Danny Teresa, Hartnell College baseball coach and physical education instructor, has been named one of the nation's Most Caring Coaches by USA WEEKEND Magazine (Oct. 2-3).
He was one of only three individuals named to the honor in a nationwide contest. Readers were asked to nominate persons who were not just coaches, but also mentors to their students. More than 1,000 names were submitted.
The winners were chosen by a panel of six judges, including Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker and former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
Commenting on the award, Sherry Schumann, Hartnell's dean of physical education, health education and recreation, and director of athletics, said, "Danny Teresa has set a fine example of what coaching is all about. He is a dedicated, committed and caring individual who believes that coaching extends far beyond the field. He demonstrates that in his actions. We are fortunate to have not only a great coach, but an individual of his character and commitment."
The magazine supplement noted that Teresa, 42, is committed to helping his students transfer to four-year schools. He "composes reference letters and contacts colleges directly, mailing out hundreds of letters a year," and more than 90% of his students go on to four-year colleges and universities, the magazine said.
Teresa has been on the Hartnell faculty for 14 years.
He was presented the award at a campus reception on Oct. 1. A regional director for USA WEEKEND Magazine presented Teresa with a plaque and a check for $1,000, which the coach says he will contribute to local charities.
USA WEEKEND has a nationwide circulation of more than 22 million.