The Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Columbus named a female coach of the year and male coach of the year on Wednesday. They are Mary Lynne Cumiskey of Brookstone School and John Drew of Northside High School.
Marty Durden of the local FCA chapter made the announcement in a press conference at the former Daniel Middle School.
The two coaches wield "outstanding influence in the community," Durden said.
Since 2005, Columbus FCA has named coaches of year. They are coaches who "best represent the ideals espoused by FCA in the coaching profession." The criteria are: a record of athletic success, principally in a head coach position; a life of integrity both professionally and personally; involvement with FCA; and significant Christian influence to further FCA's core values of team work, service, commitment and excellence.
Cumiskey has coached tennis at Brookstone since 1982, where her teams through 2009 are 337-99. Cumiskey is a 1976 graduate of Brookstone.
Drew, as well, is a longtime Columbus coach. His first foray into coaching was in 1962 with Pop Warner football. He coached Hardaway High's football team to its first regional championship in 1984. Drew moved on to Columbus High until last year. He now coaches at Northside High. He was named "Coach of the Year" in 2000 by the Columbus Sports Council and the Ledger-Enquirer.