Finke Receives Award
By Brent Huelsmann
Nashville Middle School Athletic Director Jason Finke received the SIJHSAA Rick Franklin Coaching Longevity Award. The award is named after Rick Franklin, who coached eighth grade basketball, baseball, track, and cross country at Olney Jr. High where he won over 500 games in basketball and several conference and regional championships.
In track and cross country, Franklin won numerous state titles. Franklin began coaching at Olney Jr. High in 1971. Before coaching in Olney Jr. High, Franklin was a coach at Elkhart High School. Franklin is in the IBCA Hall of Fame.
The criteria for the award is that the applicant must be a current coach who has coached for 20 years at the same school or district. The 20 years do not have to be consecutive.
The applicant can also have coached different sports, as long as their total adds up to 20 years. The head coach must be at either the 7th or 8th grade level. The applicant must be an inspiring role model and create an environment for athletes to achieve their potential.
Finke has coached for a total of 23 years, and has spent 14 years as Athletic Director thus far.