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Coach Butts Earns State Award for Sportsmanship

April 23, 2014
Hoke County High School

Two Cape Fear region coaches, retired Hoke County football coach Milton Butts and Triton volleyball coach Wendy Gaines, have been named winners of major awards by the N.C. High School Athletic Association.

Butts was one of eight coaches honored with the Homer Thompson Sportsmanship Award while Gaines was the winner of the Toby Webb Coach of the Year Award. Both will be honored at the NCHSAA's annual meeting on May 1 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

The Thompson Award, named for the late athletic director of Winston-Salem's Parkland High School, goes to eight people across the state who have made a difference in the lives of their co-workers and players.

The Webb Award is named for the former Albemarle football coach who is a member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.

Butts, who was recently honored with a surprise retirement party at his former school, E.E. Smith, was the winner in the NCHSAA's Region 4.

He was honored for the role he played as a mentor to many of his athletes, along with his concern for academics that led him to hold after-school study halls at the various schools he worked.

Gaines has spent 18 of her 25 years as a coach at Triton where her volleyball teams have won over 400 matches. They went to the Eastern finals twice and were 21-4 last season.

Gaines is also the assistant athletic director at the school and sponsors the school's chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has been active in taking athletes to the NCHSAA's Student Athlete Summer Institute.

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