Lindenstein: Boulder’s Hardy Kalisher snares Positive Coaching Alliance award

Boulder boys soccer coach Hardy Kalisher does the worm for his players as a kept promise after winning the Class 5A state title last fall over Smoky Hill.
JEREMY PAPASSO
Boulder boys soccer coach Hardy Kalisher does the worm for his players as a kept promise after winning the Class 5A state title last fall over Smoky Hill.

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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