Northern Virginia Magazine’s “Best of NoVA 2014” issue is set to hit newsstands.
For the fourth year in a row, that poll — voted on by readers of the magazine — has a “best professional coach” category.
This year’s winner was Adam Oates, a man who was fired in April.
It’s a funny thing, but that kind of fits into the award’s wretched history. Let’s review.
2013: Northern Virginia Magazine voters handed the award to Davey Johnson. “Johnson has made a home in Washington D.C., repeating his success with the Washington Nationals last year to the 2012 National League Division Series,” the Magazine explained. In the year of his win, Johnson’s World Series favorite-Nats missed the playoffs, and Johnson retired.
2012: Northern Virginia Magazine voters handed the award to Dale Hunter. “The Washington Capitals are the Metro-D.C. area’s only perennial contenders lately. So, it’s no surprise the Caps’ helmsman, Hunter, is our best professional coach,” the Magazine explained. Alas, Hunter had already taken his whistle and gone home by the time the poll was published. “His leaving is due to wanting to spend more time with his family, something we can’t complain about,” the Magazine wrote.
2011: Northern Virginia Magazine voters handed the award to Bruce Boudreau: “Four straight playoff appearances just don’t happen. They are the result of constant hard work and motivation,” the Magazine explained. Before 2011 was over, Boudreau had been fired.
That means Oates will be the fourth straight Best of NoVABest Local Professional Coach not to have finished out the calendar year in which he won. Jay Gruden better start stuffing the ballot with Ben Olsen tallies.
(Oates also won City Paper’s 2014 Best Of award for best local coach.)