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Boys' Track & Field Coach of the Year
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2000

Chuck Koeppen 
Carmel High School Carmel, Indiana

"Chuck Koeppen is an outstanding example for successful high school track and field coaches," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "They place a high value on the teamwork skills athletes learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring him."A graduate of Ball State University and a 32-year teaching veteran, Koeppen has served as head coach of the boys track team and the boys and girls cross country teams at Carmel High since 1972. Last year, he coached Carmel to the state title, his team going a perfect 7-0 in dual meets and also winning conference, sectional, and regional titles. Overall, his teams at Carmel have a record of 189-45-2, including 14 unbeaten seasons. He is a member of the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame, and has been the head coach of the Indiana All-Star Team since 1978. Koeppen also has an outstanding record as cross country coach. He has led his boys teams to 10 state titles and his girls teams to nine state titles. He also has led each team to six state runner-up finishes. 

 

2001

Roger Mathiesen
Kearney High School - Kearney, Nebraska

Mathiesen led Kearney High to its eighth consecutive Class A state title last week, and his team was rated No. 7 nationally entering this season. His teams had won 54 consecutive multi-school meets entering this season, the longest such streak in the nation. Since 1987, Kearney High had won 112 of 118 such events, finishing second in the other six. Mathiesen's teams have won 22 state tournament titles in 14 different events -19 since the consecutive state title streak began in 1994 -and hold nine state records. 

 

2002

Lindy Remigino
Hartford Public High School Hartford, Connecticut

A graduate of Hartford Public High, Remigino returned to his alma mater as a physical education teacher in 1953 after winning gold medals in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100-meter relay at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. Remigino has coached the boys and girls cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams, winning over 85 per cent of his dual meets. His track teams have won a total of 31 state titles - 21 outdoor and 10 indoor - and 25 city championships, including the last 18 in a row.A two-time Connecticut Track Coach of the Year, Remigino was named byВ Sports IllustratedВ as one of the 10 best high school coaches in the nation in 1973, and also byВ Runners WorldВ in 1983. He is one of three coaches to be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Association's Hall of Fame this year.

 

2003

Rob Johnson
Clare High School - Clare, Michigan

"Rob Johnson has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to young athletes by coaching for over 30 years on the prep level," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Coach Johnson as the National High School Boys Track Coach of the Year." A member of the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Johnson has led Clare to a pair of top-two state finishes in the past five seasons, including the 2000 Division 3 state championship. He holds a career dual-meet win percentage of 90-percent. Johnson's teams have also won 17 regional titles and 19 conference championships. 

 

2004

Chad Walker
Wheeler High School - Marietta, Georgia

Chad Walker of Wheeler High in Marietta, Georgia takes the top spot among boys' track and field coaches this year after leading the Wildcats to the 5A state championship while posting some of the best overall results in the country. 

 

2005

Don Carnahan
Russellville High School - Russellville, Arkansas

In a coaching career spanning 30 years, Carnahan's teams have won a total of 10 state championships in indoor and outdoor track and cross country, along with 12 runner-up finishes. In the 2001-02 season, his teams won the state's "Triple Crown" - Class 5A titles in cross country, indoor and outdoor track - and he was selected the state's Coach of the Year in cross country and outdoor track. A five-time state Coach of the Year, he was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2003.   

 

2006

Pat Galle
UMS-Wright Prep School - Mobile, Alabama

Galle's teams have dominated Class 4A competition during his 34 years at UMS-Wright. This month, his boys team won its ninth state title in the past 10 years, winning by 105.5 points, and his girls team won its seventh consecutive title. In all, 32 of his teams have won indoor and outdoor track state team titles, and eight of the athletes he has coached hold Alabama state records. He also has coached UMS-Wright's cross country teams to five state titles, and 32 of his teams in the six disciplines have been state runners-up. A member of the UMS-Wright Hall of Fame, Galle was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame this year. 

 

2007

Joe Howell
Lisbon High School Lisbon  - North Dakota

Howell, who grew up in Lisbon in a family of nine children, was hired at his hometown high school to fill in for a teacher who was given some time off to try to sell his business. The business never sold, and Howell is still coaching track and field 29 years later - and handling athletic director duties as well. Howell also was the school's head basketball coach for eight seasons in the 1980s, started the school's cross country program without a stipend, and also coached baseball and football. But Howell's track program at Lisbon has become a small-school powerhouse, winning 26 region championships to go along with three Class B state team titles. This year's boys and girls teams finished eighth. A seven-time state Coach of the Year, Howell was selected National Track and Field Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2005. 

 

2008

Warren Mitchell
Limon High School - Limon, Colorado

If coaching is the "Fountain of Youth," then Mitchell has found it. At 85, he is completing his 55th season as the school's track and field coach. His boys track team has won 12 Class 2A state titles, most recently back-to-back crowns in 2004 and 2005, and the Denver Rocky Mountain News named him All-Colorado Boys Coach of the Year in 2005. Mitchell also coached football for 37 seasons at Limon, 10 as the head coach, and posted a 399-162 record and won four state championships in 24 seasons as head basketball coach. Mitchell has won over 700 games and 27 team championships in his coaching career. He was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1986, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2001, and will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame this summer. He was selected Colorado's "Coach of the Three-Quarter Century" honoree by Coach and Athletic Director magazine in 2007.   

