Chris Solas Honored for Seekonk Youth Football Coaching Legacy
Seekonk Jr. Warriors Youth Football Coach Chris Solas was honored with the Youth Coach of Distinction award for the State of Massachusetts at the Big New England Football Clinic on Friday, March 6.
Presented annually at the BNEFC to one youth football coach from each of the six New England states, the award is given to a coach with a love of the game of football and who is dedicated to the betterment of the game and the development of its young athletes. The recipient is inspiring and encouraging, as well as patient and compassionate. He/she is a role model who teaches the game with dignity and sportsmanship, and who ultimately leaves an indelible mark on the lives of the players he/she mentors.
Matt Brown nominated Chris and had this to say: “Chris is a coach who goes above and beyond what other coaches are willing to do. He often traveled miles back and forth each day to pick up players who did not have rides to and from practice. At one point in the season, a pair of brothers who played for Chris's 10u team had to relocate to Taunton due to a housing situation, basically they were homeless, and Chris would travel to pick them up and bring them home after practice each day. He would often have players who had unstable family lives sleep at his house the night before a game to relieve their anxiety about showing up to games on time. Chris is a father to three children and a husband. His two boys play for the Jr Warriors and his work ethic and passion for the game of football is evident in their approach to the game every day.”
The award was presented during the clinic on March 6 in the Newport, RI Marriott Hotel ballroom. Chris had the honor of receiving his award from the clinic’s keynote speaker, Josh McDaniels, Offensive Coordinator for the New England Patriots.