On the occasion of the 2021 football season, Prep Insight Magazine held its 40th annual High School Football Coach of the Year Awards Reception in March.

According to Preparation overviewthe group has been celebrating the achievements of students, teachers, coaches and educators in Illinois schools since 1997.

The event was organized by the publisher of Prep Insight Magazine Garrett Gosha.

“[We are] celebrating the great accomplishments of our region’s high school football coaches, past and present,” said Preparation overview through its website.

“Due to COVID, Prep Insight Magazine had not been able to produce these events. However, now that the situation has calmed down somewhat, we present to you our first reception as a football coach in two years! Join us in celebrating the incredible accomplishments of these exceptional coaches who have continued despite the pandemic!

During the reception, the magazine honored several coaches with the Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrated the special winners, and presented the Man of the Year award and the Coach of the Year award for the 2021 season.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jessie Chick from Simeon Career Academy and Willie Simpson from Carver Military Academy High School.

Special winners for Englewood coaches included Terry Lewis, Harper; Fabray Collins, Robeson; Maris Carroll, Harper; Albert Cruse, Englewood; Johnnie Butler, Calumet; and Aaron Stephens, Wentworth.

The Man of the Year award went to coaches Sinque Turner of Kenwood Academy High School and Derek Hart of Kankakee.

Along with the other winners, the group also recognized 12 more coaches with the 2021 Coach of the Year award.

“[T]These celebrations have included special events such as awards dinners and other events designed specifically for these hard-working individuals to be recognized by their family and peers,” Prep Insight Magazine noted.

Joseph Phillips

Joseph Phillips is the sports editor of the Chicago Crusader Newspaper. He is originally from Chicago and has been a sports journalist for over 17 years. He also hosts the SC Media News and Sports Network Q&A radio show on WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].