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NHSCA Announces the 2014 Coach of the Year Honorees

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the 2014 National High School Coach of the Year Awards.

This is the 15th year straight year the NHSCA has honored these achievers in the high school coaching community nationwide. This year’s recipients, selected in a total of 20 boys and girls sports, are from 16 different states. California leads the way with three coaches being honored, followed by Michigan and New Jersey with two each and 13 states claiming one honoree each.

While these coaches represent a multitude of different backgrounds, they exhibit a common theme: a strong dedication to supporting and developing high school student-athletes.

“This announcement is always a lot of fun for me,” said NHSCA Executive Director Bob Ferraro, Jr. “The coaches we are honoring today are outstanding examples for successful high school coaches in their sports. They place a high value on the teamwork skills their players learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring them.”

Each one of the honorees will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA will be building in the near future.

Following are the NHSCA’s selections as the 2014 National High School Coaches of the Year, along with a list of past winners.

2104 NHSCA National Baseball Coach of the Year

Ken Frank
Toms River South High School - Toms River, New Jersey

This past season Ken Frank became the first high school baseball coach in New Jersey to pass the 800 win milestone. Frank, who took over the reigns of the Toms River South baseball program in 1978, finished the 2014 season with a career record of 806-262-3 in 36 seasons. Ken’s brother Bill Frank (502-279-2), resigned at the end of the current school year after coaching in the same New Jersey community at Toms River East High School. Together, the Frank brothers have won a combined 1308 high school baseball games. Current Cincinnati Red Todd Frazier is Ken Frank’s most famous alum.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Baseball Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Phil Clark – Bartlett High School, Bartlett, Tennessee
2012 – Gene Schultz – Kee HS, Iowa
2011 – Tom O’Connell – Catholic Central HS, Wisconsin
2010 - Jerry Dawson – Chaparral HS, Arizona
2009 – Guy Anderson – Cordova HS, California
2008 – Jerry Boatner – West Lauderdale HS, Florida
2007 – Ron Eastman – The Woodlands, Texas
2006 – Scott Salow – Homer HS, Michigan
2005 – Stan McKeever – La Cueva HS, New Mexico
2004 – Jeff Griffith – Cactus HS, Arizona
2003 – Jim Danley – Eaton HS, Colorado
2002 – John Lowery – Jefferson HS, West Virginia
2001 – Rich Hofman – Westminster Academy, Florida
2000 – Sam Blalock – Rancho Bernardo, California


2104 NHSCA National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year

Gary McKnight 

Mater Dei High School - Santa Ana, California

Coach McKnight, who has a .921 winning percentage in 32 seasons as the head coach at Mater Dei, led the Monarchs to their fourth straight California state championship this past season. McKnight led Mater Dei to a perfect 35-0 record during the 2013-14 season, and now owns 995 overall victories, which puts him 13th on the all-time wins list, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. McKnight’s teams have won 31 league titles, 22 Southern Section titles and 11 overall state titles. Each of his last ten teams have won 30 games or more.

Past winners of NHSCA National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Tony Harper – Montwood HS, Texas
2012 – Douglas Lipscomb – Wheeler HS, Georgia
2011 – Vito Montelli – St. Joseph HS, Connecticut
2010 - Harvey Kitani – Fairfax HS, California
2009 - Jack Curran – Archbishop Molloy, New York
2008 – Dick Katte – Denver Christian HS, Colorado
2007 – Bob Hurley, Sr. – St. Anthony HS, New Jersey
2006 – Jack Keefer, Lawrence North HS, Indiana
2005 – Robert Hughes, Dunbar HS, Texas
2004 – Charles Smith, Peabody Magnet HS, Louisiana
2003 – Dave Garvin, Philomath HS, Oregon
2002 – Jack Butcher, Loogootee HS, Indiana
2001 – Bob Williams, Schaumburg HS, Illinois
2000 – Russell Otis, Dominguez HS, California


