Pamela Goodpaster “Outstanding Coach Award”
The Pamela Goodpaster “Outstanding Coach Award” recognizes an individual who has coached a minimum of ten years in the South-West Conference and has displayed the highest ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and leadership. This year the South-West Conference is honored to present the Pamela Goodpaster “Outstanding Coach Award” to Chuck Drury of Pomperaug High School. Throughout his career as a teacher and coach, Chuck Drury has devoted his life to providing positive athletic experiences for students. He is to be applauded and commended for his commitment and dedication to his school and community.
Drury is a 1965 graduate of Northwest Catholic High School where he excelled in football and baseball. He earned his Bachelors Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 1969 and played football for the Owls. He began his teaching and coaching career in the Bristol, CT public schools before arriving in Southbury in 1976 as a teacher and coach.
He served 27 years as the head football coach and eight years as an assistant football coach at Pomperaug High School. He also coached girls track, wrestling and girls basketball for the Panthers. It was in football, however, where he made his mark as a coach. His football teams won SWC titles in 2002, 2004 and 2009. The 2004 PHS team won the Class MM State Championship and the 2009 team was the Class L runner-up. He was also on the staff of the girls basketball team when it was runner-up in the 2004 Class L state tournament and won the 2006 SWC title. Since retiring in 2010, he has served as a volunteer assistant football coach at Southington High School where his son Mike is the head coach.
Drury has been the recipient of numerous accolades during his professional career. He was the National Football Foundation/Fairfield County Chapter “Coach of the year” in 1999. He was the Danbury News Times “Coach of the Year” in 2002 and the New Haven Register “Coach of the Year” in 2004. He was the Connecticut High School Coaches Association “Coach of the Year” in 2009. In 2012 he was a finalist for National High School Athletic Coaches Association “Coach of the Year” honors. He was awarded the Ralph Papazian Leadership Award by the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
The South-West Conference applauds and thanks Chuck Drury for all that he has done for his school, the SWC and the student-athletes whose lives he has touched and impacted. He is an outstanding role model as a teacher and coach whose teams, win or lose, always conducted themselves with class and dignity.