Posted: 2:56 pm Friday, February 11th, 2011

Palm Beach County Sports Commission announces finalists for Annual Sports Awards 

By Jeff Greer

Palm Beach County Sports Commission has announced its finalists for its 2010 Annual Sports Awards.

The Commission listed 15 coaches and athletes nominated for six awards, many of them familiar names. The banquet will be at Palm Beach County Convention Center on March 27. Here are the nominees:

High School Athlete of the Year

Jacoby Brissett, Dwyer, quarterback. Passed for 2,473 yards, 32 touchdowns and one interception. Won the Lou Groza High School Player of the Year award and was a U.S. Army All-American.

Nick O’Leary, Dwyer, tight end. Caught 51 passes for 875 yards and 12 touchdowns. Was also a U.S. Army All-American.

Kelvin Taylor, Glades Day, running back. Rushed for 2,463 yards and 34 touchdowns as a sophomore, tying the state high school record for career touchdowns (110).

High School Coach of the Year

Jessie Hester, former Glades Central football coach. Coached the Raiders to their second consecutive appearance in the Class 2A state finals. Went 36-4 in three seasons as Glades Central coach.

Randy Jackson, Palm Beach Gardens softball coach. Led the Gators to their third state title in six years and their four title-game appearance in that time span.

Pete Walker, Glades Day football coach. Coached Glades Day to a repeat victory in the Class 1B state championship, winning his third state title at the school since 2006.

Amateur Athlete of the Year

Matt Greener, Jupiter, baseball player at Cumberland University in Tennessee. Was NAIA Player of the Year and first-team All-American after hitting .466 with 27 home runs and 101 RBIs.

Lester Jean, Boca Raton, football player at FAU. Averaged 82.3 yards receiving a game, catching 64 passes for eight touchdowns and 988 yards.

Brooks Koepka, Wellington (and Cardinal Newman), golfer at FSU. Named ACC Player of the Year in 2010 after winning Freshman of the Year honors in 2009.

Coach of the Year

Mark Richt, Georgia football coach (and Boca Raton product). Reached the 90-win milestone at Georgia this season.

Kevin O’Sullivan, Florida baseball coach (and Jupiter grad). Coached the Gators to the NCAA College World Series and an SEC title with a 47-17 record.

Kimmy Bloemers, Palm Beach Atlantic softball coach. Coached PBAU to its first-ever appearance in an NCAA postseason tournament.

Professional Athlete of the Year

Jacoby Ford, Oakland Raiders (Cardinal Newman alum). Returned three kickoffs for touchdowns for the upstart Raiders and had 25 catches for 470 yards and two more touchdowns.

Bernhard Langer, golfer (native of Boca). Won five times in 23 starts on the Champions Tour and led the money list. Was named the 2010 Champions Tour Player of the Year.

Outstanding Sports Contributor

Palm Beach County Junior Golf Association