2014 NHSCA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year

Mike Kopp

Allentown Central Catholic High School - Allentown, PA

Coach Kopp became the first girls’ basketball coach in Pennsylvania history to top the 900-win plateau this past season. Kopp, who has led the Vikettes to five Pennsylvania state championships in 34 years at the school, led the school to a 23-5 record this past season. Kopp now owns 917 lifetime victories with an overall record of 843-190 at Allentown Central Catholic. Under Kopp, Allentown Central Catholic has reached the PIAA state tournament 29 times.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Miner Webster, Highland HS, Arizona
2012 – David Schlabach – Hiland HS, Ohio
2011 – Kevin Kiernan – Mater Dei HS, California
2010 - Cathy Self-Morgan – Duncanville HS – Texas
2009 – Brian Harrigan – Sacred Heart Cathedral HS, California
2008 - Dorothy Gaters – John Marshall HS, Illinois
2007 - Leta Andrews – Granbury HS, Texas
2006 - Bob Mackey – Christ the King HS, New York
2005 - Brad Smith – Oregon City HS, Oregon
2004 – Ed Grezinsky – Murry Bergtraum HS, New York
2003 – Joe Lombard – Canyon HS, Texas
2002 – Dave Houle – Mountain View HS, Utah
2001 – James Anderson – Narbonne HS, California
2000 – Gerald Whaley – William Mason HS, Ohio


2014 NHSCA National Boys’ Cross County Coach of the Year

Mark Wieczorek
Gig Harbor High School - Gig Harbor, Washington

Mark Wieczorek led the Gig Harbor Tides to the Nike Cross Nationals title in the most contested championship in United States history in 2013. Gig Harbor defeated eventual Indoor National Champion Christian Brothers Academy of New Jersey and eventual Postal National Champion Brentwood High School from Tennessee for the national championship at the NXN in 2013. Wieczorek, who never competed in cross country in high school, took over the Gig Harbor program in 2011 and has built it into a national power in three short years. Wieczorek, who took-up competitive running while at Nazarene University, an NAIA school, ran for Team USA in the 4X800 World Relays in May 2014.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Jeff Morris – Perham High School, Perham, Minnesota
2012 – Laurens TenKate – Calvin Christian HS, Michigan
2011 – Adam Kedge – Albuquerque Academy, New Mexico
2010 – Walt Lang – Jesuit HS, California
2009 – Mike Holman – Lawrence Central, Indiana
2008 – Van Rose – Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Kansas
2007 – Bill Greiten – Gillett HS, Wisconsin
2006 – Rick Baker – Hopi HS, Arizona
2005 – Davis Eidahl – Perkin HS, Iowa
2004 – Dan Green – The Woodlands, Texas
2003 – Joe Newton – York Community HS, Illinois
2002 – Rich Trenoze – Bayonne HS, New Jersey
2001 – Don Behnke – Stevens Point HS, Wisconsin
2000 – Joe Newton – York HS, Illinois


2014 NHSCA National Girls’ Cross County Coach of the Year Award

Dave Emmans

Wayzata High School - Plymouth, Minnesota

Dave Emmans was the leader of the Wayzata girls’ cross country team that dethroned seven-time defending national champions Fayetteville Manlius High School from New York. Wayzata, which called itself “Team of Steel” while posing in Superman t-shirts last season, claimed the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) National Championship in 2013. Wayzata defeated Fayetteville Manlius 108-120 to cap a perfect season at the NXN. Emmans, who has led Wayzata to back-to-back Minnesota 2A state championships, has been the program’s head coach for 22 years.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Jeff Devantier – Birmingham Seaholm High School, Michigan
2012 – Patrick Castagno – The Tatnall School, Delaware
2011 – Jim Tracy – University HS, California
2010 – Darrell Burmeister – Nodaway Valley HS - Iowa
2009 – Catherine Lempesis – Dutch Fork HS, South Carolina
2008 - Jerry Popp – Willmar HS, Minnesota
2007 – Robert Ondrasek, Southlake Carroll HS, Texas
2006 – Mark Logan -RHAM Regional, Connecticut
2005 – Mike Woolsey – Lumen Christi HS, Michigan
2004 – Art & Linda Kranick – Saratoga Springs HS, New York
2003 – Michael Bauer – Regis HS, Oregon
2002 - Jeff Arbogast – Bingham HS, Utah
2001 – George Varvas – Woodbridge HS, California
2000 – Steve Telaneus – Marcus HS, Texas


2014 NHSCA National Field Hockey Coach of the Year

Tara Worley

Lakeland High School - Suffolk, Virginia

Coach Worley, who retired at the end of the 2013 season, built Lakeland High School field hockey program into one of the best in the State of Virginia during her 15-years as head coach of the Lady Cavaliers. Worley’s lifetime record stands at 250-46-3 with her 2010 squad winning Virginia’s Class AAA state title. In addition to the 2010 state title, Worley coached her girls to two regional championships, 13 regular season Southeastern District titles, 12 district titles and one conference championship.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year Award

