ASHFORD, Ala (WDHN) — Over the course of the last month and a half, coach Robin Tyra has been adjusting to the new life of being Ashford High’s new football coach.
However, his time spent at Abbeville is still producing fruits with about a month til the season kicks off.
Today, the Alabama High School Athletic Association has announced that Tyra is the recipient of the Making a Difference award at the 2A level.
This award is given to a person who is in a position in athletics that has shown great leadership not on the field but in the players they have affected.
When coach Tyra first heard the news, he was caught off guard to say the least.
“I was kind of taken aback because I was like you may have the wrong guy, I’m not sure about that but it was a dumbfounding just to realize I had been selected from every coach in the 2A at the time,” Tyra said.
Coaching gives Tyra the opportunity to create young men, who many come in at the age of 14 or 15, into something that is bigger than the team and that kid.
“There is no better feeling than seeing a kid learn how to commit to something that is bigger than himself,” Tyra said. “And when a team of kids commit to the same thing, then success is not far behind.”
The Marion County native has been involved with coaching and teaching since 1999 and for the last twenty one years, Tyra has worked to not only build himself as a coach but also as a man of stature and one to follow.
Every day to the coach presents another opportunity to reach another kid for the better.
Each recipient of the award will have a presentation on AHSAA’s network T.V later this summer as well as a presentation in the fall at each of their school’s.
This award dates back to 2011 to recognize individuals who go beyond their normal duties as a coach, teacher or administrator to make a positive impact in their schools and communities.