Midway football coach Larry Burchett has received plenty of awards and accolades during his years guiding the Vikings.
He recently had another bestowed on him by his peers.
Burchett was honored with the Pete Adkins Power of Influence Award, which is given by the Missouri High School Football Coaches Association.
Burchett received the award at the MFCA’s annual banquet Dec. 1 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort on the Lake of the Ozarks.
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Named for legendary Jefferson City coach Pete Adkins, the award honors coaches “who have an established record of positively influencing those in his program and his community,” according to the MFCA.
Past recipients include Bob Shore, who won 269 games and four state championships during 29 years at Camdenton, and John Roderique, who has won 11 state titles in 21 seasons at Webb City.
“It’s a big honor,” Burchett said. “It puts you on a list with some big guys that have been coaching for a long time.”
Burchett completed his 30th season at Midway last fall and is 241-98 over that span. He’s led the Vikings to 15 district titles, eight Western Missouri Conference championships and the Class 1A state championship in 1996.
He was a part of all six of Midway’s state titles as either as a player, an assistant or a head coach.
“It’s an honor not only for the coach but it’s an honor for the program,” Burchett said. “For a long period of time it’s been a very successful program and we’ve been able to keep it going. It’s a testament not only to the success we’ve had, but the success Midway football’s had.”