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Boys' Soccer Coach of the Year
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2000

John Stockton
Mountain View High School - Bend, Oregon

"John Stockton is an outstanding example for successful high school soccer 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."  Stockton coached Mountain View High to its first Class 4A Oregon state soccer championship last fall. His team posted a final record of 18-0-1 and shared the title with Marist High of Eugene after the two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the championship game. Stockton's team reached the title game by outscoring its first three state tournament opponents by a combined 14-2 margin, and Mountain View High ended the season ranked No. 8 in Region 7 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). In nine years at the helm, Stockton has coached Mountain View High to seven Intermountain Conference titles, including the past five in a row. Mountain View has not lost a conference game in those five years, posting a conference mark of 46-0-6 over that span. Stockton guided teams to the state semifinals in 1992 and 1997.  Stockton's first coaching stint included three seasons at Yreka (Calif.) High, where his teams posted a 28-5-5 record from 1979-81 and won the state's Northern Section championship in 1981 (California conducts state playoffs only to the section level in soccer). That team posted a perfect 16-0 record. His career coaching record is 142-25-20.   

 

2001

Bruno Schwarz 
North Allegheny High School - Wexford, Pennsylvania

After completing his playing career at the University of Pittsburgh in 1968, Schwarz became coach at newly-opened North Allegheny High. As the school's only boys soccer coach ever, Schwarz has built a powerhouse that has reached the Class AAA state title game four times, finally breaking through to win its first title this year in what was considered by many a rebuilding year. Under his direction, North Allegheny finished second in 1976, 1996, and 1999. This year, Schwarz returned just three starters from a team that entered the 1999 title game with a perfect 26-0 record, and also had to rebound from a loss in this year's region final, but won the school's first title, 1-0 over Emmaus High.   

 

2002

Shawn Brower
Orangewood Christian School - Maitland, Florida

In nine seasons as head coach, Brower has led Orangewood Christian to three state titles in Florida's fall soccer state series - in 1993, 1999, and 2000 - and a pair of runner-up finishes, in 1994 and 1998. All nine of Brower's teams have reached the state series, with this year's team finishing 17-2-3. His teams have an overall record of 21-6 in state series competition.В Brower's teams also have competed twice in the NHSCA National Open High School Soccer Championships, finishing fourth in 2001 and second this year.

 

2003

Donald Gregg
Severna Park High School - Severna Park, Maryland

"Donald Gregg's success at Severna Park High School continues to serve as an example of what a coaching commitment means to athletes and an athletic program," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Donald Gregg as the National High School Boys Soccer Coach of the Year." Recognized as his state's soccer coach of the year after leading Severna Park to its second state championship a year ago, Gregg now holds a career win percentage of 73-percent and over 300 coaching victories. Gregg's teams have also won 14 conference championships and have finished as state runners-up on seven occasions.

 

2004

Charlie Martel
St. Louis University High School - St. Louis, Missouri

Charlie Martel of St. Louis University High School is the Boy's NHSCA National Coach of the Year winner in boy's soccer.В В Martel led his team to its celebrated state title after coming painfully close in several recent seasons. 

 

2005

William Stara
River Hill High School - Clarksville, Maryland

Stara has been the only soccer coach in River Hill High's nine-year history. River Hill has become a state power during his tenure, reaching the Class 3A state final seven times and winning its sixth state title this season. River Hill finished the season ranked No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Region IV rankings, and Stara was voted National Division I Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach to be so honored by that association in both its High School and Youth Boys divisions. 

 

2006

Dave Pinkham
Gilford High School - Gilford, New Hampshire

In 29 years at the helm, Pinkham's teams can be found both in the state and in the national record books. From 1990-97, Gilford won 133 consecutive games, a national high school record, and Pinkham directed Gilford to 10 consecutive state titles from 1987-96, also a national record. This year's team finished 20-0 and won the Class M state title, Pinkham's 13th at the school. His career record is 452-38-20. A member of the New Hampshire Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Pinkham was named the National High School Boys Soccer Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2004. 

 

2007

Gary Montalto
Arlington High School - La Grangeville, New York

Montalto was named the National High School Division 1 Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) after coaching Arlington to its third state title in his 28th season as head coach. His team finished 25-0 this season and No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas national rankings. Montalto also coached Arlington to state titles in 1984 and 1999, and five of his teams have advanced to the state finals. His career record of 490-78-40 places him sixth on the state's all-time victory list and in the top 30 nationally, and only two coaches in New York boys soccer history have won more state titles. Montalto is the NSCAA regional chairman for high school boys rankings and Coach of the Year committees and serves as boys soccer chairman for New York's Section 1. 

 

2008

John Kissner
Walsh Jesuit High School - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Kissner is the only boys soccer coach in Walsh Jesuit history. He started the program in 1978 and just completed his 30th season. Kissner coached the Warriors to Division 1 state titles in 1982 and 1990 and the Division 2 state crown in 2006, when his team finished 21-2. Kissner was voted Division 2 Coach of the Year by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association, also earning Coach of the Year honors from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This year's team finished 10-5-4 and advanced to the district final. With a career record of 415-107-76, Kissner is the state's all-time leading winner. His eight state final appearances are the most of any Ohio coach, and he is one of only three coaches to have won three state championships. A native of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Kissner emigrated to Akron with his family at the age of 10.  

