LEXINGTON — Every year at the State KAPOS Competition, one lucky school earns the right to brag about their coach receiving the Coach of the Year award. Few programs across the Commonwealth can claim they once held this honor. Yet, for 2016, Chavies Elementary has the opportunity to say it accomplished something that most other schools, including those who have brought home Coach of the Year in the past, would consider impossible. The Chavies Elementary Cheerleading Squad watched their coach accept the award twice… in the same year.
The Kentucky Association of Pep Organization Sponsors (KAPOS) has bestowed Coach of the Year honors for 2016 on Shane Noble and Wayne Noble of Chavies Elementary. KAPOS does not typically handout two top-place trophies in this category, but for 2016, KAPOS decided that taking a break from the ordinary was the only way to truly honor Chavies Elementary’s extraordinary coaches.
Shane and Wayne Noble are identical twins, and they have been respected figures in cheerleading and gymnastics for decades. Their coaching tenure at Chavies began 24 years ago.
In a statement delivered after this year’s KAPOS Competition, the Noble brothers said, “It’s nice to receive this award and we are grateful, but we never put ourselves above the kids. It’s always about them.”
This year is special for Shane and Wayne in several ways. Along with winning the statewide award for Coaches of the Year, their Chavies Elementary squad also placed 3rd overall in state competition. Placing top 3 in the entire state would be meaningful for a school at any time, but the accomplishment holds even more significance for Chavies now, considering the fact that this is Chavies Elementary’s last year of existence. This summer the school will close forever, as students prepare for consolidation at the new West Perry Elementary, which is currently under construction.
The Chavies Cardinals cheerleaders, and both of their beloved coaches, were given trophies for their outstanding achievements at the KAPOS Middle School State Championship, which was held Dec. 17 at All Tech Arena in Lexington.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.