Vikings coaches honored

Lady Vikings softball coach Jeff Frye picked up another Northwest conference coach of the year award.

Coach Rodney King congratulates Justin Kenard after winning the 800 meter run at the 1-A track and field state championships.

The spring sports season was a strong one at North Stokes. Track coach Mike Williams won coach of the year after his boys earned the 1A track and field state championship for the second year in a row, coach Rodney King was named 1A Northwest conference coach of the year along with softball coach Jeff Frye.

“For a high school student this is usually their last chance to try out different sports. They can do a little of everything,” said athletic director Trey Wiggins. “It can bring kids out of their shell and push them to do better in the classroom. Good coaches help kids succeed.”

Wiggins said Williams and King do a great job working with their athletes and keeping up with the changes in the sport.

“I know that everything is being taken care of on the track and things are being done the right way,” he said. “They really enjoy what they do and it shows.”

Wiggins said coaches have the chance to impact students in and out of the classroom.

“They have to maintain their grades to play and a lot of times it’s the coaches pushing the kids to perform and pulling out the best in them.”

Last year Frye led the Lady Vikings to a state championship win and this season his team made their way to the fourth round of the state playoffs, outlasting other programs in Stokes County.

“Jeff’s passionate about the sport and really understands it,” Wiggins said. “He’s good at coaching girls and they trust him. He knows when to give them space and when to reel them in. When they hit the field they’re always ready to play.”

Amanda Dodson can be reached at (336)-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

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