RENE Appel, the Dutchman who moulded Lee Lai-shan into a world-beating windsurfer, has ruled himself out of the running for Hong Kong's first Coach of the Year award in April. Appel, head windsurfing coach at the Hong Kong Sports Institute is one of several coaches eligible for a new coaching award scheme. Devised by the Hong Kong Coaching Committee, the scheme involves four categories of awards with Coach of the Year to be announced on April 17 at an elite coaching seminar. However, 30-year-old Appel, said the criteria being applied to the award should rule him out. ''Some sports are easier to coach well at international level than other sports so I don't think I should win it,'' said Appel, whose charge Lee is the Asian, European and world champion. ''As a coach, you are paid to do a job. But these awards are a good thing because it is important that the public recognises the efforts of coaches.'' There will be four Coach of the Year awards for coaches who have demonstrated the ability to improve the performances of athletes at international level in 1993. The four sections are senior awards for individual and team, and junior awards for individual and team. Community Coach Recognition awards will be presented to coaches who have made a special contribution to the development of athletes within a community. Coaches who guided an individual or team to third place or better at a major Asian or international event can vie for the Coaching excellence award. The fourth and final category is the Coach Education award, for the person who has made an outstanding contribution to coach education. A five-man sub-committee, headed by HKCC chairman Dennis Whitby, will select the winners. Said Whitby: ''More than 2,000 organisations will be eligible. There will be no cash prizes for the first awards, but the idea was to get the programme off the ground and recognise the coaches. ''In the future, we will be hoping to provide cash awards.'' He said the selection panel will consist of people who realise the essential qualities of coaches that goes beyond just attaining results.