GILFORD — After winning his first state championship with the Gilford High School Field Hockey team, Coach Dave Rogacki received another recently honor from the Positive Coaching Alliance.
The Positive Coaching Alliance selected Rogacki as a PCA-New England Honorable Mention Double-Goal Coach. Of the 2,000 nominations made nationwide, PCA-New England had 16 coaches honored – three of the 50 National Double-Goal Coach Award Winners, eight of the 150 Regional Award winners, and five Honorable Mentions. This is a significant honor awarded to coaches that embody PCA's ideals, striving to win while also pursuing the even more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. Rogacki was nominated by a player, parent or fellow coach, and supported by multiple testimonials. His nomination and testimonials impressed the awards committee with his commitment to helping develop better athletes and better people.
Rick Acquilano, athletic director at Gilford High School, said that Rogacki was well-deserving of the honor.
"I think everybody in the field hockey community at Gilford understands that he's the biggest reason for the success that this program has. I think that the spirit of why he's receiving the award is the reason why he's having success. His approach to coaching is always positive in nature, personalized and encouraging to the student-athletes that he's in contact with. His players, because of the way they're treated, would run through a wall for him. What's important as well is that the parents and the community as well sees the connections to those kids." Yes, the team was able to raise a championship banner this year, but Acquilano said Rogacki's measure goes beyond a win-loss record.
"To truly have success, it's deeper than banners, it's about changing lives and influencing people in ways that benefit them for a lifetime... He's an old-school coach that has a relevant approach to kids, using humor and using positive comments has equaled great results and we're really proud to have him part of our community."
Gilford High School Field Hockey Coach Dave Rogacki, shown here with his team after winning the state championship, was recently recognized by the Positive Coaching Alliance. (Courtesy photo)
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