Troy Skinner is the embodiment of a leader on the athletic field.
The Bishop Diego junior is a three-sport standout. He is a wide receiver and defensive back on the football team, plays goalkeeper on the soccer team and is the setter for the volleyball team.
“If you look at the positions he plays, the proverbial coach-on-the-field saying applies to Troy and his athletic talent,” said Bishop football coach Tom Crawford.
Skinner on Monday was honored as this month’s winner of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe.
Skinner is the second member of his family to earn the award. His older brother, Aaron, received it a few years ago.
All three of Troy’s coaches: Ivan Becerra (soccer), Jason Donnelly (volleyball) and Crawford agree that he possesses a great work ethic and leadership on and off the athletic field.
“He’s a high-character person on the field and in the classroom,” commented Donnelly in a statement read by award presenter and Hall of Fame board member Bob Archer.
“He’s a natural leader no matter what sport he’s playing,” said Crawford.
In accepting the award, Troy thanked Phil Womble, his parents, Aaron and Denise Skinner, and all of his coaches at Bishop Diego.