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Baseball - Sam Blalock
Rancho Bernardo High School - San Diego, California

"Sam Blalock is an outstanding example for successful high school baseball 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." Blalock's Rancho Bernardo team finished with a 30-3 record and won its second consecutive San Diego Section title (baseball is contested only to the section level in California). Two of his players, right-handed pitcher Matt Wheatland and catcher Scott Heard, were selected in the first round of this year's major-league draft. Rancho Bernardo batted .358 as a team, hit 75 home runs, and outscored its opponents by a 281-127 margin, and finished the season No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 High School Baseball team rankings. 

 

Boys' Basketball -  Russell Otis
Dominguez High School Compton, California

"Russell Otis is an outstanding example for successful high school basketball 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."  Otis coached Dominguez High to a second consecutive Southern Region Division II state title, led by one of the nation's great big men, Tyson Chandler. Otis' team won its final 28 games of the season to finish with a 35-2 record. The Dons finished the season rated No.1 nationally in the USA Today final Super 25 High School Boys Basketball team rankings.  

 

Boys' Cross Country - Joe Newton
York High School - Elmhurst, Illinois

"Joe Newton 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."  One of the most storied coaches in any sport in Illinois high school history, Newton, 71, led York's boys cross country and boys track teams to Class AA state titles last year. The cross country title was his 20th in 40 years as head coach, the most team titles won by any coach in any sport in state history. Last year's team was considered perhaps the best in state history, scoring 24 points, the second lowest total ever, and placing six runners in the top 24, including champion and 2000 National Senior Boys Cross Country Athlete of the Year Donald Sage, Newton's third individual titlist. Newton closed the book on a 41-year career as head boys track coach following last spring's team title, the first in the school's history. He will stay on as cross country coach, continuing to mentor a program with more than 100 athletes on its roster.  

 

Football -- Mike Pettine Sr. 
Central Bucks West High School - Doylestown, Pennsylvania

"Mike Pettine is an outstanding example for successful high school football 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."  Pettine retired at the end of this season after closing his 33-year coaching career with a 45-match winning streak and three consecutive Class 4A state titles. He built a dominant program in the days prior to the start of the state tournament series. From 1984 through 1988, Pettine's teams did not lose a game, building a winning streak of more than 50 games, and he had 16 unbeaten seasons - nearly half of his total seasons as a head coach in ultra-competitive Pennsylvania. He also won the 1991 state title and was the 1993 state runnerup, and his career record was 326-42-4. He also was named the Tri-State Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club.  

 

Boys' Golf -- 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.  

 

Boys' Soccer -- 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.  

 

Boys' Swimming --  Larry Shofe 
The Bolles School - Jacksonville, Florida

"Larry Shofe is an outstanding example for successful high school swimming 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." Shofe coached both the boys and girls swimming teams at The Bolles School to runaway Class 4A state titles last season. Led by National High School Senior Boys Swimming Athlete of the Year Alex Lim, the Bolles boys team set three national records and four additional state records to win the title by a 598-245 margin, nearly double the number of points scored by any other boys team in any class. Shofe's girls team set two national records and two additional state records to win its title by a 550-265 margin.  

 

Boys' Tennis -- Gary Pilling
Walker High School - Jasper, Alabama

"Gary Pilling is an outstanding example for successful high school tennis 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."A 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Pilling was a serious tennis player from the seventh grade on. He began coaching in Jasper at the recreational league level in 1983 and became head tennis coach at Walker High in 1990. In Pilling's first eight seasons, Walker High was one of the state's top Class 6A teams despite being one of the division's smallest schools. His highest finish was eighth in 1998. Since moving down to Class 5A in 1999, the school has won the last two state ttitles easily, more than doubling the score of the second-place team this year. Walker High also defeated all of its Class 6A competition this season except for state champion Mountain Brook.  Walker tennis players swept to individual titles in No. 2 through No. 6 singles and No. 2 and No. 3 doubles this year, while finishing second at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.  

 

Boys' Track and Field -  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.  

