West’s Pappas To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award For Coaching
One month after being named National Coach of the Year, Dr. Anthony Pappas of Waterloo West High School has been chosen to receive another prestigious award.
The Wahawks' veteran girls basketball coach is one of two people in the United States named as a recipient of the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in coaching prep basketball. The 2016 recipient for coaching boys basketball is Bob Dwyer from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.
The Morgan Wootten Award winners were selected by a nationally-based committee comprised of Hall of Famers, national high school media members, tournament directors and others who have significantly impacted the game. Morgan Wootten will present the awards at the Basketball Hall of Fame Luncheon in Chicago on March 30, 2016.
Pappas has served as a head coach for 38 years in the state of Iowa, the last 35 being at Waterloo West after previous stops at Mallard and North Fayette. He has an overall coaching record of 540-345 and has guided his team to seven state tournament appearances, six semifinals and two runner-up finishes. Pappas has coached many successful players, sending 23 athletes to Division-I universities.
Dr. Pappas was selected to coach the McDonald's All-American Game in 2011 and was inducted into the Iowa Girls Coaches Association State Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also being honored this year as the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association Girls Basketball National Coach of the Year. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Golden Plaque of Distinction award for girls basketball, presented by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) to a prep coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community and the coaching profession.
The prestigious Lifetime Achievement award is named after Morgan Wootten, who served as the Head Coach of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. for 46 years and is one of two high school coaches enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The annual award recognizes two outstanding high school coaches, one for boys’ basketball and one for girls’ basketball.
Dr. Pappas is the second girls basketball coach from Iowa to receive the national award, joining 2011 Wootten recipient Gene Klinge. Klinge compiled a 1,009-252 record during a 52-year career at two schools -- West Central of Maynard (41 years) and Waukon (11). Klinge is one of only nine coaches in American to win at least 1,000 games -- the only one in Iowa.