Sport Clips Haircuts makes the call to host first online National Huddle awards

Events offered newfound access for all team members to participate


Sport Clips Experience The Difference National Huddle Logo

When the going gets tough and a pandemic forces a shutdown of more than 1,850 stores as well as the cancellation of your franchise’s annual meeting, if you’re Sport Clips Haircuts -- you get going. Traditionally the brand brings together team members from across the United States and Canada for a National Huddle filled with business updates, training, education, celebration, and awards. This year the event was scheduled to be held this spring in San Antonio but was forced to cancel. Not only was the Huddle canceled, but all stores across the system closed to meet state and local COVID-19 mandates.


"Even in tough times with locations temporarily closing and thousands of stylists and team members furloughed, spirits and confidence in the Sport Clips system we’ve built together is still going strong. So, for the first time we made the call to honor successes of individuals and stores over the previous year through ‘live’ virtual awards recognition," says Edward Logan, Sport Clips CEO. "Our support center teams and franchisee-involved task forces have worked diligently to keep stylists engaged through online training and outreach, franchisees’ businesses well-supported, and mindfully plan re-openings. As closures began to be lifted, timing was right to celebrate the growth and energy Sport Clips experienced in 2019 and early 2020 with acknowledgments and awards.


“One of the best outcomes of hosting online was the newfound access for all team members and their families to experience the honors in real-time. The Huddle is usually attended by 3,500 team members, so the remaining thousands of stylists back home learn of the awards after-the-fact. The positive response to hosting it online will likely develop into simulcasting the Huddle awards in the future, opening the event up to the entire system.”


Sport Clips awards presentations took place over several weeks with the top awards being presented to the following individuals and stores:


Area Developer of the Year John Kohler (Chicago, IL)

Area Managers of the Year (3-way tie)

  • Candy Baldwin – (Lubbock, TX)
  • Rose Green – (Georgetown, TX)
  • Tessa Lee – (Chandler, AZ)


Manager of the Year (three-way tie)


LeyLoni Hopewell – (Papillion, NE)

Her nomination says she exemplifies the Heart of a Champion by always putting her team first. She’s involved with putting together back-to-school goody bags for kids when they come in and helps celebrate teacher appreciation day. We are near a military base, so we always make sure the military are well taken care of. Some military families even come in to say their goodbyes if they get deployed elsewhere.

Rosalie Powell – (Asheville, NC)

Her nomination notes she always puts everyone’s needs before her own. She is caring and compassionate. She is a hard worker and an amazing teacher. She treats everyone with the same amount of respect, is loyal and keeps her word. She is more than a manager; she is a leader and friend to all.


Melisa Wines – (Mesa, AZ)

The nomination for Melisa says she goes above and beyond when caring about her Sport Clips family. She creates a Championship Team Member Experience because of her development focus and her genuine appreciation for her team.  She cares about each Team Member reaching their goals and achieving career bests. 


Coach of the Year – Chris Cash (Cullman, AL)


Team Leaders of the Year – Wayne Freeman & Quentin Hurst – (Olathe, KS)


Logan Trophy (the system’s highest award) – Dan & Angie Roberts – (Omaha, NE)