There’s lots of reasons why Highland Park is consistently named one of America’s Top 20 high schools. One of those reasons is Jerry Sutterfield. A big, friendly country boy with a passion for straw hats and teaching kids, girls cross country coach and Athletic Director for Women’s Sports Jerry Sutterfield was recently named the 2010-11 4A-5A Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
Over the past 25 years, Sutterfield has built HP’s girls cross country into more than a sports dynasty (although it is certainly that); it is a place where teenage girls find solace, support, and strength. It is impossible to measure, or put into words, the impact that Sutterfield has had on the hundreds of girls who’ve run through his program, but the girls themselves eloquently made their case at last week’s HPCC Banquet where the praise came in wave after wave. Sutterfield, who coached this year’s cross country team to a 4A team state championship in November, is a tough fellow who is also prone to cry. This heartfelt emotion has endeared him to kids and parents (like me) who are lucky enough to have a daughter under Sutterfield’s encouraging mentorship. Congratulations to a fantastic guy who epitomizes what great coaching is all about.