The Legendary Coach Bill Minahan


About The Bill Minahan Award

The purpose of the Bill Minahan Award is to honor Bill Minahan, perpetuate his legacy, encourage high character and recognize the Hillsborough County high school football player, as well as the flag football player, who best displays extraordinary perseverance as well as leadership, selflessness, passion, loyalty, excellence on the field and service to others. Coach Minahan served as Athletic Director and head football coach in Hillsborough County for 38 years and was the first football coach in the county to win a state championship [1968-Jesuit High School].


The Selection Process

Each high school football coach and flag football coach in Hillsborough County will nominate one player for consideration for the Bill Minahan Award.  Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee and the committee will review the nominations individually – not as a group.  Each member will assign a score of five down to one for his/her top candidates with five being the most qualified candidate, four votes for the next best candidate, and so on.  All the scores will be tabulated by the head of the selection committee and a final decision will be made.

The Presentation

The Award will be presented annually at a dinner at the Columbia Restaurant which is the official sponsor of the Award.  The dinner will be held on every Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – always the third Monday in January. There will be one winner and two finalists for the Bill Minahan Football Award and one winner and two finalists for the Bill Minahan Flag Football Award.  THERE WILL BE SCHOLARSHIP MONIES AWARDED TO ALL SIX FINALISTS.  The winners will receive a plaque and a trophy that will reside at the winner’s school for one year and the runners up will receive a plaque.

The Bill Minahan Award

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