T.K. Griffith, the boys basketball coach at Archbishop Hoban High School, is the 25th recipient of the annual Clem Caraboolad Memorial Coach of the Year award.
Tom Giffen, then sports editor of the Akron Beacon Journal, started the award in 1989 to honor Caraboolad, the football coach and a teacher at Archbishop Hoban High School, who died of a heart attack at the age of 43 on Jan. 29, 1988.
Caraboolad, who was an assistant football coach and teacher at Walsh Jesuit before going to Hoban, was known for his passionate commitment to his family, his players, his students and his job.
He gave an inordinately high amount of time on and off the field to his players, and in and out of the classroom to his students. He also was known for his dedication to his wife, Jane, and their children, Steven and Scott.
After his death, the Beacon Journal started the award to honor an area coach whose commitment and values matched that of Caraboolad.
The process starts each year with nomination forms and emails being sent to high schools in Summit, Stark, Wayne, Medina and Portage counties.
Members of the Beacon Journal high school sports staff then review the nominations and select a winner. Others considered this year were Jeff Howard of Woodridge, Dave Riggs of Perry and John MacLean of East.
Griffith will receive the award Monday at the annual winter sports banquet of the Touchdown Club of Greater Akron at Guy’s Party Center. The Touchdown Club became a partner in the award in 2007.