by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner
LINCOLN, NE – In a glittering ceremony at the annual National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) National Coach of the Year awards banquet, Fairview High School girls basketball head coach Kyle Jinks was announced as the recipient of the 2023 NHSACA Girls Basketball Coach of the Year award.
Jinks, who has spent an illustrious 25-year tenure as head coach at Fairview High School, has left an indelible mark on the sport with his exceptional coaching abilities. During his coaching career, Jinks has achieved an astounding 912 wins, along with an impressive tally of 12 state championships and a runner-up finish. His unwavering commitment to excellence has been acknowledged multiple times, as he was previously selected as the NFHS State Coach of the Year and received LSWA Coach of the Year accolades on four occasions.
Under Jinks’ guidance, the Fairview High School girls basketball team has been a formidable force, consistently advancing to the state finals for the past four seasons, with three championship victories during that time. His exceptional leadership and dedication to nurturing young talent have not only elevated the performance of his teams but have also made him a well-respected figure in the coaching community.
Apart from his responsibilities at Fairview, Jinks has also diligently served the state athletic association by actively participating in the basketball coaches association. His contributions include a commendable 15-year service on the All-Star selection committee and serving on the Board of Directors.
The NHSACA banquet also witnessed the induction of former longtime St. Augustine head boys basketball coach Bernard Griffith into the Hall of Fame. Griffith’s legacy includes a remarkable run of success during his 18-season tenure at St. Augustine. Under his tutelage, the Purple Knights secured three state titles, including an ESPN National Championship accolade in 1995. Griffith’s impressive won-loss record of 491-127 and 13 Catholic League titles speak volumes about his coaching prowess and commitment to excellence.
Notably, Griffith’s influence extended beyond high school basketball, as several of his players achieved great success at higher levels of the sport. Among the notable names were Kerry Kittles, an All-American at Villanova, who played nine seasons in the NBA and earned All-Rookie Second Team honors, Corey Andrews, Pointer Williams, and Hollis Price.
The NHSACA event also recognized other outstanding coaches from Louisiana, including Episcopal’s Bill Jones for Girls Track & Field, Steven Fitzhugh of Ouachita Christian for Boys Track & Field, Al Silvas of Dominican for Girls Soccer, Chris Prator of St. Scholastica for Swimming, and Tony Antley of Choudrant for Baseball.
As the sports world celebrates the achievements of these esteemed coaches, Jinks’ recognition as the NHSACA Girls Basketball Coach of the Year and Griffith’s induction stands as a testament to the dedication, expertise, and impact both coaches have had on the lives of young athletes.
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is committed to supporting and empowering High School Coaches and Athletic Directors nationwide through education, recognition, and professional services. Our mission is to promote high school athletics, foster professional growth, teamwork, sportsmanship, and healthy lifestyles for Athletes, Coaches, and Athletic Directors.