John W. Coffey
The John W. Coffey Award was established in 1997 by Earlene Coffey. It is presented annually to honor a volunteer umpire within District 31 who; by their effort, respect and dedication, reflect the standards established by the late, former District 31 Umpire-in-Chief, John Coffey.
Even after many, many years of service to Little League Baseball, John continued to seek improvement for himself. And whether it was by his instruction, or the example he demonstrated on the field, he was instrumental in the development of any umpire who sought his advice.
This scholarship award seeks to perpetuate the dedication, respect and commitment John epitomized each and every time he umpired a Little League Baseball game.
Honorees are selected by the Coffey Award Committee. In recognition of their accomplishment, they receive tuition to a Little League Baseball Umpire training event, as well as other gifts.
Recipient(s) are announced, and presented with a commemorative plaque, at the District 31 Majors Championship Game.
On July 4th 2017, the John Coffey Scholarship Award recipients were announced prior to the District 31 Majors Championship game. Congratulations to Tom Naylor of Poway American Little League and Shawn Workman of Escondido National Little League!
Past Award Winners include:
1997- Kevin Slebioda (youth) Escondido Continental
1998- Mike Johnson (youth) Escondido American
1999- Steve Arce Escondido National
2000- Mike Mitchell Escondido National
Matt Arce (youth) Escondido National
2001- Robbie Koble (youth) Poway American
Mike Cascioppo (youth) Escondido Continental
2002- Bud Mathews Escondido Continental
Todd Wilkinson (youth) Escondido American
2003- Jeff Wimbrough Carmel Mt. Ranch
Mike Gonzales (youth) Escondido Continental
2004- Jim Clark Rancho Bernardo
Mike Wimbrough (youth) Carmel Mt. Ranch
2005- Tom Urbach Poway American
Tyler Bennett (youth) Escondido Continental
Nathan Hannah (youth) Escondido Continental
Mike Vaona (youth) Carmel Mt. Ranch
2006- Mike Deason Poway American
Kyre Wilcox (youth) Encinitas
2007- Bruce Courtney 4S Ranch
Ryan Walker (youth) Carmel Mt. Ranch
2008- Jeff Norton Poway American
2009- Dave Miller Poway American
Anthony Capito (youth) Escondido National
2010- Mike Kiesel Encinitas National
Bennett Criss (youth) Escondido American
2011- Ken Judd 4S Ranch
2012- John Tompkins Valley Center
Tyler Robbins (youth) Carmel Mountain Ranch
2013- Steven Richardson Poway National
Josh Bernstein (youth) Del Mar National
2014- Bill Gee 4S Ranch
Brett Martin (youth) Poway American
2015- Paul Green Poway American
John Madison Escondido National
2016- Brian Cannon Poway American
Matt Marino 4S Ranch
Matt Martin (youth) Poway American
2017- Tom Naylor Poway American
Shawn Workman Escondido National
"A very prestigious award in our district. John was a great umpire and a better person. Each of us whether we knew him or not takes a little bit of him on the field each time we work." - Mark Bernstein, CA-31 Umpire Consultant