 

2009

Craig Ewing
St. Thomas Aquinas High School - Overland Park, Kansas

Ewing wasn't introduced to the sport until serving in Guatemala with the Peace Corps at the age of 23, but he has become an institution as coach of St. Thomas Aquinas' boys and girls soccer teams since the school opened its doors in 1988. A third-place finish by his boys team in 1991 started a run that would see his teams win 12 state titles, including the last six in succession. His teams have won titles in Class 5A the past two years after four straight titles in big-school Class 6A. He was named NFHS Boys Soccer Coach of the Year in 2000. Ewing also has been honored for his girls soccer teams, having been recognized as National High School Private/Parochial Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2005. His girls teams have won nine state titles, including four in a row from 1993-96 and three straight from 2005-07. This year's team finished third in state. His girls teams have an all-time record of 574-166-33, and his boys teams also have over 500 wins.

 

2010

Chuck Scanlon
Apple Valley High School - Apple Valley, Minnesota

Through this school year, Scanlon, a 34-year coaching veteran, was the only coach in the history of two Apple Valley sports teams: boys tennis and girls ice hockey. He also coaches the school’s freshman baseball team. He has coached the Eagles boys soccer teams to a record of 518-87-49, and last September, he became the state’s all-time winningest coach. Last fall, Apple Valley finished 24-0 and won its eighth state championship, also tops among Minnesota boys and girls soccer teams. Scanlon previously coached Apple Valley to titles in 1984, 1988, 1989, 1992 in the single-class era and AA titles in 1997, 1998 and 2006, and his teams have made 16 state tournament appearances. His team was ranked No. 5 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 8 by ESPN/Rise, and he was named National Coach of the Year by both organizations. After 14 seasons as an assistant coach with the Apple Valley boys hockey team, Scanlon assumed the reins of the girls team when the Minnesota State High School League first sanctioned the sport in 1994, winning state titles in 1995 and 1998 and finishing third in 2003 before retiring as the team’s coach at the conclusion of this season.

 

2011

Jerry Little
North Central High School - Indianapolis, Indiana

Little’s teams have won more state championships – five – since the Indiana High School Athletic Association first sanctioned the boys state tournament in 1994 than any other school. Little guided the Panthers to state-sanctioned titles in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002 and 2005 (seven overall), along with seven state championship games and eight trips to the state’s Final Four in the state-sanctioned era. He came to North Central in 1984 after three seasons at cross-town Broad Ripple High School, and his record on the Panthers’ sideline is 453-86-48, including a 12-2-1 mark last fall. His 1993 and 1994 teams, both of which finished 25-0, earned No. 7 final rankings from USA Today, and six of his teams were nationally ranked. His teams have won 17 conference titles, and sectional, regional and semi-state crowns 10 times. Little has won over two dozen Coach of the Year awards, including six state Coach of the Year awards from the Indiana State Coaches Association (ISCA). The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named him its Division I Regional Coach of the Year in 1994, 1995 and 2002 and presented him with its National Merit Award in 2001. Little was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003 and the ISCA Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2007, the National Federation of State High School Associations named him its National Coach of the Year. 

 

2012

Andy Schulten
St. Xavier High School - Louisville, Kentucky

Schulten is the fourth St. Xavier coach to be named NHSCA National Coach of the Year, more than any other school. He joins Joseph Kroh (boys tennis, 1999), Marty Donlon (boys golf, 2006) and Marty O’Toole (boys swimming, 2008). Since taking the reins in 1998, Schulten has led the Tigers to seven state championships (of the 11 owned by the school) and eight trips to the state title game. His seventh state title came last fall, when St. Xavier finished 27-1-1, won its final 26 games of the season and outscored four state tournament opponents by an 11-1 margin. He also led the Tigers to state titles in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009, with a second-place state finish in 2001. In the last five seasons, his teams compiled a 116-7-6 record. Schulten was a National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year finalist in 2010, and was named Mideast Region Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations the same year. His teams have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Academic team the past two seasons with a team GPA of 3.91 in 2010 and 3.98 in 2011. A 1987 St. Xavier graduate, Schulten was a four-year starter at Centre College, earning NSCAA All-South Region honors as a senior in 1990. 

 

2013

Paul Rose
Jesuit High School - Sacramento, California

Paul Rose has been the head boys’ soccer coach at Jesuit High School since 1979 and during that time he’s become the winningest (684 victories) high school soccer coach in California. In 2011 he was named to the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame. This past season, Rose led his team to a #2 overall national ranking, finishing with a record of 27-1-1. During his tenure, Jesuit has finished #1 in the nation three times (2003, 2008, 2011).   

 

2014

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.

 

2015

Terry Michler
Christian Brothers College High School, St. Louis, Missouri

Terry Michler is America’s winningest high school soccer coach in America with a lifetime mark of 896-209-99.  Michler has led CBC to seven of its state record eight state championships.  This past season, he was honored by the Missouri State High School Activities Association with its Distinguish Service Award.  He a member of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. Michler is the second straight Missourian to win the NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year Award.  Last year, Greg Vitello of De Smet High School was given the prestigious honor.  The first Missouri coach to win the award was Charlie Martel of St. Louis University High School in 2004.

 

2016

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.

 

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