Soirée Kids: Stepping Up for Student Athletes

The Pulaski County Special School District boasts many dedicated educators and administrators from 27 schools across central Arkansas, which now includes the DRIVEN Virtual Academy. These educators have dedicated their careers to investing in young people. Sylvan Hills High head football coach, Chris Hill, is no different.

What did being named Football Coach of the Year mean to you?

Being named the Coach of the Year really has several meanings. First of all, it means we have great players who are willing to work, be coachable and buy into what we are trying to teach. Secondly, it means that we have a great staff who put in lots of hours preparing a team to play and trying to find a way to win. Lastly, it means that we have a great administration that is supportive and gives us every opportunity to be successful.

Why did you decide to make coaching your career?

Coaching is something that I have always wanted to do. I love every part of it, from practice and game planning to off-season training, summer workouts and in-season training. I love watching young men come into the program and grow, mature and become leaders. To me, one of the best parts about coaching is trying to find out what motivates and drives each player. Some are self-starters and some need encouragement. Some need a hug and some need a push in the right direction.

What do you want the community to know about the Sylvan Hills High football program?

I want our football program to be one that the Sherwood community can take pride in. I want the players that go through our program to understand hard work, commitment, loyalty, how to lead, how to encourage and how to be tough (mentally and physically) when times are tough. If we can do this, then we have a successful football program.


Pulaski County Special School District spans more than 600 square miles in central Arkansas and requires highly skilled and passionate personnel to adapt educational policies and personalization to 25 schools. Every school is accredited by the Arkansas State Board of Education. PCSSD has served schools across Pulaski County since July 1927.

PCSSD is committed to creating a nationally recognized school district that assures all students achieve at their maximum potential through collaborative, supportive and continuous efforts of all stakeholders.


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