OAK BROOK, Ill.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Athletico Physical Therapy is proud to announce Tim Thornton, Peoria High School Head Football Coach, as the winner of the 4th-annual Athletico Coach of the Year Award. To honor Thornton, Athletico presented him with a commemorative plaque and tickets to the Big Ten Football Championship game. The Athletico Coach of the Year Award recognizes coaches for their service to local communities, sportsmanship, coaching success and classroom involvement.
“He and the entire football staff work hard to help boys become better men, and winning the state football championship was a tremendous accomplishment.”
“While there are many great nominations each year, Coach Thornton embodied the true meaning of the Athletico Coach of the Year,” said Jason Bannack, Vice President of Outreach Services at Athletico. “Tim’s emphasis on academics and his athletes’ involvement within the community is evident. We are proud to partner with Peoria High School and want to congratulate Tim on winning this award.”
Multiple individuals across the community nominated Thornton for his leadership and successes. The Lions capped off the 2016 season with their first Class 5A state championship and a 13-1 record.
Additionally, Thornton’s focus on academics and community involvement lead to his selection. He has instilled a program where success is measured by record and the number of players graduating high school and attending college. Thornton’s program also pushes the student-athletes to be positive role models.
“We are proud of Coach Thornton for being named Athletico Coach of the Year,” said Brien Dunphy, Peoria Athletic Director. “He and the entire football staff work hard to help boys become better men, and winning the state football championship was a tremendous accomplishment.”
The Coach of the Year Award was open to junior high or high school level coaches within Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Nominators explained why their coach should be recognized, and an Athletico selection committee reviewed the nominations, selecting Coach Thornton as the winner.
Athletico Physical Therapy provides the highest quality orthopedic rehabilitation services to communities, employers and athletes in over 350 locations throughout nine states with more than 4000 employees. Athletico is committed to our patients and referring physicians through our patient-centric focus, positive work environment, attention to quality and high standard of care. Athletico measures patient outcomes and satisfaction and is dedicated to continuous improvement. Our services include physical and occupational/hand therapy, workers’ compensation, women’s health therapy, concussion management and athletic training. For more information, or to schedule a free injury screening, please visit www.athletico.com and follow us on Twitter at @Athletico.