The Conway Athletic Awards Commission has announced their 2015 awards winners. Conway Public Schools Assistant Athletic Director Janet Taylor has been awarded the Elijah Pitts Award for Career Achievement.
Coach Taylor’s award comes after a 25-year coaching career at Conway High School, where she has won championships in girls’ volleyball, basketball, and boys’ and girls’ golf. She currently serves as the Assistant Athletic Director, PE Coordinator, and the head golf coach.
Named for Conway native and football legend Elijah Pitts, this award is bestowed annually upon a Conway sportsman for career achievement. Coach Taylor is the first –ever female recipient of this award.
Conway Athletic Director Steve Daniels says he cannot think of another person more deserving of this award.
“ Janet exemplifies what coaching is all about. Her coaching record is beyond impressive, and that is what many will talk about since she has won numerous championships in girls’ basketball, volleyball, and now boys’ and girls’ golf, “ says Daniels. “I have had the privilege of watching her coach for 25 years. All great coaches have certain qualities. They have to be great teachers, have a desire to prepare young people for life's challenges, and realize the important role a coach plays in a kid's life. Janet more than covers these qualities, and that is evident by the number of former athletes that still seek her out for advice. Even as impressive as her win/loss record is, I would think those qualities I mentioned are what she is concerned with most.”
Conway High School’s Taylor Gault has also received an award from the Athletic Awards Commission. Gault is the female recipient of the 2015 Marvin Delph Sportsman of the Year Award, presented to two young athletes each year in honor of Delph, a 1974 Conway High School graduate.
The recipients were chosen by local media and college representatives, and will be honored at an awards banquet on Sunday January 31st at CBC’s Mabee Center.
Other Conway student-athletes receiving awards at this banquet include:
Conway Junior High Blue Team: Bailey Burk & Jadah Pickens
Slayde Smith & Xavier Robertson
Conway Junior High White Team: Addison Jordan & Kalista Love
Parker Prock & Haze Denton
These 8th graders will receive the Marvin Delph Student-Athlete Award. Their coaches and administrators chose them, based on their performance in the classroom and in their sports.
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