“This award is a great honor for Phil,” Andreas continued, “and I am very pleased for him personally and for The Salem News.”
The coaches singled out the outstanding work Stacey has helped lead in The Salem News’ summer series counting down the top coaches and quarterbacks in modern North Shore history in recent years.
“We felt that’s gone a long way to helping promote the games and getting people pumped up about the season and excited to attend games. We really appreciate that,” Pugh said.
Under Stacey’s stewardship, the News has been a fixture at North Shore football games, regardless of the type of season a team is having. If a school is local, it always has a place in the newspaper.
“He’s not just about the top players and the top teams,” Pugh said. “No matter what your record is, the News is always supportive and promoting your players. Phil’s a family man and someone loyal to the North Shore.”
Stacey, who co-hosts “North Shore Sports Desk” on North Shore 104.9 FM Saturday mornings, lives in Rockport with his wife Harmony and three children.
“Phil does things the right way,” Pugh added. “It’s never about him; it’s about promoting high school athletes in a positive way. The football coaches have always appreciated that.”