NHSCA Proudly Announces the 2016 Coaches of the Year
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Posted by: Mattie Potter
The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) is proud to announce the winners for its 2016 National High School Coach of the Year Awards.
This is the 17th 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 15 different states. Florida led the way with three Coach of the Year Honorees. Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania had two coaches each being honored.
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 CEO Bob Ferraro, Jr. “The coaches we are honoring today are outstanding examples for successful high school coaches in their sport. 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 all of 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 2016 National High School Coaches of the Year, along with a list of past winners.
2016 NHSCA National Baseball Coach of the Year
Rich Bielski – Archbishop McCarthy High School, Southwest Ranches, Florida
This past season, Bielski led his team to its sixth Florida high school state title in seven years. McCarthy (29-2) became the first team to win as many championships in such a short span. McCarthy is one of four South Florida teams to win six or more state titles all-time. This is Bielski’s 8th overall state championship as he won two previously as the head coach of Hialeah High School. He is now 2 championships behind the state record holder. Bielski has an impressive lifetime record is 436-118.
2106 NHSCA National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year
Sharman White - Miller Grove High School, Lithonia, Georgia
This past season, Coach White led Miller Grove to its seventh Georgia state basketball championship in eight years with a 30-2 season record. In the past decade at Miller Grove, White complied an overall record of 264-47. Throughout his tenure as a coach, he amassed a record of 372-90. White, who in 2014 was named the USA TODAY All-USA Coach of the Year, was recently named as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team that will compete in the FIBA World Championship. He won two gold medals with USA Basketball in the past (U16 and U17). He was recently named the new assistant coach at Georgia State University.
2016 NHSCA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year
Antwain Scales – Wichita South High School, Wichita, Kansas
The Wichita South Titans won their fourth consecutive state title in 6A this past season, becoming the first team to ever win four straight at that 6A level. Prior to claiming their championship in 2013, South had not won a state title since 1978. The Titans went a perfect 25-0 this season under Coach Scales’ expert tutelage. This was the first perfect season for Coach Scales. Wichita South boasts an astonishing 96-4 record over the past four years. Coach Scales has a career record of 110-13 in five seasons. Wichita South finished #17 in the nation in the USA TODAY Super 25.
2016 NHSCA National Boys’ Cross County Coach of the Year
Doug Soles – Great Oak High School, Temecula, California
Coach Soles led the boys and girls programs to the 2015 CIF Division I state title — it was the second straight year that both programs finished on-top in California, as well as setting a course record. Soles has led the Great Oaks boys’ cross country team to the CIF state meet all eleven years that he’s been the program’s head coach. This past season, Soles’ boys’ team won the national championship by placing first at the Nike Cross Nationals (“NXN”) in Oregon. This was a feat as they are the first California team to win this prestigious event since 2012. The girls’ program finished third at the NXN’s, after placing second in 2014.
2016 NHSCA National Girls’ Cross County Coach of the Year Award
Mike Smith – Saline High School, Saline, Michigan
Smith, the long-time head coach at Saline High School finishes his career with the NHSCA National Coach of the Year accolades. Smith retired at the end of the 2015 season, has led the team since 1977. led the Lady Hornets to their 20th straight conference title this past season and its 14th straight regional championship. Saline and Smith won Michigan’s Division I state championship 2009. Smith is a member of the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame as well as the Foundation for Saline Area Schools Hall of Fame.
2016 NHSCA National Field Hockey Coach of the Year
Linda Kreiser – Lower Dauphin High School, Middletown, Pennsylvania
Kreiser has had an incredible career with a lifetime record of 738-104-35 with six state titles in 1993, 1998, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2013. She began her coaching career at her alma mater in 1978. Kreiser has been inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Hall of Fame, the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame and into the Millersville University Athletics Hall of Fame. Not only is Kreiser a great coach, she was also an excellent player. She played on Team USA from 1972 through 1979 and participated in the 1975 World Cup.
2016 NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year Award
Gary Joseph – Katy High School, Katy, Texas
This past season, Coach Joseph led Katy to a perfect 16-0 record, winning the Texas’ Class 6A Division II title, which was the school’s fourth state title under Joseph, who has been the Tigers head coach since 2004. The Tigers finished #3 in the High School Football America/NHSCA National Top 25 and were named "mythical” national champs by MaxPreps.com, NationalHSFootball.com and PrepNation.com. Joseph, who has taken his school to eight overall Texas state championship games, began as an assistant with Katy more than 30 years ago and currently owns a lifetime record is 168-14. He’s led Katy to eleven district titles in twelve years as head coach and the Tigers haven’t lost a district game since 2008.
2016 NHSCA National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year
Bob McPhail - Norwich Free Academy, Norwich, Connecticut
McPhail began as an assistant coach at Norwich Free Academy in 1970 after leaving an illustrious career in computer technology for the world of teaching and coaching. He became the head coach of NFA’s golf program in 1972. At one point, he also coached the football team and the freshman boys’ basketball team. From 1981 he became the Athletic director, a job he held until 1993 when we retired from coaching and went back to the golf team. He has been inducted into the Norwich Sports and Norwich Free Academy Halls of Fame and served as secretary of the Eastern Connecticut Conference for over 20 years. McPhail’s all-time record is 656-170. McPhail also started the girls program and coached for eight years and 56 wins.
