Kodiak Daily Mirror - Alaska HOF hands out Director’s Awards
Alaska HOF hands out Director’s Awards
by Daily Mirror Staff
Jan 18, 2012 | 13 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame announced its inaugural Director’s Awards Tuesday and one award has local ties.

The Joe Floyd Award, named an honor of longtime Kodiak High School athletic director Joe Floyd, was awarded to Steve Nerland and Don Winchester for their significant and lasting contributions to Alaska through sports.

Nerland has been involved in American Legion baseball since 1998 and is responsible for the development of fields at South Anchorage Park.

For the past 10 years, Winchester has been compiling historical stats for the Alaska Sports Activities Association.

Together, the two have been the driving forces behind the new community sports arena at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The 2011 Chugiak High School football team received the Trajan Langdon Award for leadership, sportsmanship and inspiration.

The Mustangs were forced to forfeit four games because of an ineligible player, which kept them out of the state playoffs.

The UAA women’s basketball team and the Alaska Aces each were awarded the Pride of Alaska Award for their consistent excellence in athletic competition.

The UAA women have posted an 82-5 home record and have an 11-5 NCAA tournament record the past five years under coach Tim Moser.

The Aces won ECHL titles in 2006 and in 2011.

Award recipients will be recognized on a plaque at the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame gallery and at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

“The Director’s Awards allow our organization to shine some light on some deserving people,” said Alaska Sports Hall of Fame president Harlow Robinson. “This will be a nice compliment to the inductee enshrinement because it gives us a chance to also celebrate some of the unsung heros as well as some of those who are doing great things right now.”

The class of 2012 induction ceremony is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Anchorage Museum.
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