The Florida Athletics Coaches Association recently announced that three Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School coaches had received one of the association’s highest honors.

 

 

The Florida Athletics Coaches Association recently announced that three Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School coaches had received one of the association’s highest honors.

In a rarity, the FACA honored three coaches from the same school in a single year with the award of “Outstanding Assistant Coach” for 2017.

To qualify for the award, the coach must be an FACA member with at least 10 years of service and have demonstrated an aptitude for winning.

In the case of three Port St. Joe coaches, they have combined for more than 60 years on the sidelines with 17 state championships or state runner-up finishes in six different sports.

Can we say overdue?

Kesley Colbert, Kenny Parker and Tracy Browning were the honorees and, it must be added, again, about time.

“This is the highest honor our association can give an assistant coach,” said John Palmer, Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.

“It is very cool for all three to be named the same year.”

Colbert has been an assistant coach for each of the modern state football championships won by the Tiger Sharks, spanning from the early ‘80s through 2014.

Colbert was also a coach on the 1975 Port St. Joe baseball team that finished as the state runner-up.

Parker, over a career of more than two decades, has been an assistant coach on state championship teams in football, boys’ basketball and boys’ track.

As a head coach, Parker has also won state titles in girls’ track and reached the Final Four in girls’ basketball.

That success spans from the 1990s and the tenure of track and basketball Coach Vernon Eppinette to the 2014 football state title.

Browning was an assistant coach on a state football title team, a state runner-up in football and the 2009 state runner-up in softball.

“It is such a wide range of sports and such a long period of time that stands out,” Palmer said. “Plus, all the success in so many sports.”