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Boys' Golf Coach of the Year
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2000

Wayne Everett 
Kingston High School - Kingston, Tennessee

"Wayne Everett is an outstanding example for successful high school golf coaches," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "They place a high value on the teamwork skills players learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring him."  Everett's story is an interesting one. He stepped down as head coach of the Kingston High golf team after the 1998-99 season when he became the principal of Cherokee Middle School, also in Kingston. Everett's administrative post brought down the curtain on a coaching career that saw him coach two sports in two states for a combined 36 years. In 12 years as head golf coach at Kingston High, he took a team that was nearly extinct to a fourth-place in the Class 3A state tournament in 1997 and second place in 1998. Everett then handed over the team he developed to new coach Jerry Walker last season, and they won the 1999 state title with a 598 total, the seventh lowest winning score in state history.  Everett also was a highly successful boys basketball coach, serving a total of 24 years at Kingston and at Ringgold (Ga.) High. He won more than 500 games in his career, and led Ringgold High to the 1991 Georgia state tournament. 

 

2001

David Hutton
Grandville High School - Grandville, Michigan


In his 31 years as Grandville High's head coach, Hutton's teams have posted a dual-meet record of 433-147-7 and qualified for the Class A state tournament 18 times, winning state titles in 1976 and 1988. The Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association (MIGCA) selected him Coach of the Year both years, and the Michigan High School Coaches Association named him Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1988. Hutton has served 22 years as a MICGA board member and two terms as president, 1984-86 and 1996-98. The MICGA inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1993. The National Coaches Federation named Hutton one of eight finalists for its National Coach of the Year award this season. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association named him Region IV Coach of the Year in 1987. Hutton also coached Grandville High's hockey team for 17 seasons.  

 

2002

Mike Ellis
Calais High School - Calais, Maine

Ellis' career was relatively short - only four years - but they were four excellent years, capped by back-to-back Class C state team titles. Ellis also coached two-time National High School All-American James Frost, the NHSCA's National High School Boys Golf Senior Athlete of the Year this year, to three consecutive individual state titles and two All-America finishes in the NHSCA National Open High School Boys Golf Championships, and oversaw the improvement of Frost's sister, Katie, from fifth place as a freshman to third as a sophomore and second last year. Ellis is leaving his coaching post to devote more time to his family and his business ventures.

 

2003

Mark Kedy
Ada High School - Ada, Oklahoma

"Mark Kedy has spent a career committed to the development of youth in the classroom and in the athletic arena," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Mark Kedy as the National High School Boys Golf Coach of the Year."Kedy has been the boys golf coach at Ada High for over 20 years and has led his team to a pair of state championships. A social studies teacher that has also coached football and boys basketball, Kedy has also been recognized as an Oklahoma Coach of the Year during a successful career in his home state.

 

2004

Bill Roller
Jenks High School - Jenks, Oklahoma

With six consecutive state titles and eight since 1994, Jenks (Oklahoma) High School boys' golf coach Bill Roller receives NHSCA Coach of the Year honors.

 

2005

Rob Prentiss
St. Charles North High School - St. Charles, Illinois

Competing in one of the most competitive areas of the Chicago suburbs, Prentiss led the unified St. Charles High program to Class AA state titles in 1991 and 1998. The Saints finished in the state's top five nine times between 1988 and 1999. When St. Charles High split into two four-year schools in 2000, Prentiss moved to brand-new St. Charles North High to build a program. His 2002 team was regional champion and his 2003 and 2004 teams also advanced to sectional competition.

 

2006

Marty Donlon
St. Xavier High School - Louisville, Kentucky

Donlon has been St. Xavier's golf coach for more than 35 years and has led the Tigers to five state team titles in the past eight years, and 11 state crowns overall. His 2005 team finished third in state. Entering last season, Donlon's teams had an overall meet record of 1,165-61 and had won eight consecutive region titles. A 1956 St. Xavier graduate, Donlon is a member of the school's Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2003. He also serves as manager of the state golf tournament. In addition to his golf coaching duties, Donlon also was St. Xavier's head basketball coach for 10 seasons and remains on the staff as an assistant coach. 

 

2007

Terry Nelson
Whitefish High School - Whitefish, Montana

Nelson's teams at Whitefish swept the 2006 boys and girls Class A state team titles. It was the third time his teams had accomplished that feat, also sweeping the state crowns in 1988 and 1990. For his boys teams, it was their third consecutive state title and their third unbeaten season in a row. In 23 years at the helm, Nelson has directed seven of his boys teams to state titles. His girls teams twice won five state titles in a row - from 1986-90 and 1995-99 - and have won 12 state crowns under his direction, for a combined total of 19 state titles. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association selected Nelson as its National Golf Coach of the Year in 2006. 

 

2008

Richard Gaard
Decorah High School - Decorah, Iowa

Gaard has coached golf and basketball at Decorah for 36 seasons. His golf teams have won nine Northeast Iowa Conference championships, 13 district titles and nine regional crowns, and his career record is 333-123-11. A co-founder and the Northeast Iowa representative to the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association, he was selected as its Coach of the Year in 2007, and he has been named conference Coach of the Year 10 times. The National Federation of State High School Associations named him Coach of the Year this year. Gaard also was the school's head boys basketball coach from 1995-2000 and coached both its boys and girls teams. He coached the Class 3A Iowa Dr. Pepper All-Star Team in 1998, served five years on the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors and was a volunteer assistant coach for the Luther College women's basketball team in 2004-05. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, he was attached to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, Washington D.C. In 2004, Col. Gaard was one of seven American officers to take part in the multi-national peacemaking exercise at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.

