Best Sports Coach (2007)

Roland Smith, Miami Northwestern Senior High School head football coach

Early during their undefeated run, the Bulls outscored five opponents by a score of 235 to zero. By the eighth game of the season Northwestern had smoked the competition 359-41. Even then school alumnus Roland Smith couldn't rest easy. Anything less than the school's fourth state championship, and the former Miami Dolphins cornerback would likely be out of a job. So excuse Smith for relentlessly dogging his players, even after impressive blowout wins. The Monday after the Bulls shellacked Hialeah Miami-Lakes 54-0, Smith made the team do a drill in which each player had to crawl 600 yards on his elbows and toes. Not even assistants escaped Smith's Lombardi act. Whenever the Bulls suffered an excessive celebration penalty, Smith made the assistants do pushups. The drill sergeant approach worked. Northwestern finished 15-0. The Bulls defeated Lake Brantley for the 6A state title this past December 9 in front of 24,368 high school football fans — a single-game attendance record — at Dolphin Stadium.


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