Plenty of accolades go to the prep coaches whose teams win state titles, but Boulder High’s Hardy Kalisher took home a unique honor this week.
Kalisher, who guided the Panthers boys soccer team to the Class 5A crown last fall, was named one of 20 Double-Goal Coach Award winners by the Positive Coaching Alliance.
The national award recognizes coaches who “strive to win while pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports” and comes with a $250 prize and trophy.
Kalisher was one of two area coaches among the 50 finalists for the award along with Shining Mountain track and cross country coach John Hamilton.
Kalisher led a 2012 Panthers squad whose team theme was “La Familia,” described by Kalisher as “rallying behind a true sense of family and across cultures and across different socio-economic groups.”
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