Chattanooga Christian's Shawn Brower recently was named the National Federation of High School Coaches' Association coach of the year for boys' soccer.
A news release stated that "criteria used in selecting the national coaches of the year are career coaching record, community service, involvement in other school activities, involvement in his or her profession at local, state, and national levels, and basic philosophy of athletics."
Brower led his Chargers to a 16-6-1 record and the Class A/AA state quarterfinals a year after they won the 2011 state championship. In his seven seasons as CCS head coach, he has a record of 114-28-13.
"It's incredibly humbling," Brower said of the honor. "There are so many great coaches, including a number just in Chattanooga. I think it speaks to the quality of players we've had. Their character and the consistency we've been able to have has caught somebody's attention.
"Somebody has me in a category I wouldn't put myself in."
Brower credited assistant coach Gene Nelson, who directs the goalkeepers, for a big role in making the Chargers competitive.
"Too many times, there's too much credit given to the head coach, but Gene's been my assistant for seven years and we always have great goalkeepers," Brower said.
"This award isn't just for me; it's for the entire Chattanooga soccer community."