President and head coach of the highly successful Racers Track Club, Glen Mills, will be the honouree at the inaugural CB Group/UWI 5K Walk/Run.
Mills is the force behind sprint legend Usain Bolt, 100-metre World champion Yohan Blake and a host of young talent.
Professor Gordon Shirley, principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, announced the honour yesterday during the event's launch.
"We want to say a very special congratulations to Glen for all he has done and we are pleased that he has agreed to accept this award," said Shirley. Various dignitaries were full of praise for Mills, including Opposition Leader Andrew Holness and Olympian Grace Jackson.
"In Glen Mills, we have a national resource. I don't know how we are going to bottle what you have," said Holness. "But I would encourage the research departments ... to put some effort into seeing what are the factors that go in to make a coach. I certainly believe that your humility will be one of them."
Jackson, sports development director at UWI, said she worked with Mills during her career and opined that there is "something that Glen does to the psyche of his athletes".
In his usual relaxed manner, Mills accepted the award humbly.
"It's always a great feeling to be recognised in your work. It's good to know you're appreciated by your fellow Jamaicans," he said.