Acree honored as Coach of the Year finalist for TABC
By Robert Proctor
An area championship and many postseason awards have made the 2019-2020 girls basketball season a memorable one for Yorktown High School. Now, they can add another accomplishment, as coach Val Acree was named a finalist for the Dean Weese Award, representing Conference 2A-Region IV, by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC).
The Yorktown Kitty Kats finished Acree’s second season as regional quarterfinalists, their first time reaching this round in 15 years. As many of his players won postseason accolades, Acree can now add his name to the list. In a word, Acree was “shocked” upon hearing of his selection as a finalist for 2A girls coach of the year.
“The way I found out was a coaching friend of mine, Denis Cano, at Mason, who I played Little League baseball with,” Acree said. Cano tagged Acree on Facebook to congratulate him, naturally leading Acree to jump on the TABC website to see if it was true.
“To see my name listed as a finalist with coaches like Tommy Cross at Martin’s Mill and Rob Schmucker at Panhandle was quite a surprise and a huge honor for me,” Acree stated.
This award not only speaks volumes about Acree’s coaching but about the Yorktown’s girls basketball program as a whole.
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