The Awards and Recognition Association has expanded the selection committee for its national Sportsmanship Award with the appointment of five new members. Led by former BYU coach LaVell Edwards, the committee selects the annual recipient of the nation’s only award recognizing sportsmanship. Joining the panel are Fisher DeBerry, Ted Tollner, Daniel Doyle, Sam Acho, Jim Thompson.

Fisher DeBerry
Fisher DeBerry

Retired Air Force Academy coach Fisher DeBerry

Fisher DeBerry served as head coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy for 23 years. He led 17 of his 23 teams to winning records, with 12 capturing bowl bids. His career record of 169-109-1 is the best in school history. He coached the Falcons to three conference championships and is the winningest coach at any service academy, having compiled a remarkable 35-11 record against Army and Navy.

Coach DeBerry was one of the game's most respected coaches for his efforts off the field as well. In 1996, he served as President of the 10,000 member American Football Coaches Association and also served time as chairman of the AFCA Ethics Committee. A native of Cheraw, S.C., he is a member of the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and Wofford College Hall of Fame. DeBerry has been active in church, charity and community affairs.

He has been active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and in 2004 was inducted into its Hall of Champions. He and his wife LuAnn have assisted fund-raising efforts for the Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, March of Dimes, Salvation Army and the American Heart Association. In 2004, they established the Fisher DeBerry Foundation, which exists to provide children of single parent homes with life-changing opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have, such as sports camps and other activities.

Ted Tollner
Ted Tollner

Former University of Southern California coach Ted Tollner

Born in 1940, Ted Tollner was a starting quarterback at Cal Poly for two years and pitched for the baseball team for four seasons. He was one of 26 survivors of the tragic Cal Poly plane crash on Oct. 29, 1960, which killed 22 people, 16 of them players.

Tollner has compiled 30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels.

He was named San Diego State University’s (SDSU) 14th head football coach on Dec. 3, 1993. He had previously served on Montezuma Mesa from 1973-80 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, a time span in which SDSU was one of the top offensive teams in the country, compiling a record of 61-24-2. That was the foundation for a resume that would go on to include a Pac-10 and Rose Bowl title in four years as head coach at USC, followed by seven years as an assistant coach in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams.

Tollner mentored football greats including, All-American and future NFL QB Jim McMahon as well as members of his USC staff, then-unknown coaches like Dave Wannstedt (Miami Dolphins head coach), Norv Turner (San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator) and Steve Mariucci (San Francisco 49ers head coach).

In 1989, Tollner was inducted into the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ted and his wife, Barbara, have two daughters, Linda and Tammy; one son, Bruce; and nine grandchildren.

Daniel Doyle
Daniel Doyle

Daniel Doyle, Jr., Executive Director, the Institute for International Sport

Daniel E. Doyle, Jr. is Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for International Sport and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Youth Peace Summit.

Mr. Doyle graduated from Bates College, where he was co-captain of the men's varsity basketball team and later served as a Trustee. He is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Mr. Doyle also holds two honorary doctorates for his work in sports education.

As a highly successful men's basketball coach, Mr. Doyle compiled a record of 142-45. In his final season at Trinity College, when his team went 22-4, he was named New England College Coach of the Year

Mr. Doyle is the author of the acclaimed novel "Are You Watching, Adolph Rupp?" and "The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting", which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Doyle is a regular guest on ESPN's Outside The Lines, as well as other programs on CNN, Fox News, and ABC.

Mr. Doyle founded the Institute for International Sport in 1986 at the University of Rhode Island. The Institute is now considered by many to be the foremost sports education initiative in the world. Among the programs Mr. Doyle conceived at the Institute are National Sportsmanship Day and the World Scholar-Athlete Games.

Mr. Doyle has received numerous awards, including induction into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and the prestigious Terence Cardinal Cooke Humanitarian Award.

Mr. Doyle lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife, Katherine. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle are the parents of six children: Daniel III, Matthew, Andrew, Margaret, Caroline and Julie.

Sam Acho
Sam Acho

Arizona Cardinals 2011 draftee Sam Acho

The recipient of the 2010 ARA Sportsmanship Award, Sam Onyedikachi Acho was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the 103rd pick overall of the 2011 NFL Draft. Acho also played college football at the University of Texas.

The Dallas native, defensive end was a double major in business (honors program) and marketing; earning academic and athletic accolades. Described by his coaches, fellow players and students as a competitor with class, motivator who’s humble and honest, and leader by example; he’s said to treat everyone with respect and integrity. He has praises and prayers for his team mates and opponents after games, gives credit to those around him and works with new players to carry on traditions.

Off the field Acho’s time and talents include traveling every summer with his brother and team mate Emmanuel, and father to Nigeria on family medical mission trips. He invites teammates along to help and give back. He has also given his time as a member or helping with the following organizations and causes including: UT's community service program; Dell Children's Medical Center; UT's Student Advisory Council; local homeless shelters; elementary and middle schools; Orange Santa program; teaching English; class government; Spanish Honor Society, and many more.

Acho's other awards include: 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team; 2010 Sporting News 20 Smartest Athletes in Sports; 2010 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist; 2010 Playboy Preseason All-America Team; 2009 ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American; 2009 Lott Trophy Semifinalist (nation's top defensive IMPACT player); 2010 Lombardi Award; Lott Trophy; Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy and Hendricks Award watch lists member 2010 UT Friar Society Two-time First-Team Academic All-District Two-time First-Team Academic All-Big 12.

Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson, Founder and Executive Director of the Positive Coaching Alliance

With the mission to create a movement to transform the culture of youth sports so that all youth athletes have a positive, character-building experience, Thompson founded the Positive Coaching Alliance.

For more than 10 years, Jim was director of the Public and Global Management Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he also taught courses in leadership and non-profit issues. US News named Stanford’s Public Management Program the top nonprofit business management program in the nation in 1992.

He has a degree in elementary education from the University of North Dakota, a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Oregon, and an MBA from Stanford.

Since its founding in 1998, Positive Coaching Alliance has developed a network of more than 130 trainers across the U.S., who have delivered 6,000-plus workshops for youth sports leaders, coaches, parents and athletes. Jim was named one of the Top 100 Sports Educators in the U.S. by the Institute for International Sport in October 2007. Dan Doyle, IIS Executive Director, described PCA as “the finest organization of its kind in the United States.”

In March 2004, Jim was named an International Fellow by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public - an organization that recognizes outstanding social entrepreneurs.

He is the author of four books: The Double-Goal Coach, Positive Coaching, Shooting in the Dark: Tales of Coaching and Leadership, and his most recent, Positive Coaching in a Nutshell.

Jim is a member of the faculty in Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program where he teaches courses in coaching, leadership and sport and spirituality.

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