Santa Catalina track and field coach Barry Panes has received the Central Coast Section's 2018-19 Spring Sports Honor Coach Award.
The award recognizes coaches for their professional standards, service to the sport, coaching accomplishments, and contributions to their school and community.
Panes has coached track and field at Santa Catalina for the past six years. In that time, the Cougars have won five straight league titles and set school records in the hurdles, sprints, relays, and triple jump (his favorite event). He is described as "totally unselfish with his extra time," taking athletes to compete at invitationals almost every Saturday during track season and working with them after practice on technical events or weight training.
In its announcement, the CCS said: "He is well-respected and admired, both at Santa Catalina and throughout the [Pacific Coast Athletic League], for his dedication and drive to help his student athletes achieve their goals."