It's hard to pick one reason why we've been this successful. Our student athletes are the ones who work hard, have the talent and get the job done on the field. But their parents deserve a lot of credit because they have done anything they can to provide their children with the support and resources to do well. And we have good coaches and administrators in place who work hard to help put our student athletes in a position to do well, too."
Since finishing second to Upper Arlington in the overall OCC-Central standings during the 2009-10 school year, Coffman has won the league's past two All-Sports trophies rather convincingly.
This past school year, the Shamrocks finished well ahead of runner-up Hilliard Davidson (97.5). UA (94) was third, followed by Thomas Worthington (73), Worthington Kilbourne (66.5), Hilliard Darby (62.5), Central Crossing (46) and Westland (22).
In 2010-11, Coffman scored 110 points as Davidson placed second with 95.5.
"We all take pride in this because it shows that we have good, talented kids and good coaching staffs at Coffman," said Jim Ferguson, who coaches the Shamrocks' girls cross country team and is an assistant coach for the Shamrocks' boys and girls track and field teams.
This past school year, Coffman won outright OCC-Central titles in boys cross country, girls cross country, boys golf, girls soccer and girls volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and girls track in the spring.
The Shamrocks also placed second in boys soccer and girls tennis in the fall, second in wrestling and tied for second in boys basketball in the winter and second in boys tennis and boys track in the spring.
"It's funny because we have a light-hearted rivalry between our coaches because they all want to do what they can to help us win the Ralph Young award," Pusateri said. "Even some of the kids and their parents talk about it."
Even though Coffman is among the largest OCC schools with nearly 1,900 students, several student-athletes helped the Shamrocks win league championships in multiple sports.
As a junior, McKenzie Bailey helped the girls volleyball team win a league title as a starting outside hitter, helped the girls basketball team win its league as a forward and helped the girls track and field team win a league championship as a member of the 400-, 800 and 1,600-meter relays.
"It's really exciting because my family lived in Stow before we moved to Dublin, and it was hard for us to win league championships there," Bailey said. "It's a big honor to be part of three championship teams. It's crazy how good the sports are at Coffman. The coaches deserve a lot of the credit because they put so much time into it."
Girls volleyball coach Mary Anne Souder said Pusateri, who will enter his ninth year as AD this fall, deserves credit as well.
"Tony's been here a long time and it all starts with him," Souder said. "He finds a lot of good coaches and keeps them around a long time, unlike some other places where you see new coaches all the time.
"But more than anything else, I think this award shows that Dublin has really hard-working kids because we wouldn't win any championships if we didn't have good student-athletes."