action:article | category:SPORTS21 | adString:SPORTS21 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » High School Sports

October 01. 2013 8:43PM

Pinkerton's Powers, O'Reilly recognized

DERRY — In terms of state and national recognition, September has been a resoundingly successful month for Pinkerton Academy's athletic program.

Pinkerton football coach Brian O'Reilly has been named a New Hampshire finalist in a national contest to determine the best high school football coach in the country; and Athletic Director Tim Powers was recently honored with two state awards.

USA Today High School Sports named O'Reilly as a state finalist in its first-ever Best High School Football Coach contest. Since the mid-1980s, "the Astros have been the most dominant team in New Hampshire's largest division," the magazine notes. Prior to the start of his 35th season, O'Reilly's record was 250-102, having won nine Division I state titles, including a pair of three-peats.

USA staffers selected eight active football coaches in each state after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with high school expertise. Fans will ultimately decide which coach is the best in the nation from a list of 408.

Voting began at noon on Monday and ends at noon on Oct. 8.

The athletic department of the winning coach will receive $2,000. Second through fifth place will also receive cash prizes.O'Reilly said he wasn't familiar with the contest and would prefer not to comment on it. As for Powers, though, O'Reilly said he would enjoy discussing the remarkable job he has done since taking over for former longtime AD Robert Royce several years ago.
"I think he has done an outstanding job filling tough shoes," O'Reilly said."Our athletic programs from top to bottom are in good working order. Tim is outstanding and fair to all. I think that is well deserved."

Along with football, Pinkerton has been successful this past year in a number of other sports. Powers has been a guiding force behind the school's athletic program and was honored at the annual meeting of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association earlier this month in Concord. He was named the New Hampshire Athletic Director of the Year and Division I Athletic Director of the Year.

In receiving the two awards, Powers said much of the credit for his success goes to "the people I work with. I have great support from the administration, my assistant, and the coaches. If I name one I'd have to name them all."


 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

NASCAR: Who the Vegas wise guys likes heading into Loudon

Goalie Danny Tirone to enroll at UNH for second semester after star's suspension for domestic violence

'Smoke' blows into New Hampshire with the law in his rear-view mirror

Man found unconscious at Winchester Speedpark Saturday

Too young to drive, but old enough for NHMS

Police examine speed, possible horseplay in golf cart fatality

Mass. man, 27, dies in golf cart accident at The Links at Outlook

Hanover's Sarah Groff competes in the women's triathlon final during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Hanover Olympian in spotlight at Las Vegas Super Sprint

FHL makes it official, team planned for Berlin will play in North Adams, Mass. instead

Can NH soccer star Charlie Davies make a comeback?

Inside NIKEs secret sports lab; born in Exeter, now located in Oregon.

Concord Monitor decries gender pay gap in professional tennis

FHL franchise slated for Berlin may go to North Adams, Mass. instead

Eagles' Kelly says he learned his offense by studying defense while at UNH

Former Concord area youth baseball coach sentenced to 30 more years in prison

Maine boxer Brandon Berry making Fight to Educate history

Hudson family, classmates working to keep Alvirne soccer standout Raul Stedile in U.S.

Israel unrest moves meet for NH swim star

Race date for Oxford 250 moved from July to Aug. 30 next year

NH's Groff a highlight for U.S. at ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final

Maine fighters Lamour, Berry on New Hampshire boxing card

Q&A with Matt Bonner as he weighs free agency

Keene State mum on suspension of veteran track coach

Morgan Andrews speaks: Notre Dame star undeterred by U.S. U-20 World Cup snub

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!