2013- Eileen Donahue – Watertown HS, Massachusetts
2012 – Lillian “Lil” Shelton – Severna Park HS, Maryland
2011 – Wendy Wilson – Tabb HS, Virginia
2010 – Danyle Heilig – Eastern Regional HS, New Jersey
2009 – Karen Klassner – Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania
2008 - Robin Chandler – The Hotchkiss School, Connecticut
2007 - Sue Butz-Stavin – Emmaus HS – Pennsylvania
2006 - Diane Chapman – Garden City HS – New York
2005 – Amy Longley – Hathaway Brown School, Ohio
2004 – Paul Doughty – Skowhegan HS, Maine
2003 – Debby Watson – Villa Duchesne HS, Missouri
2002 - Diana Walker – Sanford HS, Maine
2001 – Bob Derr – Lititz HS, Pennsylvania
2000 - Linda Nixon – Springfield Twp. HS, Pennsylvania


2014 NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year Award

Tom Westerberg

Allen High School - Allen, Texas

Coach Westerberg led the Allen Eagles to the school’s second straight Texas Class 5A, Division I title in 2013. In 10 years as the leader of the Eagles, Westerberg’s teams have won three state titles in Texas’ biggest classification. Allen’s overall record under Westerberg is 118-16 with eight of his ten seasons as head coach ending with at least ten victories. By finishing a perfect 16-0 in 2013, Allen will bring a 27-game win streak into the 2014 season. With the return of several key players including all-state quarterback Kyler Murray, the Allen Eagles are expected to challenge for a third straight state title.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year Award

2013- Tom Westerberg, Allen HS, Texas
2012 – Chuck Lenahan – Plymouth HS, New Hampshire
2011 – George Smith – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Florida
2010 – Jeremy Williams – Greenville HS, Georgia
2009 – John McKissick – Summerville HS , South Carolina
2008 – James Drewry – Booneville HS, Mississippi
2007 – Gary Rankin – Alcoa HS, Tennessee
2006 – Randy Allen – Highland Park HS, Texas
2005 – Charles “Corky” Roger – The Bolles School, Florida
2004 – Bob Ladouceur – De La Salle HS, California
2003 – Chris Jones – Heritage HS, Virginia
2002 – Alan Trimble – Jenks HS , Oklahoma
2001 – Bob Ladouceur – De La Salle HS, California
2000 – Mike Pettine, Sr. – Central Bucks West, Pennsylvania


2014 NHSCA National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year

George Bitner

Spring Lake High School - Spring Lake, Michigan

This past school year saw George Bitner coach his 50th year of high school golf. Bitner, who is 77 years old and showing no signs of wanting to retire, started the Spring Lake boys’ golf team in 1969 and the girls program in 1980. Along the way, he has coached both teams to over 1,000 victories. During an interview in the spring, Bitner figured that he had been behind the wheel of the school van for about 115,000 miles. In that same interview, he said he still has about five years left in him and the 2014 girls’ team is expected to challenge for a state team title after finishing third in Michigan’s Division 3 finals last year.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Jim Jacobsen – Bergen Catholic HS, New Jersey
2012 – Jeff Doherty – Edmond North HS, Oklahoma
2011 – Larry Ries – Hunterdon Central HS, New Jersey
2010 – Darrell Berglund - Hazen HS, North Dakota
2009 – Jim Bennett - Grosse Ile HS, Michigan
2008 - Richard Gaard - Decorah HS, Iowa
2007 – Terry Nelson - Whitefish HS, Montana
2006 – Marty Donlon - St. Xavier HS, Kentucky
2005 – Rob Prentiss - St. Charles North HS, Illinois
2004 – Bill Roller – Jenks HS, Oklahoma
2003 – Mark Kedy – Ada HS, Oklahoma
2002 – Mike Ellis - Canlais HS, Maine
2001 – David Hutton - Grandville HS, Michigan
2000 – Wayne Everett – Kingston HS, Tennessee