 

2009

Jim Bennett
Grosse Ile High School - Grosse Ile, Michigan

Bennett retired following the 2004 season after 30 seasons as the boys golf coach at Grosse Ile. That year, his team finished sixth in the Division 3 state tournament and he coached the individual state champion. That followed on the heels of an incredible six-year run that saw the Red Devils win five state titles in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003 - and a second-place finish in 2001. In 2007, Bennett returned to coaching as head coach of Grosse Ile's girls team, for which he had served as an assistant coach for seven seasons, and led the Red Devils to a 12th-place finish in the state tournament that year. A past president of the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association (MIGCA), Bennett was the organization's Division 3 Coach of the Year in 1998 and its Region 3 Coach of the Year in 2003, and was inducted into the MICGA Hall of Fame in 2005. He is a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year this year.

2010

Darrell Berglund 
Hazen High School - Hazen, North Dakota

Berglund was the coach of both the boys and girls golf teams at Hazen, single-handedly overseeing the progress of teams whose combined numbers totaled 75 golfers or more. When his wife, Girls Golf Coach of the Year Kathy Berglund, took over the girls team in 1996, Berglund concentrated on the boys team and has done so since. The Titans broke through to win the Class B state title the past two seasons, Berglund’s first two championships after multiple high state finishes. A 1979 graduate of Valley City State University who teaches science at Hazen Middle School, Berglund was named Class B Coach of the Year by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association in 1993, 1994, 2003 and 2005, and was named Region 5 Coach of the Year in 2008. The National Federation of State High School Associations named Berglund its state Coach of the Year in 2006, and he is a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year award this year.

 

2011

Larry Ries
Hunterdon Central High School - Flemington, New Jersey

Ries has coached four sports at Hunterdon Central over more than 30 seasons. He has more than 800 victories as a varsity head coach in golf and boys soccer, and also had successful runs coaching the Red Devils’ freshman basketball and baseball teams. Ries is currently in his 30th season as golf coach, for which he also was named National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations this year. Last spring, Ries guided the Hunterdon Central golfers to Team of the Year honors from The Newark Star-Ledger. The Red Devils posted a 16-1 record in 2010, winning Hunterdon County and Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament championships and Skyland Conference, Group 4 Central-South Jersey Section, state and Tournament of Champions titles, the latter the second of Ries’ career. Through last spring, his teams had a record of 467-105-1 and won 19 conference titles, 10 sectional titles, four Group 4 state titles and the 1992 Tournament of Champions title. Ries was named Coach of the Year by The Star-Ledger in 2008 and the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association in 2010. He also started the girls golf team at Hunterdon Central. As the school’s soccer coach for 29 seasons, retiring in 2007, Ries’ teams had a record of 332-177-63, with 26 winning seasons and four Central Jersey Group 4 sectional final berths.  

 

2012

Jeff Doherty
Edmond North High School Edmond, Oklahoma

Doherty has presided over a powerhouse at Edmond North. This spring, the Huskies won their eighth consecutive 6A state team title, one of the nation’s longest current streaks, winning the 54-hole state meet by 27 strokes. Doherty’s 2006 title team also was the state academic champion. His girls team finished fifth this spring, and his boys and girls teams each have a pair of state runner-up finishes as well. A 32-year teaching and coaching veteran, Doherty has coached golf for 25 years, but also has coached basketball for 32 years. He taught U.S. History at Midwest City High School for 11 years, and today teaches physical education at Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond, where he also coaches eighth-grade basketball and seventh-grade football, and he also serves as the clock operator at Edmond North’s football games. Doherty is the Region 8 representative for the Oklahoma Golf Coaches Association. He has been named Boys Golf Coach of the Year four times and Girls Golf Coach of the Year twice by The Daily Oklahoman and is a three-time Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association Region 8 Coach of the Year. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) named Doherty its Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 2008. This year, the NFHS honored him as its National Coach of the Year.

 

2013

Jim Jacobsen
Bergen Catholic High School - Oradell, New Jersey 

Jim Jacobsen has had an incredible 31-year career as the boys’ head golf coach at Bergen Cathoic. The 2012-13 season saw Jacobsen win his 900th match. Jacobsen’s career record is 917-31-1, which he attributes to both luck and strategy.

 

2014

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.

 

2015

Dave Messerli
Marion High School, Marion, Iowa

Dave Messerli has served as Marion’s head golf coach for 41 years.  During that time, Coach Messerli has led his school to a state championship, several top ten team finishes, eleven conference titles and numerous individual top ten finishes. Dave’s coaching talent goes beyond golf — he served as head football coach at Marion High School for 18 years and was inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association hall of Fame in 1998. Coach Messerli has also served as assistant varsity wrestling coach, plus an assistant coach for boys’ and girls’ basketball. Coach Messerli is the second coach from Iowa to win the NHSCA’s National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year Award. Richard Gaard from Decorah won the award in 2008.

 

2016

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.

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