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FPD Associate A.D. Rennie Atkinson Receives Brent Cribb Distinguished Service Award from GISA Coaches Association

MACON, Ga. – Add another award to the legacy of longtime coach and current FPD Associate Athletic Director Rennie Atkinson’s resume.

Atkinson received the Brent Cribb Distinguished Service Award from the GISA Coaches Association on July 14. The award recognizes those who have given time and service to the GISA throughout the years.

“We’re fortunate to have Coach Rennie Atkinson on our staff,” FPD Athletic Director Greg Moore said. “He understands what it means to serve, and he has done so with an exemplary work ethic.”

Atkinson’s accolades are well deserving of the recognition.

Atkinson has been coaching for 40 years, 27 of which have come in the GISA. During that span, he served as the Executive Secretary for the GISA Coaches Association for 12 years.

“I am very honored to receive this award and humbled to think that the GISA remembered me since we have been out of the league for so long,” Atkinson said. “I really enjoyed my years as Executive Secretary of the Coaches Association and am real happy that the coaches think so highly of what we accomplished during that time.”

Atkinson says he is most proud of the following ideas that were implemented during his tenure:

· Came up with the idea and spearheaded the creation of this award now known as the Brent Cribb Distinguished Service Award and helped set the criteria.
· Came up with the idea and spearheaded the creation of the Athletic-Academic awards for GISA athletes now known as the Morris Johnson Awards.
· Led the creation of All-Star games for softball and baseball.
· Successfully moved the North-South All Star games in basketball and football from Americus to Milledgeville in 3 days in July, 1994, when the games could not be held as scheduled in Americus due to Tropical Storm Alberto’s flood.

Along with his coaching expertise and serving as Executive Secretary, Atkinson was the Director of the State Track Meet in Albany, Ga. for five years.

On the field as a coach, Atkinson’s success is well documented as well.

Serving as offensive and defensive coordinator in football, he was part of 15 state championship teams.

As a head girls basketball coach, he has surpassed 300 wins in 17 seasons.

“Our staff thanks and joins the GISA office in saluting Coach Atkinson as a Distinguished Service Award winner this year,” Moore said. “This is a fitting tribute to a career spent trying to positively impact families that have chosen independent schools for their children.”

Atkinson was also named Star Teacher in 2004 at FPD.

“God has blessed me richly by giving me a calling that I love and then guiding and directing me in such a way that I have enjoyed success,” Atkinson said. “I thank and praise Him for that each and every day.”

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