2014 NHSCA National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year

Dave Gianferante

Notre Dame Academy - Hingham, Massachusetts

Dave Gianferante’s Notre Dame Academy team won the 2014 Massachusetts team title, which was its 12 in the last 13 years. Prior to finishing fourth during the 2013 season, Gianferante’s teams had won 11 straight state titles while going 212-6 in team play that included 10 undefeated season and a 188-match win streak, which is the longest ever in high school girls’ golf. Gianferante is listed third by the National Federation of High School Association’s all-time girls’ golf wins list with a record of 241-11.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Jodi Schoeck – Barrington HS, Illinois
2012 – Karen Gravley – Allen HS, Texas
2011 – Ryan Best – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Kansas
2010 – Kathy Berglund - Hazen HS, North Dakota
2009 – Ken Van Den Boom – Caledonia HS, Minnesota
2008 – Carol Fromuth – St. Joseph’s Academy, Missouri
2007 – Dr. H. King Oehmig – The Baylor School, Tennessee
2006 – Jim Garrett – Penn HS, Indiana
2005 – Sister Lynn Winsor – Xavier College Prep, Arizona
2004 – Grayson Fitzhugh – Mount Notre Dame, Ohio
2003 – Mary Flande – Sisters HS, Oregon
2002 - Dewey Stendahl – Middleton HS, Wisconsin
2001 – Sharon Most – Martinsville HS, Indiana
2000 – Donna Pierce – Highland Park HS, Texas


2014 NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year

Greg Vitello
De Smet High School - St. Louis, Missouri

Greg Vitello outlasted eight United States’ presidents while coaching 46-years at De Smet Jesuit High School. During those four-plus decades, Vitello coached boys’ soccer, baseball, football, swimming and track & field. Vitello retires third on America’s all-time boys’ soccer wins list with 763 victories. His career record is 763-296-135 in soccer. Five of his players played on the U.S. National Soccer Teams. In baseball, he coached two future MLB players – 2003 American League batting champ Bill Mueller and Bob Keppel. Vitello retired at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Paul Rose – Jesuit HS, California
2012 – Andy Schulten – St. Xavier HS, Kentucky
2011 – Jerry Little – North Central HS, Indiana
2010 – Chuck Scanlon – Apple Valley HS, Minnesota
2009 – Craig Ewing – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Kansas
2008 – John Kissner – Walsh Jesuit HS, Ohio
2007 – Gary Montalto – Arlington HS, New York
2006 - Dave Pinkham – Gilford HS, New Hampshire
2005 – William Stara – River Hill HS, Maryland
2004 – Charlie Martel – St. Louis University HS, Missouri
2003 – Donald Gregg – Severna HS, Maryland
2002 – Shawn Brower – Orangewood Christian School, Florida
2001 – Bruno Schwarz – North Allegheny HS, Pennsylvania
2000 – John Stockton – Mountain View HS, Utah


2014 National Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year

Paul Heenehan
Ramapo High School - Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

America’s winningest girls’ high school soccer coach, Paul Heenehan and his Ramapo girls’ soccer team finished runner-up in New Jersey’s Group 3 classification in 2013. In 30 years at the helm, Heenehan has led the school to 12 state championships and one national championship while amassing a record of 691 wins. With a lifetime record of 691-81-23, Heenehan will have a chance next year to become the first girls’ soccer coach in America to win 700 games.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Vince Drake – Trinity Catholic HS, Missouri
2012 – Clare Collins – Broad Run HS, Virginia
2011 – Hank Tenney – Rivendell Academy, New Hampshire
2010 – Troy Tokarchik – Bishop Kelly HS, Oklahoma
2009 – Julie Bergstrom – Waubonsie HS, Illinois
2008 – Steve Racine – Kinnelon HS, New Jersey
2007 – Carlos Giron – St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida
2006 – Laura Rountree – M. Stoneman Douglas HS, Florida
2005 – Rusty Taylor – University HS, California
2004 – Jim Burnside – New Trier HS, Illinois
2003 – Douglas Freeman – Marlborough HS, Massachusetts
2002 – Maureen McVey – St. Joseph’s Academy, Missouri
2001 – Fred Dixon – Carmel HS, Indiana
2000 – James Gardner – Cheyenne East HS, Wyoming