2016 NHSCA National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year
Margaret Stanley – Socorro High School, Socorro, New Mexico
Coach Stanley has led the Socorro girls’ golf team to eight New Mexico team state championships in the last twelve seasons, including the 2015 Class AAAA-A title. She played on the Socorro High golf team in the 80’s that was coached by her father Dennis Stanley, who led the school to four straight state titles. Coach Stanley’s teams have won over 95% of matches during her time as head coach. Coach Stanley has retired after a brilliant run at Socorro High School.
2016 NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year
Mike McLaughlin – St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio
McLaughlin led St. Ignatius to its second straight Ohio Division I state title this past season. This championship brings McLaughlin and St. Ignatius to seven state titles and three national championships. This season the team finished with a 22-0-1 record. McLaughlin has a career record of 353-46-44 in his 21 year tenure. St. Ignatius was named co-national champs by USA TODAY.
2016 National Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year
Brian Elliott – Union High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Elliott led Union to its second straight Oklahoma 6A state title this past season. The Redskins currently own a 36 match win streak. This past season, Union outscored its opponents 64-5. Prior to taking the reins at Tulsa Union, Elliott was the Head Coach at Northeastern State University from 1991-1995 and was the Assistant at Oral Roberts University from 1995 thru 1997.
2016 NHSCA National Softball Coach of the Year
Bud Weisgarber – Strasburg High School, Strasburg, Ohio
This past season, Weisgarber won his 700th career game. Weisgarber, who is a member of the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, started the Strasburg softball program back in 1985. He has coached the Tigers to seven state championships. This season, the Tigers finished second in the Division IV Championships.
2016 NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year
Mark Morehouse – Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Morehouse has been the head coach of the Fossil Ridge boys program since 2008 and assistant girls’ coach since 2010. He led his school to its second straight Colorado 5A state championship during the 2015-2016 season. This year’s team had one individual state champ and dominated the state team championships with 331.5 points nearly 80 points ahead of Regis Jesuit who hold 20 state titles including 4 consecutive from 2011-2014. Prior to the 2015 state title, Fossil Ridge had never won a championship title. The Sabercats placed among the top four in nine events
2016 NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year
Tina Bates – Buchholz High School, Gainesville, Florida
In just her second year as the Buchholz High’s head coach, Bates, a former swimmer at the University of Florida, led the school to the Florida 4A state championship. It was the school’s sixth overall title and first since 2009. Buchholz swpt the team relays and had two individual state champions. They also set a new FHSAA record in the 200 freestyle relay. Expect Bates and Buchholz to be one of the best in the state over the next several years in Florida, with many of this year’s swimmers being underclassmen.
2016 NHSCA National Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year
Al Must – Adams High School, Rochester, Michigan
A retired social worker for Adams High School, Coach Must has led the varsity tennis program for the last 32 years after moving to Michigan from Colorado. Coach Must won his 400th career match during the 2015-16 school year by knocking off rival Rochester. “I love what I do,” Must told MLive.com after reaching the milestone. Coach Must’s teams have reached the state tournament the past 11 consecutive years. They finished in the top 6 in the 2013-2014 season.
2016 NHSCA National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year
Kim Marchese – Ramapo High School, Ramapo, New Jersey
Coach Marchese just completed his 32nd year as head coach at Ramapo High School. This past season he hit a huge milestone when he won his 600th match this spring. This year’s team finished 18-5 and was ranked #20 in the Star-Ledger’s Top 20. In his tenure, the Raiders have won 26 league titles, 16 county titles, 15 state sectionals and four group state championships.
2016 NHSCA National Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year
Aaron Berndt – Wayzata High School, Plymouth, Minnesota
Berndt and his program are going after their third Minnesota state team championship in June 2016. In May Berndt led his program to its fourth straight Minnesota True Team Championship. What a turn around from his first season as a coach where the team finished second to last in the conference, and then following year not qualifying anyone for state for the first time since 1972. After a refocus on the team aspect, nothing has stopped Wayzata and Coach Berndt.
2016 NHSCA National Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year
Carmen Jackson – Northwestern High School, Miami, Florida
This past season, Coach Jackson led the Lady Bulls to a state-record eighth straight state championship. In nearly a quarter-of-century as Northwestern’s coach, Jackson has led the school to eleven track and field state titles.
2016 NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year
Jean Kesterson – Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
Coach Kesterson, who owns 843 career victories, led Cathedral to Indiana’s 4A state title, plus was named the #1 team in the nation by MaxPreps. Cathedral finished a perfect 36-0, which marks the first-time that a 4A school had a perfect season in Indiana volleyball history. In the spring of 2015, Kesterson, who also teaches PE and Business at the school, underwent emergency open heart surgery to replace a heart valve and repair her aortic arch.
2016 NHSCA National Wrestling Coach of the Year
Scott Green – Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, Pennsylvania
Since taking over at Wyoming Seminary (Kingston, PA) in 2010, Scott Green has turned the Blue Knights into one of the top programs in the nation. This season, SEM began the year ranked #2 in the nation in the USA TODAY/NHSCA Super 25 preseason national wrestling rankings. However, after winning the prestigious Walsh Ironman at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio in early December, the Blue Knights moved to #1 in our national rankings, a spot they’ve held through early December. Wyoming Seminary won it’s first-ever Ironman by 25 points over preseason #1 Blair Academy (Blairstown, NJ).