Ott Hurrle '70 with his Power of Influence award. He is the only Indiana high school football coach to have received the award.
The Crusader Community knows head football coach Ott Hurrle as a person of integrity and quality and a longtime servant-leader of students, athletes and colleagues at Scecina Memorial High School. Now we know that others in the football world throughout the country share our regard for the coach as he is the 2014 Power of Influence Award winner, given jointly by the American Football Coaches Association and American Football Coaches Foundation.
Hurrle, a 1970 Scecina graduate, is the first coach from Indiana to win this award since it was initiated in 2002. He was honored during the AFCA convention on Jan. 13, surrounded by family, Scecina colleagues and former classmates and players who drove to Louisville to watch the special ceremony and hear Hurrle’s speech to the gathering. Hurrle said five of his six siblings and 10 nephews and nieces were present at the award ceremony.
“It’s the only national award I’ve ever won, so that makes it pretty special,” Hurrle said. “What also makes it special is that I was nominated by the Indiana Football Coaches Association, and there are so many good qualified coaches here in Indiana to choose from."
The Power of Influence Award was created to recognize a high school coach for his impact on his team and players, as well as the legacy he leaves with the school and community. “This award is not based on wins and losses; however, it is noted that coaches of powerful influence have longevity and success,” according to the AFCA website.
It is the first AFCA award specifically designed to honor a high school coach. Hurrle previously had been a finalist for the award. Hurrle started as an assistant at Scecina in 1974, became head coach in 1988 and then spent three years as defensive coordinator at Butler in the 1990s, later returning to Scecina. He won Class 2A state championships with Scecina in 1990 and '91 and also took the Crusaders to state title games in 2011 and '12.
“Coaching is a noble profession, which I believe attracts people who care, on a daily basis, about the young student-athletes with whom they come into contact,” Hurrle told the AFCA. “It requires the best you have every single day.”
Hurrle has enjoyed much success on the football field over 40 years of coaching and won many awards for football. But the AFCA noted his impact on community in choosing Hurrle for the Power of Influence honor. One of the many examples provided in Hurrle’s nomination by Indiana association is how he reached out to a student who lost his parents. Coach Hurrle provided emotional and financial support to help the student. And he obviously has touched many other lives.
“Ott's success comes as no surprise, and is well founded and earned,” John Gudas, Class of 1964 and former Crusader football, baseball and basketball player, commented on Scecina’s website.
“Coach Ott is such a strong leader and influence on all those Crusaders young and old,” wrote Jim Galbo, also Class of 1964. “His best role models were his parents. I had the privilege of knowing them both as a young person growing up with Ott's older brother. The Hurrles know what service and paying it forward is about. Congratulations, Ott, on a very deserving award. Thanks for leading the Crusaders.”
“Coach Hurrle instilled in me accountability, discipline and great work ethic which has carried over to my everyday life,” Donald Winston, 1995 Indiana Mr. Football nominee for Scecina, told the AFCA.
Hurrle said he is humbled to know his work has left such an impression on the Crusader Community, so much that he’s getting recognized beyond Indiana’s borders.
“I guess it brings back that thought that you don’t think about it while you coaching, but you never know how people are going to remember you,” Hurrle said.
Posted on Tue, February 17, 2015
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