Cheatham County Director of Schools Dr. Cathy Beck has earned an A.F. Bridges Award as School System
Administrator of the Year in Athletic District 6. The awards recognize 63 individuals from across the state
that represent the best in high school athletics.
“Being recognized for one of these awards as a school or individual should be seen as one of the highest
honors in high school athletics in our state,” TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress said. “Those
who receive the awards truly reflect what high school athletics should be about, and that’s good
sportsmanship and good citizenship.”
Beck deflected the credit to the coaches and students at the area’s three high schools - Cheatham
County Central, Harpeth and Sycamore.
“While honored to receive this award, the real recognition should go to our coaches and student
athletes,” Beck said. “The level of success our sports programs achieved during the 2018-2019 school
year is truly remarkable. Due to the hard work, dedication and discipline of our coaches and students, all
three of our high schools experienced a record-setting year in sports. I am humbled and blessed to
receive this award on their behalf.”
The A.F. Bridges Awards are given in honor of the TSSAA’s first executive secretary. Mr. Bridges served
as executive secretary from 1946 until his retirement in 1972. Under his leadership, athletics in the state
of Tennessee reached a level of excellence and competence. Mr. Bridges was a person of high principles
who displayed firmness and fairness, as well as the ideals of ethics and integrity, as he and many other
school people established the foundation of the TSSAA.