Posted: 2:53 pm Monday, April 25th, 2011
By Jeff Greer
Dwyer boys’ basketball coach Fred Ross was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year Monday.
The 58-year-old Ross coached Dwyer to a 32-1 record and Class 5A state championship, his third in his 20-year tenure at the Palm Beach Gardens high school. He’s the first Palm Beach County basketball coach to ever win Coach of the Year since Florida Dairy Farmers started naming them in 1993.
Ross’ star guard Jacoby Brissett, who will play football at Florida in the fall and was the Class 5A player of the year in hoops, finished second in Florida Mr. Basketball voting to Winter Park’s Duke-bound stalwart Austin Rivers. No county product has ever won Mr. Basketball.
Summit Christian coach Murray Smith finished third in Coach of the Year voting and Summit guard Farad Cobb, who was the Class 1A player of the year, took fifth place in Mr. Basketball voting. Summit Christian won the Class 1A state title, its first in school history.
Ross received six of 11 possible first-place votes. Smith got two. Both were chosen as their respective class’s coach of the year by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches.
Dwyer had its best season to date in 2011.
In addition to their third state title since 2004, the Panthers beat nationally ranked Findlay Prep of Nevada in the National High School Invitational tournament on national television in what Ross called his program’s biggest victory. ESPN ranked them 13th in its final national high school basketball poll.
Here’s the voting tally:
Player of the Year
1. Austin Rivers (Winter Park) – 107 points, 10 first-place votes
2. Jacoby Brissett (Dwyer) – 65 points, one first-place vote
3. Angelo Warner (Orlando Jones) – 44 points
4. Rod Days Jr. (Sagemont) – 35 points
5. Farad Cobb (Summit Christian) – 33 points
6. Joe Toolie (Leesburg) – 18 points
Coach of the Year
1. Fred Ross (Dwyer) – 79 points, six first-place votes
2. Eli Bryant (Tallahassee-Rickards) – 63 points, three first-place votes
3. Murray Smith (Summit Christian) – 46 points, two first-place votes
4. Marcel Thomas (Leesburg) – 42 points
5. David Bailey (Winter Park) – 37 points
6. Adam Ross (Sagemont) – 35 points