The Positive Coaching Alliance has awarded Charlie Bell with its Double-Goal Coach award.
Bell is a veteran St. Joseph and One Way Water Polo coach.
He is one of 25 national winners from 1,700 applicants from across the United States. Coaches of all sports were eligible.
“I was shocked,” Bell said by phone Wednesday about being notified of the award Tuesday.
“I’m still a little taken aback. I’m very grateful for the honor. I’m in this to coach and work with the kids, not for any awards.”
At least eight area residents wrote Positive Coaching Alliance in behalf of Bell as the organization was making its decision about the award.
Positive Coaching Alliance is associated with Maxpreps.com.
The award, a press release issued by the Positive Coaching Alliance states, “is named for coaches who strive to win while pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.”
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The award carries a $250 prize, a trophy and mention within the websites and Positive Coaching Alliance newsletters.
Part of what Dan Clardy wrote in behalf of Bell reads, “Charlie is one of those coaches that, like so many I had growing up, is easily taken for granted. When I look back and compare him to some of my favorite coaches, he stands among the best. He is not necessarily the best because of his coaching strategies (although he is quite excellent). He ranks among the best because of his commitment to the kids and to the water polo community in general.
“By creating a positive, character-building youth sports experience, and serving as a Double-Goal Coach, Charles helps youth develop into better athletes and better people.”
Bell said in the release, “The amount of work you put into something is what you’re going to be able to get out of it.
“It’s like a bank account. If you’re not putting the time in, making those deposits daily, then later on you’re not going to be able to make withdrawals.”
Bell continues to play water polo at the masters level.
“Winning matches is not my ultimate goal,” he said in the release. “My priority is to help these kids have a sport they can stay in for the rest of their lives.”