 

Wrestling -- Russ Cozart
Brandon High School Brandon, Florida

Under Russ Cozart's leadership, Brandon High has become one of the top programs in the Southeast. He just completed his 20th year as Brandon's head coach, and he has led Brandon to six state team titles during the decade of the 1990s. Brandon won the state's Class 6A crown in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, and 1998, never finishing lower than fifth during the decade. This year's team finished second in the Class 2A state tournament. But the statistic that really defines Brandon is "The Streak." Cozart is unbeaten in dual meets at Brandon, winning all 252 that his teams have competed in, including a 12-0 mark this year. In fact, the school has not lost a dual meet since 1973, and has won 335 consecutive dual meets in the 27 years since then, a national record for any school in any sport. Cozart's best team, in 1991-92, won its 21 dual meets that year by an average of more than 62 points, a national record at the time. Cozart has established a record as a competitor that is nearly equal to his record as a coach. He has won five gold medals in the Masters World Freestyle Championships at 136.5 pounds

 

Wrestling -- Scott Legacy
Mount Anthony Union High School - Bennington, Vermont

Now in his 15th year coaching at his alma mater, Scott Legacy has maintained Mount Anthony Union's place as the top wrestling program in New England.  Legacy has led Mount Anthony to 12 consecutive state team titles, and under his leadership, Mount Anthony was one of just four schools nationwide to win its state tournament every year during the decade of the 1990s. During the decade, his teams also won three New England championships, in 1993, 1997, and 1999, while finishing second in 1994 and 1996. This year's team is favored to earn a fourth New England title. He has had two nationally ranked teams, and this year's team also occupies a spot in the NHSCA's Top 50 team ranking. This year, Legacy's Mount Anthony team finished 21-1-1 in dual meets, giving him a career dual meet record of 249-24-2. His teams regularly travel throughout the East and the Northeast in search of the best competition possible. Individually, he has coached 56 state champions and 8 New England champions, and 21 of his wrestlers have earned All-America status through their success in various competitions and selections. 

 

Wrestling -- Herb Stinson
Aztec High School - Aztec, New Mexico

Coaching in a small school has its rewards, and long-time Aztec High coach Herb Stinson has had his share of them. In his 22nd and final season as Aztec's head wrestling coach (he was on the staff for 26 years), Stinson won his 11th consecutive Class A-3A state title and the 12th of his career. He is one of only four coaches to win his state's championship every year during the decade of the 1990s. Aztec also finished 25-1 in dual meets this year, giving him a final career record of 445-45-4. Stinson accomplished all this as a three-sport coach with three-sport athletes. He serves as defensive coordinator for a football team which has reached the state playoffs 10 consecutive years, and also coaches baseball. Stinson has been recognized on several occasions for his coaching excellence. He has been awarded National High School Coach of the Year honors in 1991 and 1995, and was elected to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 1998. His teams are listed six times in the national record book, and hold two national records: His 1993 team won its 21 dual meets by an average of more than 63 points, and his teams have won 122 tournament titles, including eight this year.  

 

Girls' Basketball -- Gerald Whaley 
William Mason High School - Mason, Ohio

"Gerald Whaley is an outstanding examples for successful high school basketball 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." Lackey's Mason team won its first Division I girls state title after state runner-up finishes in 1997 and 1999. Led by 6-0 junior center Michelle Munoz, voted the state's "Ms. Basketball" and the daughter of National Football League Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, Mason finished with a perfect 27-0 record. In the title game, Mason avenged its 1999 title game loss by beating perennial powerhouse Pickerington High by a 36-25 score.  

 

Girls' Cross Country -- Steve Telaneus
Marcus High School - Flower Mound, Texas

"Steve Telaneus is an outstanding example for successful high school cross country 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." Telaneus has coached both the boys and girls cross country teams at Marcus High for the past 12 years. His team won its second Class 5A state team title last season, and has qualified for the state tournament all 12 years he has been the head coach. The Marauders also won the 1996 state title.  Telaneus' boys teams also have been successful. They qualified for the state tournament eight times during the decade of the 1990s, running to third-place finishes in 1997 and 1998.  

 

Girls' Field Hockey -  Linda Nixon
Springfield Township High School - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Linda Nixon iis an outstanding example for successful high school field hockey coaches," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "SThey 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 her."  A 33-year coaching veteran, Nixon led the Lady Raiders to a 17-4-2 record and the Pennsylvania District 1, Class AA title last season, quite a turnaround from the previous season, when the team lost in the first round. Springfield Township also won the District 1 title in 1993.  

