Yontami Jones, the girls basketball coach at Kenmore-Garfield High School, is the 31st 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 age 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 Caraboolad's death, the Beacon Journal started the award to honor an area coach whose commitment and values matched that of Caraboolad.
Members of the Beacon Journal sports staff discussed nominations and other possible candidates for the award and chose Jones.
Jones will receive the award Monday night at the Touchdown Club of Greater Akron's sports banquet at Guy's Party Center. The Touchdown Club became a partner in the award in 2007.
1989: John Nemec, Kent Roosevelt football
1990: Jim France, Manchester football
1991: Steve Grescovich, Walsh Jesuit football, baseball
1992: George Auten, Ellet track and field.
1993: Chuck Long, Rittman football
1994: Tony Kijanko, Tallmadge and Stow football
1995: John Martin, Wadsworth boys basketball
1996: Mike Gallagher, Wooster girls basketball
1997: Bob Lake, Cloverleaf football
1998: Jeff Durbin, Lake football
1999: Rich Neitzelt, Jackson girls track and field
2000: Dan Gourley, Green golf, girls track and field
2001: Bill McGee, Garfield football
2002: Steve Smith, Orrville boys basketball
2003: Ralph Orsini, Archbishop Hoban football
2004: Marie Fiedler, Western Reserve Academy field hockey
2005: Joe Yost, Ellet football
2006: Dan Lancianese, St. Vincent-St. Mary track and cross country
2007: Marty Hill, Windham boys basketball
2008: Jeff Couto, Louisville football, basketball and softball
2009: Ken Rector, Barberton boys basketball
2010: Eric Ervin, Woodridge football
2011: Ron Viscounte, Copley football
2012: John Sabol, Barberton boys soccer
2013: T.K. Griffith, Archbishop Hoban boys basketball
2014: Tina Wallace, Ellet volleyball and girls basketball
2015: Dave Close, Stow basketball
2016: Pat Ritchie, Walsh Jesuit cross country and track and field
2017: Chuck Shuman, Ellet football and softball
2018: Dave Mariola, Barberton wrestling
2019: Yontami Jones, Kenmore-Garfield girls basketball