 

2009

Dennis McNulty
Warren Central High School - Indianapolis, Indiana

McNulty has been coaching for 33 years, and he is completing his 23rd season at Warren Central. His teams have been back-to-back state champions twice - in 1995 and 1996 and 2006 and 2007 - and added a state runner-up finish in 2005 and a third-place finish in 2008, and have finished in the state's top 10 10 times. His teams also were regional and sectional champions in 1995, 1996, 2003, 2004 and 2005. Nine of his athletes have won state titles and six have recorded runner-up finishes, and he also has coached five relay teams to state titles. An 11-time Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (IATCCC) Coach of the Year nominee, McNulty earned Coach of the Year honors in all four of his championship seasons. He was inducted into the IATCCC Hall of Fame in 2006. The National Federation named him its District 4 Coach of the Year both years, and its national Coach of the Year in 2008. McNulty also was a finalist for National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors in 2008. 

 

2010

Pete Boudreaux 
Catholic High School - Baton Rouge, Louisiana   

Also the school’s athletic director, Boudreaux has become an institution in Louisiana boys track and field and cross country since taking the reins at Catholic in 1967. His teams have won a state-best 33 state titles – 11 in outdoor track, seven in indoor track and 15 in cross country. This year, Boudreaux’s cross country and outdoor track and field teams both set state scoring records, and his teams have swept all three state meets the past two years. The track and field team’s record performance this spring included seven event victories, a state record and a pair of 1-2 finishes. His track and field teams were undefeated in regular-season competition for 11 straight years, and his athletes have set 12 state records and own three Catholic high school national records. The Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association named Boudreaux Coach of the Year in 2002, 2008 and 2009, and presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. His cross country teams have won titles in each of the past four decades and is one of just two Louisiana teams to record a perfect state tournament score.  

 

2011

Robbie Robinson
Mountain View High School - Mesa, Arizona

Robinson’s career spans over 50 years in two different states, including 31 seasons as a boys and girls track and field coach. He started his career in Minnesota, where, in addition to his teaching and coaching duties, he served 10 years as an athletic director and was the founder and first meet director of the prestigious Mayo Invitational in Rochester. He came to Mountain View in 1988, and during his career, he has led both the Toros boys and girls teams to four state titles. His boys teams won 5A state titles in 1994, 2000, 2003, and 2004 and also earned eight state runnerup finishes, in 1988, 1989, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008, and 2010. Through his first 20 seasons, his teams recorded a dual-meet and multi-meet record of 2,819-119 and also won 20 region titles. His girls teams were state champions in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1997. He typically has about 130 boys out for track and field, and during his tenure as the girls coach, about 100 girls typically came out for the sport. A five-time Arizona Coach of the Year, Robinson was a three-time Region Coach of the Year selection by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA), and the NHSACA named him its National Coach of the Year in 2008. Robinson was awarded the Victory with Honor Coach of the Year award by the Arizona Interscholastic Association this year. 

 

2012

Woody Barnett
Pearl High School Pearl, Mississippi

In a 34-year teaching and coaching career, Barnett has become one of the most successful track and field and cross country coaches in Mississippi history. A Jackson native and a graduate of Mississippi College, Barnett has coached Pearl to 43 state team championships in cross country and track, most recently back-to-back boys track and field state titles in 2011 and 2012. His boys cross country teams most recently won three straight state titles from 2008-10, two in 4A and the last in 5A. He has coached 145 individual state champions in the two sports. Barnett also has served as Pearl’s athletic director since 1997, and the school’s programs have won 45 state championships in all sports during his tenure. Inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) Hall of Fame in 2008, Barnett was honored both as its Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year and its Athletic Director of the Year in 2011. He is an eight-time MAC Coach of the Year in cross country and track and field. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger has named Pearl the recipient of the 5A All-Sports Award four times during Barnett’s tenure. The National Federation of State High School Associations named Barnett National Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2004, and he was named Gill Athletics Southeast Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year by USA Track and Field in 2011.

 

2013

Robert Steele
North Rowan High School - Spencer, North Carolina 

Robert Steele has had an incredible career at North Rowan that has seen him win 15 NCHSAA state championship, including a runner-up finish this past season. From 1994 through 1998, North Rowan won five straight state championships. He’s a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

 

2014

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.

 

2015

John Jones
Spring Valley High School, Columbia, South Carolina

John Jones has spent his entire career at Spring Valley High School, leading the school to five South Carolina state championships with 11 state runner-up finishes.  In 2007, Jones was inducted into the South Carolina Track Coaches Hall of Fame.  In 2009, he was honored by being inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame. Jones is the first coach from South Carolina to be honored as the NHSCA Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year.

 

2016

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.


 

 

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