Posted: 1:47 pm Monday, December 30th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
Dwyer won its second state title in school history in December, and the recognition and accolades continue to come the Panthers’ way.
After leading Dwyer to its first undefeated football season, coach Jack Daniels was named Florida’s Class 7A Coach of the Year, and quarterback Daniel Parr was named Florida’s Class 7A Player of the Year on Monday. The winners were selected following balloting by a statewide panel of high school football coaches and prep media representatives.
Parr threw for 36 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards in his first year as the starting quarterback.
Now, Daniels is one of eight finalists for Florida’s Coach of the Year award, and Parr is one of eight finalists for Florida’s Mr. Football award. The winners will be announced in January.
Here is the full list of finalists for each award:
Coach of the Year
Nate Hudson, South Dade, Class 8A Coach of the Year
Jack Daniels, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, Class 7A Coach of the Year
Roland Smith, Miami Central, Class 6A Coach of the Year
Mike Rumph, Plantation American Heritage, Class 5A Coach of the Year
Tim Harris, Sr., Miami Booker T. Washington, Class 4A Coach of the Year
Verlon Dorminey, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, Class 3A Coach of the Year
Mike Tunsil, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic, Class 2A Coach of the Year
Andrew Thomas, Trenton, Class 1A Coach of the Year
Robert Thomas, Apopka, Senior, Running Back, Class 8A Player of the Year
Daniel Parr, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, Junior, Quarterback, Class 7A Player of the Year
Dalvin Cook, Miami Central, Senior, Running Back, Class 6A Player of the Year
Sony Michel, Plantation American Heritage, Senior, Running Back, Class 5A Player of the Year
Treon Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington, Senior, Quarterback, Class 4A Player of the Year
Isaiah Ford, Jacksonville Trinity Christian, Senior, Wide Receiver, Class 3A Player of the Year
Caleb Lewis, Lakeland Victory Christian Academy, Junior, Quarterback, Class 2A Player of the Year
D. J. Thomas, Baker, Senior, Running Back, Class 1A Player of the Year
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.