Legendary former Winslow High School football coach Emil Nasser was honored by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. at a banquet in Phoenix on Dec 15.
At 85, Emil is the oldest active football coach in the state of Arizona, having been active as an assistant coach for the highly successful Joseph City Wildcats in recent years following his retirement from Winslow High School. He has been a full time or part time coach for 60 years, accumulating over 300 wins and over 20 conference or division championships. He has won over 40 awards for his coaching achievements.
Nasser has also been a certified Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) official for 35 years. He has officiated football, basketball and track during his career. He served as an AIA Regional Commissioner for five years. Nasser spent 36 years as head football coach at Winslow High School.
Among the Hall of Fame awards Nasser has received are induction into the Arizona Football Hall of Fame in 1971, induction into the Northern Arizona University Hall of Fame in 1981, induction into the Arizona Coaches Hall of Fame in 1984, Induction into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 as the first Arizona Coach so honored and as a charter member of that organization and induction into the Arizona Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004.
Others honored in the ceremony included Kris O'Dowd of Salpointe Catholic High School who received the Frank Kush Award as the Arizona High School Outstanding Interior Lineman and Everson Griffen of Agua Fria High School who received the Curley Culp Award as the Arizona High School Outstanding Defensive Down Lineman.
Also honored were coaches of the Arizona State High School Football Conference Champions. Those included Troy Head of Mayer (1A), Don Conrad of Thatcher (2A), Carlo Hernandez of Coolidge (3A), Mike Reardon of Saguaro (4AI), Chad DeGrenier of Cactus Shadows (4AII), Steve Bellies of Hamilton (5AI) and Richard Taylor of Centennial (5AII).
The organization also announced that its next event will be the 26th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on Feb. 24. To be honored at that banquet will be Eddie Basha, who will receive the Distinguished Arizonan Award, Erik Widmark, who will receive the Chapter Leadership Award, Jim Ewan of Chandler High School, who will receive the Outstanding Coach Award and Paul Ray Powell, who will receive the Outstanding Official Award.