McMahon Honored as Palm Beach County Sports Commission Coach of the Year

Written By: Will Johansen, Graduate Assistant for Sports Information

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – On a night where the best Palm Beach County athletes across all sports gathered together for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission (PBCSC) Hall of Fame ceremony, one Palm Beach Atlantic coach was honored in a big way.

For the second consecutive year, a Palm Beach Atlantic head coach received the Bud Newkirk Memorial Coach of the Year award. Men’s soccer head coach Brian McMahon took home the 2016 honors Sunday night.

“I am extremely grateful for the honor to be recognized by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission,” said McMahon. “Just to be nominated alongside Brandon (Miller) and Bob (White) was humbling alone. Despite receiving an individual award I feel incredibly blessed to work along side an amazing coaching staff and athletic department that makes my job so enjoyable every day and I would not have won without them.”

McMahon, in just his second year at the helm of Sailfish soccer, led the program to the best season in its history, boasting a 17-2-1 regular season record, finishing the season ranked No. 4 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)

Coach McMahon was up against previous winner and fellow Palm Beach Atlantic head coach, Bob White, who took the Sailfish volleyball team to the school’s first ever national championship match. The other nominee was Brandon Miller, head coach of Keiser University’s golf program, who led the women’s team to a 2015 NAIA National Championship title.

McMahon is the third Sailfish head coach to be nominated for the award, along with Coach White, 2013 PBCSC Hall of Fame inductee Kimmy Bloemers was also previously nominated for Coach of the Year but did not take home the hardware.

The Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame welcomed seven inductees on the evening, while also honoring high school coach of the year, high school male and female athlete of the year, amateur athlete of the year, and professional athlete of the year. The 2016 inductees included Noah Babin, Craig Dolch, Kristy Whelchel Hartofilis, Malachi Knowles, Jackie Manuel, Andy McGaffigan, and Richard Rellford.

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