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Daren Coe, CMAA Receives NFHS Citation

By Roy Turner, CMAA, 12/15/21, 5:45PM EST

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Wake County AD to Receive National Honor

Wake County Schools district athletic director Deran Coe Received the National Federation of State High School Associations Citation Award in Denver, Colorado on December 13th at the NIAAA National Conference.

The NFHS Citation(s) are awarded annually and presented to athletic directors who contribute to interscholastic athletics at the local, state, and national levels. Recipients are nominated by state associations and approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Wake County is the 15th largest school district in the country, and Coe supports athletic departments at 35 middle schools and 25 high schools. He took over the position in 2013, replacing Bobby Guthrie.

As the county athletic director, Coe has put an emphasis on athletic opportunities for females and students with disabilities. Coe worked with USA Cheerleading to add stunt as a sport in Wake County and has worked with the Special Olympics of North Carolina to include unified sports in Wake County schools.

Under Coe's leadership, Wake County became the first large school district in the country to certify all middle and high school football coaches in Heads Up Football, a USA Football program supported by the NFL aiming to make the game safer. From 2015 until 2019, Coe was on the USA Football National High School Advisory Committee.

Coe, who coached soccer for several years, first became an athletic director in 2006 when he was named to the position at Franklinton High School in Franklin County. He had served as an assistant athletic director for several years.

Later, Coe was hired as the athletic director at Wake Forest High School as the school was split between Wake Forest and the brand new Rolesville High School.

At the national level, Coe is a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association National Faculty for LTI 709 and has served on the NIAAA Resolutions Committee since 2016.

In North Carolina, Coe has served on numerous committees with N.C. Athletic Directors Association and N.C. High School Athletic Association.

Coe won the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2019 and received the NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service last year.