JV Basketball Head Coach: Tom Southall
Tom is currently a teacher in the Business Department at Cherokee Trail High School, with 26 years in the teaching profession. He has an extensive coaching background that covers a wide range of ages: youth, middle school, high school, adult, and masters athletes; and diverse physical abilities: traditional, Special Olympic, Paralympic, and Wound Warrior athletes.
Tom competed in football, basketball, and track at Steamboat Springs High and Colorado College and was presented the Freddie Steinmark Award in 1981 as the Colorado high school athlete of the year, and named the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame High School Athlete of the year in 1980-81. Tom is often mentioned among the best athletes from Colorado and was inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame in 1999, the Colorado College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009, and the National Federation of High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. Tom became a teacher and coach as a way to pay respect to the coaches and athletes he has been fortunate to work and compete with.
Tom is a Colorado native and grew up as the 7th child in a family of 5 girls and 3 boys. His parents, Herb and Gladys Southall, valued everyone’s contributions to the family and stressed the importance of respecting the differences of each member of the family. Tom is married to Shannon Southall and has two boys—Jordan, age 25, and Adam, age 20.