2014 NHSCA National Softball Coach of the Year

Monte Sherrill
Alexander Central High School - Taylorsville, North Carolina

Monte Sherrill, who won his 700th career game in 2013, has made a habit out of winning. This past year Sherrill led Alexander Central to its second straight North Carolina Class 4-A state title while running its win streak to 67 straight. Counting his time at Central Cabarrus High School in the 90’s, Sherrill’s teams own a record of 724-59 for a winning percentage of .925.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Softball Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Robert Earl Radford – Northern HS, Maryland
2012 – Mark Schusterman – Gulliver Prep, Florida
2011 – Debbie Holcombe - Byrnes HS, South Carolina
2010 - Robert Iamurri - Naples HS, Florida
2009 – Larry Niemeyer - Jefferson HS, Iowa
2008 – Wally Hausdorf - William Cullen HS, New York
2007 – Tony Scarbrough - Baker HS, Alabama
2006 – Jeff Griffith - Cactus HS, Arizona
2005 – James McClanahan - Fort Bend Elkins HS, Texas
2004 – Sammy Dunn -Vestavia Hills HS, Alabama
2003 – Glen Rutenbar - Bartow HS, Florida
2002 – Gary Adams - Crescent HS, South Carolina
2001 – Dwayne Ross – Weatherford HS, Texas
2000 – Shelly Bollin - Brazoswood HS, Texas


2014 NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year

Joe Pereira
Skyline High School - Salt Lake City, Utah

The 2013-14 swim season say Joe Pereira add to his impress coaching resume by leading Skyline boys’ and girls’ swim teams to Utah Class 4A state titles. In all, since taking over at Skyline in 2005, Pereira’s boys teams have won four state crowns, while this year’s girls’ title was the seventh overall and third in a row. Prior to coming to the Skyline school, Pereira was the head coach at Cyprus High School where he led the boys’ team to two Utah state championships in 2000 and 2001.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Kevin Kinel – Chesterton HS, Indiana
2012 – Dave Hanson – Bishop Hendricken HS, Rhode Island
2011 – Art Downey – Edina HS, Minnesota
2010 – Mel Roberts – Tooele HS, Utah
2009 – Mike Torrey – Zeeland West HS, Michigan
2008 – Marty O’Toole – St. Xavier HS, Kentucky
2007 – John Turner – Jenks HS, Oklahoma
2006 – Brian Metheny – Sunnyslope HS, Arizona
2005 – Mark Onstott – New Trier HS, Illinios
2004 – Jim Brower – St. Xavier HS, Ohio
2003 – Virginia Weber – Moorestown HS, New Jersey
2002 – Dr. Rick Creed – Parkview HS, Georgia
2001 – Dave Coffman – St. Xavier HS, Ohio
2000 – Larry Shofe – The Bolles School, Florida


2014 NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Co-Coaches of the Year

Rich Blanc & Ron Blanc (Co-Head Coaches),
Santa Margarita Catholic High School - Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Coaching swimming is a family affair at Santa Margarita Catholic High School where Rich and Ron Blanc have shared the head coaching duties for more than a decade. The duo’s sister Renee Blanc is the girls’ JV head coach. Together Rich (17 years) and Ron (19 years) have built the Eagles’ swim programs into the one of the best in Southern California and therefore the country. This past year the girls’ team won its 15th straight Trinity League title along with the CIF-SS Division 1 title. The two have coached 41 All-Americans and 226 All-CIF swimmers.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Nick Frasersmith – Regis Jesuit, Colorado
2012 – Bruce Woodbury – New Trier HS, Illinois
2011 – Brian Gross – Charlotte Catholic HS, North Carolina
2010 – Marty Keating – Pittsford Central HS, New York
2009 – Kent Kirchner – The Woodlands, Texas
2008 – Pete Higgins – The Westminster Schools, Georgia
2007 – Jean Chard – Lafayette HS, Missouri
2006 – John Casadia – Vineland HS, New Jersey
2005 – Andy Pedersen – Hamilton Southeastern HS, Indiana
2004 – Jeff Poppell – The Bolles School, Florida
2003 – Denny Hill – Pioneer HS, Michigan
2002 – Tim Beerman – Ursuline Academy, Ohio
2001 – Ken Stopkotte – Carmel HS, Indiana
2000 – Sandy Martin – Providence HS, North Carolina