 

Girls' Golf -- Donna Pierce
Highland Park High School - Dallas, Texas

"Donna Pierce 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 her." In her seven years as head coach, Pierce has maintained Highland Park High's reputation as one of the top girls golf teams in Texas, one of the nation's top golf states. She has guided Highland Park High to the past three Class 4A Texas high school state team titles. This year's state championship team won the title by 22 strokes with a score of 618, the lowest state tournament score turned in by any girls team in any of Texas' five classes, and lower than three of the five team champions in the boys state tournament. Four of her golfers finished among the top 13 individuals in the state. A graduate of Rice University, Pierce is Past President of the North Texas Golf Coaches Association.  Incidentally, Pierce is not the first Highland Park coach to be honored by the NHSCA. Tim Marzuola, the school's head wrestling coach, was among the organization's four National High School Wrestling Coaches of the Year during the 1998-99 season.  

 

Girls' Soccer -- James Gardner
Cheyenne East High School - Cheyenne, Wyoming

"James Gardner 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." Gardner's teams at Cheyenne East have been a Wyoming powerhouse for many years. He coached the Lady Thunderbirds to seven Class 4A state titles, including back-to-back state crowns in 1987-88, 1995-96 and 2001 02, and also has led them to six state runnerup finishes and a third-place showing. He also is a board member of the Cheyenne Sting club, which helps feed both East and cross-town rival Cheyenne Central High. Gardner's teams also are outstanding in the classroom, having been recognized as Academic Team All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with a 3.71 overall grade-point average (GPA) in 2002 and a 3.53 overall GPA in 2003. 

 

Girls' Softball -- Shelly Bollin
Brazoswood High School - Freeport, Texas

"Shelly Bollin is an outstanding example for successful high school softball 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 her." Bollin coached Brazoswood High to a perfect 37-0 record and won the Class 5A state title. Brazoswood finished No. 1 in the final USA Today Super 25 High School Softball team rankings, and was one of only two teams in the final Super 25 to finish the season unbeaten (Texas Class 4A champion Weatherford High was the other).  

 

Girls' Swimming -- Sandy Martin
Providence High School Charlotte - North Carolina 

"Sandy Martin is an outstanding example for successful high school swimming 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 her." Martin's Providence teams have won three consecutive Class 4A state team titles, and haven't lost a match over that span. Since Providence High is one of only two schools in Charlotte with a pool, the team must share pool time with the city's other high school teams and is limited to the same 90 minutes of practice per day as its competition. Despite that handicap, Martin has sent swimmers to Notre Dame, Clemson, Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, and North Carolina State, and two Providence team members competed in this year's Olympic Trials.  

 

Girls' Tennis -- Steve Spivey
Needham Broughton High School - Raleigh, North Carolina

"Steve Spivey is an outstanding example for successful high school tennis 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."Spivey has built a powerhouse at Broughton High over the past decade. Under his leadership, the Caps have won back-to-back Class 4A state team titles twice in the past five years, scoring a perfect 6-0 shutout in the state title match a year ago. Spivey's teams won in 1995, 1996, 1998, and 1999, and built a state tournament record of 30-5 during the decade.  Despite this recent success, Spivey says this year's Caps team, which includes just one senior, is much better than last year's team. In addition to his team success, Spivey has coached Class 4A state singles champions the past five years. Broughton High's top four singles players are nationally ranked.  

 

Girls' Track and Field -  Larry Colbert
Eleanor Roosevelt High School - Greenbelt, Maryland

"Larry Colbert 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 players learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring him." Colbert led the Lady Raiders track team to its fifth consecutive Class 4A state team title last year. Prior to the state tournament, Colbert made a key move that helped his team earn the title. After his 4x100-meter relay team had twice been defeated by rival Largo High, Colbert shuffled the order of the relay for the state tournament, and they won the event to help earn crucial team points. In his 12 years as head coach, Colbert has helped nearly 100 of his athletes earn college scholarships.  

 

Girls' Volleyball -  Larry Trupe 
Torrey Pines High School - Encinitas, California

"Larry Trupe is an outstanding example for successful high school volleyball 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." Trupe helped make Torrey Pines High one of the volleyball powerhouses of southern California during the decade of the 1990s. Last year's team won its second consecutive San Diego Section title (volleyball is contested only to the section level in California). It was Torrey Pines' eighth section title of the decade, having won six in succession from 1990-95.

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