He was my 9th grade Honors English teacher! And he was an excellent teacher, too--I didn't fully appreciate it then (although I was dimly aware in a teenage kind of way), but having had some great and horrible Lit teachers throughout my high school and college years, I will attest to him being among the best. Even though he's a huge Hemingway fan. We can't all be perfect. :o)
Anyway, I thought this was neat--he's an author now and I can imagine that he is deserving of the multiple awards he's received. He even has a wikipedia entry. Go, Coach!
HT: My sister, who also had him for 9th grade Honors English.