Byron's Charro Coleman has received two prestigious coaching honors in recent weeks.
Below: Coach Coleman spots Lauren Timm on the balance beam. Photo by David Richards
By David Richards
Charro Coleman was coaching gymnastics last Wednesday night, just like he usually does this time of year.
In the fall, he was assistant Byron cross country coach and coached a traveling soccer team. This winter, he also coaches his daughter's traveling basketball team and come spring, he'll be back as the head boys and girls track coach.
The hard work is paying off though, not only in terms of success for the athletes but also in recognition for himself.
The eighth grade science teacher has recently been named the girls state A coach of the year and has been nominated for coach of the year by the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission.
"I really didn't go into coaching for the awards, it's about them," Coleman said of his athletes. "It is humbling to be nominated and honored."
This will be his 14th season with the track team. He was head cross country coach for 12 seasons and has been assistant gymnastics coach for the past two.
As a track coach, he's seen at least one athlete make it to state each year, with 2012 being a landmark season. Thirteen of Byron's 14 state qualifiers finished in the top nine and on the podium. The girls 4x100 relay brought home a state championship.
"It's very difficult to win a state championship," he said. "You have to have some talent to work with, but it takes a lot of persistence and hard work on the athlete's part to make it happen.
Coleman was a three-sport athlete himself at Boscobel High School in Wisconsin, competing in football, basketball and track. He was a rare track athlete who competed in shot put and discus but also in the 110 hurdles.
"I did track primarily to get in shape for football," Coleman said.
As for the keys to coaching, Coleman said a lot of it is dedication and getting a good supporting cast around you. Being fair too, and getting the kids to understand that they can achieve more than what they may think they can.
The Rochester Amateur Sports Commission will announce its coach of the year Jan. 28 at a banquet to be held at the Mayo Civic Center Auditorium.
Three-sport athlete Jack Nelson, of Byron, is up for male athlete of the year.