On Thursday, the National Forensic League, a speech and debate honor society, named Justin Weaver as its newest diamond coach.
Weaver, a teacher and speech and debate coach at Coral Springs High School, was selected for his professional career that "combines excellence and longevity," according to an announcement issued by the organization.
'He is a great guy," said the mother of one of Weaver's former students. "He's one of those mentoring-type of teachers you will remember for a lifetime."
Diamond coaches are determined through a point system that is based on the points earned by students on his or her team. A coach must be a member of the league for five years and attain a minimum of 1,500 points to be awarded a “first diamond.”
Coaches can then earn higher-level diamond awards every five years, if a specific number of points are earned.
On June 30, 2013, Weaver will receive special recognition at the Lincoln Financial Group/National Forensic League National Speech & Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama.
The tournament is expected to draw over 5,000 students, coaches and parents from across the nation.