A NEW TRADITION
On April 28th, 2019, the Broyles Award Selection Committee was proud to announce the first annual High School Broyles Award recipient: Assistant Coach Doc Crowley of Booneville, Arkansas. Criteria and selection methods were similar to those for the collegiate Broyles Award, specifically that all assistant coaches under consideration were submitted by head coaches.
David Bazzel, co-founder of the Broyles Award alongside Coach Frank Broyles in 1996, stated that the first High School Broyles Award was selected from candidates within the Broyles Foundation’s home state of Arkansas, however the award’s search criteria would eventually expand to all 50 states.
THE CASE FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Coach Wilson Matthews was already a legendary coach before becoming Coach Broyles’ assistant coach in 1958, however he started his career – as many college coaches do – coaching high school. After leading the Little Rock Central Tigers on a 33-game winning streak in 1956-7, Coach Broyles tapped him to be come his assistant coach for the 1958 season. The two coached together at Arkansas for the next decade, a relationship so important to Coach Broyles that Wilson was chosen as the symbol of preeminent assistant coaching for the Broyles Award trophy.