Editor’s Note: The Jr. NBA and Positive Coaching Alliance have partnered together to create a program designed to honor influential youth basketball coaches and the impactful work that they do for our game. The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year award is given to a youth basketball coach in an NBA team market who is making a positive impact on children by demonstrating outstanding integrity, character, and leadership. You can read about the program here.
The eight semifinalists for the national Coach of the Year award have been announced. These semifinalists were selected because they have not only been successful in bettering their athletes on the court but have also shown that their main focus was to make these athletes better people in their communities.
These coaches have established and fostered meaningful relationships with their athletes and their families over the years, and have incorporated valuable life lessons into every aspect of basketball they coach.
The next step is for you to vote and help select the top 3 finalists. From May 8 to May 22, vote for your favorite coach on Twitter to see them recognized as the national Jr. NBA Coach of the Year! Below are the voting rules.
• Voting is open from May 8 – May 22, 2017 on Twitter only
• Tweet specific coach hashtag to count as one vote
• Retweets count as votes
• There is no limit on the number of times users can vote per day
Specific hashtags for voting are included below each semifinalists’ photo. You can read more about each coach by clicking on their photos in this article.
Below are some of the tweets and votes being dished out for the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year.
— Jr. NBA (@jrnba) May 11, 2017
— realtalk96 (@staytrueselflov) May 18, 2017
Only 5 more days to vote for Dwight Taylor for #JRNBACOYSAC!
— Lauren LeBov (@lolebov) May 17, 2017
— Keith Peterson (@keith3563) May 14, 2017
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) May 15, 2017
— Matt DeMateo (@m_demateo) May 15, 2017
— Al McClain (@AlMcClain4) May 17, 2017
Help Atlanta Police Officer Jergler win the Jr. NBA Coach of the year contest by tweeting the hashtag #JRNBACOYATL
— Craig Ephraim (@heyeph) May 9, 2017
— Kenneth COOK (@CoachKennyCook) May 16, 2017
Learn how you can get involved with the Jr. NBA by signing up below.