Sumner High School head football coach Keith Ross, who led the Spartans to an 11-1 record and a berth in the Class 2A state quarterfinals for the second consecutive season, was named the West Central District III Coach of the Year.
Ross credited his players and coaching staff for the accolades.
“Coaches win coach-of-the-year awards because their team is good,” he said. “We have great players that we have developed over the years. A lot of kids got awards this year, too. It’s just the accumulation of having a great season like we did.”
Ross said this year was a special one for the Spartans.
“It is what you work for,” he said. “I have been here for 15 years and have been grinding away for 15 years. The last three or four years, we’re finally to the point where, as a coach, you always envision your program being, but it’s a lot harder than people think to get to that level.
“It takes a lot of hard work in the offseason. It’s been fun to see the change in the culture and the change in the kids’ attitudes to get to that championship level.”
In addition to their 11-win season, the Spartans went 9-3 in 2012.
“We have won 20 games the past two years here at Sumner High School,” Ross said. “That hasn’t been done a lot in the past. Our team should be proud of that.”
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