Monday, January 9, 2012

2011 NEPSAC Annual Award winners: Brad Smith and Tom Blackburn

The Martin William Souders Memorial Award
Established in 1967 in memory of Martin William Souders, Director of Physical Education at Milton Academy, 1919-1929, and at Phillips Exeter Academy, 1930-1962, and the first President of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC).

To be awarded annually to the graduate of a New England Independent School who made a distinguished record in sports and who has since made a distinguished record in life through his/her ideals, leadership and accomplishments.

Thomas E. Blackburn graduated Deerfield Academy class of '52 but has spent much of his career at Worchester Academy in Worchester, MA. Tom was tenured as the Athletic Director from 1973-1999 during which he was also Head Varsity Basketball Coach. During his coaching, his team had an impressive 395-142 record and won 7 NEPSAC championships.

Distinguished Service Award
To be awarded annually to the individual who has contributed significantly to New England Independent School Athletics and Physical Education through enthusiasm, dedication, leadership, and vision.

Bradley Smith is the former Athletics Director of Bridgton Academy in Bridgton, ME. During his time at Bridgton, he served as the President of the District 4 Athletic Directors Association and was a key member of the NEPSAC Executive board; serving for numerous years as NEPSAC tresurer and NEPSAC President from 2004-2006.

via NEPSAC article

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