2014 NHSCA National Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year

Rusty Komori
Punahou School - Honolulu, Hawaii

When it comes to tennis in Hawaii, Rusty Komori has built a program that is second to none, including on the mainland. During the 2013-14 season, Komori led the Punahou boys’ and girls’ tennis teams to their 12th straight state titles with the boys winning their 21st straight overall under Komori. The Punahou boys have won 24 straight state titles, which is a national record. Overall, Punahou has won 46 boys’ state titles and 40 girls’ state titles.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Tony Splendore – Mt. Pleasant HS, Pennsylvania
2012 – Bill Kingston – Moorestown HS, New Jersey
2011 – Kelly Mulligan – Gulliver Prep, Florida
2010 – James Soloman – William Hall HS, Connecticut
2009 – Connie Jones – Greenwich HS, Connecticut
2008 – Preston Jackson, Jr. – Boys Latin School, Maryland
2007 – Tom Pullen – Pioneer HS, Michigan
2006 – Tim Mang – Corona del Mar HS, California
2005 – Don Barnes – Bishop O’Gorman HS, South Dakota
2004 – Tony Kamen – Naples HS, Florida
2003 – Bob Wood – University Liggett School, Michigan
2002 – Jerry Lacey – St. Mark’s School, Texas
2001 – Leo Scoda – Phoenixville HS, Pennsylvania
2000 – Gary Pilling – Walker HS, Alabama

2014 NHSCA National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year

Fr. Frank Kissel, Marist High School, Atlanta, Georgia

Father Frank Kissel has led Marist to be one of the best girls’ tennis programs in his 25-plus years as the program’s head coach. This past year, Father Kissel led the Lady War Eagle team to its fourth state title in five years. From 1995-2006, Kissel led his teams to 12 straight state titles, which ranks as the third longest consecutive title streak in America. This year state championship of Father Kissel’s 18th. His overall record stands at 508-69.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Vincent Romeo – The Miami Valley School, Ohio
2012 – Dick Villaflor – The Heritage Hall School, Oklahoma
2011 – Anita Murphy – Lewiston HS, Maine
2010 – Dave Steinbach – Brookfield Central HS, Wisconsin
2009 – Jeff Holman – Haddonfield Memorial, New Jersey
2008 – Ed Yarbrough – Jasper HS, Indiana
2007 – Steve Paulsen – Edina HS, Minnesota
2006 – Michael Kypriss – Dr. Michael Krop HS, Florida
2005 – Kristie Stevens – Catalina Foothills HS, Arizona
2004 – Emilio Gonzalez – Sunset HS, Florida
2003 – Anni Miller – Lakeridge HS, Oregon
2002 – Susan Stevens – Beverly Hills HS, California
2001 – Jo Cabana – Cardinal Gibbons HS, Florida
2000 – Steve Spivey – Needham Broughton HS, North Carolina


2014 NHSCA National Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year

Alex Armeteros
St. Thomas Aquinas - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Alex Armenteros has built both the boys’ and girls’ programs at St. Thomas Aquinas into national powers. In 2013-14, both squads won their respective Florida Class 3A/4A state championships. This year’s boys’ title was the fourth in the last five years for the Raiders.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Robert Steele – North Rowan HS, North Carolina
2012 – Woody Barnett – Pearl HS, Mississippi
2011 – Robbie Robinson – Mountain View HS, Arizona
2010 – Pete Boudreaux – Catholic HS, Louisiana
2009 – Dennis McNulty – Warren Central HS, Indiana
2008 – Warren Mitchell – Limon HS, Colorado
2007 – Joe Howell – Lisbon HS, North Dakota
2006 – Pat Galle – UMS Wright, Alabama
2005 – Don Carnahan – Russellville HS, Alabama
2004 – Chad Walker – Wheeler HS, Georgia
2003 – Rob Johnson – Clare HS, Michigan
2002 – Lindy Remigino – Hartford HS, Connecticut
2001 – Roger Mathiesen – Kearney HS, Nebraska
2000 – Chuck Koeppen – Carmel HS, Indiana


2014 NHSCA National Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year

Don Norford
Long Beach Poly - Long Beach, California

Don Norford, who has been the head track and field coach at Long Beach Poly since 1976, went into retirement as a champion. Norford finished his coaching career leading the Poly Lady Jackrabbits to the school’s 14th California state title overall, and sixth in the last seven years. Norford, who also coached the boys, won five overall boys’ CIF championships, giving him 19 overall California state championships. Norford has also been an assistant coach of the powerful Long Beach Poly football team where he coached 45 former and current NFL players.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year Award

