WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 1, 2014) - The Winston-Salem Dash presented longtime high school boys basketball coach Howard West with their Service Through Sports Award and announced Senior Services as their 2014 Charity Partner in front of a record crowd of almost 200 attendees during the club's annual Coaches Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark.
Currently the head boys basketball coach at Forsyth Country Day High School, West boasts a 736-313 (.702) record in his coaching career. Almost 600 of those victories have come in the state of North Carolina, where West has coached at four different schools. He trails only the late Harvey Reid for the most victories in North Carolina High School Athletic Association history.
West spent the first 15 years of his coaching career in Virginia before coming to North Carolina and joining Eden Morehead High School in 1984. Five years later, the Lynchburg, Va., native took over the head coaching position at Reynolds High School, where he won three straight state championships from 2000-02. In 2005, West moved to Reagan High School as its coach and Athletic Director. He stayed there until last season when he left for FCD.
"I'm humbled and honored to win this award," West said at Tuesday's event. "Looking at this list of past winners is incredible. I'm very happy to be involved with that group of local sports figures."
The late Clarence "Big House" Gaines, who coached Winston-Salem State University's men's basketball team for 47 years, was the inaugural winner in 2010. Wake Forest University baseball coach Tom Walter took home the honor in 2011, while Bob and Lisa Gfeller's work through the Matthew Gfeller Foundation was recognized in 2012. Last year, the organization honored late FOX8 sportscaster Rich Brenner.
Senior Services of Winston-Salem helps older adults remain at home as long as possible while living with dignity. The organization also helps caregivers through services and education that will benefit them. Since its inception in 1962, its "Meals on Wheels" program has distributed nearly five million meals, while its Home Care program has been providing in-home nursing and healthcare services for Forsyth County seniors since 1978.
"We are absolutely thrilled and so appreciative to be the Dash's 2014 Charity Partner," Richard Gottlieb, President and CEO of Senior Services, said Tuesday. "It's great to be a part of the Dash's organization this year."
Over the last four years, the Dash have worked with Brenner Children's Hospital, the Centers for Exceptional Children, the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem and, most recently, Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County as the club's charity partner. As the team's 2014 Charity Partner, Senior Services will benefit from the proceeds of the Dash's Commemorative Brick Program, through which fans can purchase an engraved brick that is installed outside BB&T Ballpark's main gates beyond right-center field.
In addition to these two special announcements, Dash manager Tommy Thompson spoke about the 2014 Dash, who kick off their season on Thursday night at BB&T Ballpark. Dash players and coaches mingled with all of the attendees, and the club held their annual Media Day immediately following the luncheon.
BB&T Ballpark's fifth season begins Thursday at 7 p.m. with the first of a four-game series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City). For tickets or more information on the team, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.