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» Gail Nicholas, coach at Bob Jones Academy (second from left)South Carolina Diamond Coaches

School instructors also receive points, which are dependent upon their students’ performances. The instructor receives one-tenth of a point for each point received by one of the instructor’s students. The better the team, the better recognition of the instructor.

Each student who accumulates 25 points (10 of which must be earned in interscholastic high school competition) earns individual NFL membership, referred to as the Degree of Merit. Coaches also earn individual membership upon accumulation of 25 points, based upon recording one-tenth of student points (275 student points = 27.5 coach points). As a coach achieves a milestone, he or she is awarded a new degree — a Diamond Award. Coaches follow exactly the same degree as students; however, an instructor receives a Diamond after accumulating point totals of 1,500, 3,000 and every 3,000 points thereafter. 

A coach may earn her/his first diamond only after five full years have passed from that coach's merit date; five years must pass between the award date for each Diamond.

Each time a student or a coach achieves a new point threshold, he or she adds a new degree to his or her membership record. The national office sends notifications of new degrees earned, along with the corresponding seals, for coaches to place on students’ certificates. Each seal is affixed to the certificate by placing it over the previous seal, but slightly to the right, so that one-quarter inch of the previous seal remains exposed.

A chapter’s total degrees determines number of entries it is allotted for the district tournament, as well as votes in NFL district committee and national board elections.

First Diamond

  • Jeff Schmauch (2041) — Riverside
  • Erickson Bynum (2011) - Southside
  • Chester Palmer (2011) — Barnwell
  • Greg Cook (2007) — Riverside
  • Angela Billings (2005) — TL Hanna
  • Kim Bentley (2002) — Greer (deceased Aug. 13, 2002)
  • Annellen Hughes (2002) — Southside
  • Bill Evans (2001) — Hillcrest
  • Donna Miller (1997) — Christ Church
  • Kathy Sutusky (1996) — Dreher
  • Truman Humbert (1995) - Southside
  • Debra Barron (1994) - Mauldin
  • Rick Mascaro (1993) - Westside
  • Sue Chanson (1992) - Porter Gaud
  • Joe Siren (1992) - Allendale-Fairfax
  • Ruth McAllister (1990) - Riverside
  • Gail Nicholas (1990) - Bob Jones Academy
  • Chuck Nicholas (1990) - Bob Jones Academy
  • Richard Goldie (1987) — Lexington
  • Gladys Robertson (1988) - Mauldin

Second Diamond

  • Greg Cook (2012) - Riverside
  • Marie Lawson (2009) — Waccamaw
  • Annellen Hughes (2007) — Hillcrest
  • Bill Evans (2006) — Hillcrest
  • Truman Humbert (2002) — Estill
  • Debra Barron (1999) - Mauldin
  • Joe Siren (1997) — Allendale-Fairfax
  • Gail Nicholas (1995) — Bob Jones Academy
  • Chuck Nicholas (1995) - Bob Jones Academy
  • Ruth McAllister (1995) - Riverside
  • Gladys Robertson (1993) - TL Hanna

Third Diamond 

  • Bill Evans (2011) — Hillcrest
  • Truman Humbert (2007) — Carolina
  • Gail Nicholas (2004) — Bob Jones Academy
  • Chuck Nicholas (2001) — Bob Jones Academy
  • Ruth McAllister (2000) —  Riverside
  • Gladys Robertson (1998) — TL Hanna

Fourth Diamond

  • Gail Nicholas (2011) — Bob Jones Academy
  • Gail Nicholas — (2011) Recipient of the Ralph E. Cary Award for Distinguished Career Service
  • Chuck Nicholas (2007) — Bob Jones Academy
  • Ruth McAllister (2005) — Riverside

Fifth Diamond

  • Chuck Nicholas (2014) —  Bob Jones Academy
  • Ruth McAllister (2010) - Riverside

Donus Roberts Quad Ruby

  • Erickson Bynum (2007) — Southside
  • Holly Hollifield (2006) — Dorman
  • Kerry Cottingham (2006) — Mauldin