Longtime Lipscomb Academy football coach Glenn McCadams and senior Cooper Elkins were recently honored by the Middle Tennessee chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Representatives of the organization presented the Roy Kramer Contribution to Football Award to the family of the late McCadams. The award is presented to a "local individual who has been instrumental in promoting the game of football with the highest level of leadership, integrity and participation" and is named in honor of the former SEC Commissioner and Vanderbilt University athletic director.
McCadams coached the Mustangs for 31 years. Under McCadams' leadership, the Mustangs won three state championships. In 2008, McCadams was named the State of Tennessee High School Football Coach of the Year. His total career wins ranked him among the leaders statewide for the most number of wins among active head coaches as well as all-time most victories for a head coach. He was inducted into the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Hall of Fame on April 5. McCadams died March 21, 2013, following a brief illness.
One scholar-athlete from each public and private high school in the Nashville area was recognized for his accomplishments on the football field, academic excellence and community involvement. Elkins, a 6'3" tight end and line backer for the Mustangs, was selected as the top scholar-athlete at Lipscomb Academy.
"Cooper is every thing you want in a player," said Scott Tillman, head coach of the Lipscomb Academy high school football team. "He is very athletic, an incredibly hard worker and coachable. He cares more about the team's goals than personal achievements, and most of all is Christ like in his behavior. It was a privilege to coach such a fine young man."
Elkins has 137 career tackles, six sacks and four tackles for loss in his three seasons with the Mustangs. This season he had the second-highest number of sacks and scored one touchdown. Although Cooper received interest from several college football programs, he has decided to accept an academic scholarship at Auburn University.
"The scholar-athlete awards highlight the best of the NFF's mission in promoting this great game of football," said Robert M. Sullins, president of the NFF Middle Tennessee chapter. "These scholar athletes are examples to their peers, having applied the same traits from the football field — discipline, teamwork, accountability — to all aspects of their life.
Each recipient also received a scholarship as part of his recognition.