Scott Braswell of Hoggard High School and Natalie Tribble of North Iredell High School are the recipients of the 10th annual Toby Webb Coach of the Year Awards given by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).
The two coaches will be recognized at the NCHSAA’s annual meeting on May 7 at the Smith Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
The Webb Award is made possible through the generosity of gifts from individuals and companies through the NCHSAA Endowment and annually recognizes an outstanding male and female coach. To be eligible for the award, a coach must be nominated by school personnel at the NCHSAA member school where he or she coaches, to have coached for a minimum of 10 years, and have made major contributions to the success of high school athletics at the school, in the community and beyond.
Braswell served as the head football coach at Hoggard from 1997 through the past fall season, guiding what has become one of the state’s top programs. The Vikings won the NCHSAA state 4A championship in 2007 and went 13-1 this fall, losing in the Eastern Regional finals to eventual state champion New Bern.
He has earned the Mideastern Conference Coach of the Year honor 11 times and posted a 168-51 mark as a head coach. In 2013, the stadium at Hoggard was named Scott Braswell Stadium in his honor.
On top of his coaching duties and as the school’s athletic director, Braswell is very supportive of other teams at the school, even driving the bus to away games for other programs. He has been active in his church and the community in Wilmington, with such organizations as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Habitat for Humanity, and recently was named “Inspiration Hero to Kids” by the Wilmington Children’s Museum.
Braswell also has shown remarkable tenacity as he battled health issues this past season. He had surgery at the Mayo Clinic in August to remove a rare mass on his spine, with the operation taking 25 hours over a two-day period. Despite the intrusive surgery, Scott was back on the sidelines just five weeks later, with one of his players noting that “Coach has the dedication that even cancer couldn’t deter.”
The longtime coach and Hoggard athletic director resigned his coaching position last month, citing the need for more recovery time and a desire to make the best decision for the school’s football program.
“Natalie and Scott are dedicated professionals who epitomize in many ways the role of coaches and the far-reaching impact they have,” said NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield. “They are most deserving of this recognition and receiving the prestigious Toby Webb Award is a credit to their service and dedication to young people.”
The awards are given in honor of Toby Webb, a member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame who was an outstanding coach as well as a principal and superintendent. He helped turn Albemarle into a football power and posted a brilliant 103-18-6 mark as a head coach there.