North's Sphire selected to coach in U.S. Army game

WHARTON, N.J. -- North Gwinnett head football coach Bob Sphire was selected to be an assistant coach in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The East vs. West matchup will be televised on NBC at 1 p.m. and will feature the nation's top 90 high school football players.

"The assistance coaches in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl are all accomplished and respected coaches who exemplify leadership and teamwork qualities similar to Army Strong Soldiers," said John Myers, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Marketing and Research Group. "Only the strongest wear the Army colors and we are proud to honor all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl coaches and congratulate each of them on their selection."

Sphire has won 10 or more games in his seven seasons at North Gwinnett, which includes a state runner-up finish in 2007. He won a state championship as a head coach in Kentucky.

Sphire will coach alongside Tinity (Louisville, Ky.) Andrew Coverdale, Naples (Fla.) Bill Kramer, Eatern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) Dwayne Thomas, Carmel (Ind.) Kevin Wright, Liberty County (Paramus, N.J.) Kirk Warner and St. Josephs Prep (Philadelphia, Pa.) Gabe Infante. Trinity's (Louisville, Ky.) Bob Beatty will be the East head coach.