For “providing a positive, character-building youth sports experience,” Dan Kimmel of Milford has been nominated for the national Double-Goal Coach Award from the Positive Coaching Alliance and Liberty Mutual.
According to the Positive Coaching Alliance, “Double-Goal Coaches want to win but have a second, more important goal – to help players develop positive character traits that will help them be successful in life.”
Coach Kimmel’s teams had a good year in 2011. In July, the 10-11 year old All-Stars won the District 1 All-Star Little League tournament, and in November, the Milford Pop Warner Jr. Pee Wee Football team gave up just 51 points while scoring 263 en route to a Henlopen Conference championship.
“The most meaningful part of coaching young people is watching them gain confidence and get better both on and off the field,” said Kimmel, “When a parent thanks you for what you have done for their child it makes it all worth it. “
Kimmel acknowledges the unique role that coaches have in the lives of their players.
“The coaches I had growing up that made an impact on me, “ said Kimmel. “I still call them “Coach.” And I enjoy when one of my players comes up to me in the schools or around town and says, ‘Hey Coach K!”
The annual Double-Goal award “recognizes coaches from throughout the United States, whose actions and programs not only teach players athletic skills but also help them develop skills that will serve them well throughout their lifetimes.”
Fifty finalists will be selected in late January and 20 winners will be announced in February. An unidentified member of the Milford community nominated Kimmel for the award.
“Thank you to the person or persons who nominated me for the award and to all the parents, coaches, and administrators that volunteer their time for kids in the Milford community,” said Kimmel.