2013 – June Villers – DeSoto HS, Texas
2012 – David Turnbull – Summit HS, Oregon
2011 – Susan Curnias – William H. Hall HS, Connecticut
2010 – Jim Tate – St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Alabama
2009 – Bill Stamper – Oak Ridge HS, Florida
2008 – Bryan Westfield – Pioneer HS, Michigan
2007 – James Holdren – Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Virginia
2006 – Ed Bowie – Central HS, Maryland
2005 – Dan Kulper – Valley Christian HS, Arizona
2004 – Leon McKenzie – Benson Polytechnic HS, Oregon
2003 – Bryan Westfield – Pioneer HS, Michigan
2002 – Ted Knudson – Northrop HS, Indiana
2001 – Neal Morris – T.W. Andrews HS, North Carolina
2000 – Larry Colbert – Eleanor Roosevelt HS, Maryland


2014 NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year

Rick Lorenz
Portland Central Catholic High - Portland, Oregon

Rick Lorenz is a Oregon Hall of Fame coach who has spent 39-years as a high school volleyball head coach, the last 27 as the leader of the Portland Central Catholic girls’ team. During that time, Lorenz has won over 1,100 matches. This past season, PCC finished runner-up in Oregon’s 6A classification. Portland Central Catholic under Lorenz won three straight state titles from 2009 to 2011. Overall, Lorenz has won five state titles at PCC, plus another five at cross-town rival St. Mary’s Academy.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Jack Magelssen – Denton Kellogg School, Michigan
2012 – Tom Turco – Barnstable HS, Massachusetts
2011 – Fred Rakers - Mater Dei HS, Illinois
2010 – Laurie LaRusso – Darien HS, Connecticut
2009 - Jan Stanley – West Henderson HS , North Carolina
2008 – Peg Kopec – St. Francis HS, Illinois
2007 – Steve Shondell - Burris Laboratory, Indiana
2006 – Louise Crocco – Cardinal Gibbons HS, Florida
2005 – Brenda LeBlanc – St. Joseph’s Academy, Louisiana
2004 – Lee Grisham – Wimberley HS, Texas
2003 – Arnie Meyer – Ursuline Academy, Ohio
2002 – Jan Barker – Amarillo HS, Texas
2001 – John Knuth – Marysville HS, Michigan
2000 – Larry Trupe – Torrey Pines, California


2014 NHSCA National Wrestling Coach of the Year

Dave Dean
Lowell High School - Lowell, Michigan

In nine years, Dave Dean built Lowell into a state and national wrestling power that produced numerous state champs and student-athletes that have been awarded Division I scholarships. Dean, who resigned after the 2013-14 season to become the head of the Olympic Development Program at Cornell University, led the Red Arrows to the Michigan state team championship this past season and a #16 national ranking. The team title was Lowell’s second, with the first coming in 2009. Lowell finished runner-up in 2007, 2012 and 2013. Coach Dean produced 12 individual state champs and 46 state placewinners. In addition to excellence on the mat, Dean’s teams were named academic all-state every year since 2007.

Past winners of the NHSCA National Wrestling Coach of the Year Award

2013 – Steve Tirapelle – Clovis HS (California)
2012 – Pat Simpson – Father Ryan (Tennessee)
2011 – Cliff Ramos – Collins Hill (Georgia)
2010 – Barry Chooljian – Timberlane (New Hampshire)
2009 – Jeff Sweigard – Central Dauphin (Pennsylvania)
2008 – Bill Jacoutot – Spencerport (New York)
2007 – Jerry Winterton – Cary (North Carolina)
2006 – Mike Polz – Carl Sandburg (Illinois)
2005 – Roy Hall – Davison (Michigan)
2004 – Terry Daubert – Northampton (Pennsylvania)
2003 – Jeff Jordan – St. Paris Graham (Ohio)
2002 – David East – Bakersfield (California); Jim Jackson – Apple Valley (Minnesota)
2001 – Dave Crowell – Wilson Borough (Pennsylvania); Jeff Jordan – Clarksville (Tennessee)
2000 – Russ Cozart – Brandon (Florida); Scott Legacy – Mount Anthony Union (Vermont); Herb Stinson – Aztec (New Mexico)
1999 – Lewie Benitz – Lincoln (Wisconsin); Keith Healy – Providence Catholic (Illinois); Tim Marzuola – Highlands Park (Texas); Dick Rhoades – Bald Eagle Area (Pennsylvania)
1998 – Jim Poston – Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee)


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