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2002 Coach of the Year
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Baseball -- John Lowery

Jefferson High School - Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia

Lowery has been a head baseball coach for 29 years, the last 28 at Jefferson High after one year at Harpers Ferry (West Virginia) High. One of high school baseball's all-time leading winners, Lowery has a career record of 814-214-3. He has averaged 26 wins per season and has a streak of 25 consecutive seasons with 20 or more victories. Lowery's teams have won seven Class AAA state titles and added three-state runner-up finishes, and this year's team was a state semifinalist. Lowery's 800th career victory came at historic Abner Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.Lowery has received many awards in his distinguished career. He is one of three coaches to be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame this year. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association named Lowery its Coach of the Year in 1998, and he has twice been voted Baseball Coach of the Year by the West Virginia High School Coaches Association.

 

Boys' Basketball -- Jack Butcher
Loogootee High School - Loogootee, Indiana

Butcher retired from coaching this year as the all-time leading winner in basketball-crazy Indiana. In 45 seasons as the head coach at Loogootee High, the school from which he himself graduated in 1951 as its all-time leading scorer, Butcher won 806 games, an average of 18 victories per season. Coaching at one of the state's smallest schools, with a four-year enrollment this year of 324, Butcher's 1975 team reached the title game of Indiana's single-class state tournament, and also qualified for the tournament in 1970. Loogootee High had only two losing seasons during his 45-year career. Butcher was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991, and Sports Illustrated magazine also recognized Butcher's distinguished career with a mention in its "Faces in the Crowd" section this year.

 

Boys' Cross Country -- Rich Trenoze 
Bayonne High School - Bayonne, New Jersey

Trenoze has coached boys and girls cross country, indoor and outdoor track at Bayonne High for nearly three decades. All six teams have won more than their share of Hudson County individual and team titles, and several of his runners and track athletes went on to win titles in the prestigious Penn Relays. This year, Trenoze was inducted into the Hudson County Track and Field Hall of Fame by his peers in the Hudson County Track Coaches Association.

 

Football -- Allan Trimble
Jenks High School - Jenks, Oklahoma

In his six years at the helm, Trimble has continued Jenks High's run as a football powerhouse. All six of his teams at Jenks have won Class 5A state titles, and his overall record is 79-4. His teams also were nationally ranked all six years, reaching a high of No. 2 nationally in 2001. After this past season, Trimble was honored as the Russell Athletic Coach of the Year. In addition, for the past three years, Trimble's team has hosted a dinner honoring students participating in the Special Olympics. The students also get rousing applause at the football team's huge preseason pep rally. His players have raised $1,000 for the Special Olympics and $1,650 for an opposing team's cancer-stricken quarterback; they also read regularly to Jenks elementary school students. Sports Illustrated magazine also recognized Trimble's distinguished career with a mention in its "Faces in the Crowd" section this year.

 

Boys' Golf -- 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.

 

Boys' Soccer -- 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.

 

Boys' Swimming -- Dr. Rick Creed
Parkview High School Lilburn, Georgia

Dr. Creed has coached the boys and girls swimming teams at Parkview High for 11 years. His boys teams have won five state titles, including the past three in succession, and his girls teams have won a pair of state titles as well. His 2000 and 2001 teams were nationally ranked. Dr. Creed currently serves as the president of the Georgia High School Swim Coaches Association (GHSSCA) and has been selected as Coach of the Year by the GHSSCA six times, including the past three years. Dr. Creed holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Georgia State University, where he held the school record in the 100-meter breaststroke. Parkview High and the Gwinnett County Board of Education also honored Creed as Teacher of the Year this year.

 

Boys' Tennis -- Jerry Lacey
St. Mark's School of Texas - Dallas, Texas

Lacey's St. Mark's team put together a dominating season en route to a 15-0 record and the Southwestern Preparatory Conference title. In their 15 matches, the Lions didn't lose a match, going a combined 109-0 in singles and doubles play. Of those 109 victories, 105 were in straight sets. Sports Illustrated magazine also recognized Lacey's distinguished career with a mention in its "Faces in the Crowd" section this year. A graduate of Iona College and Fordham University, Lacey teaches humanities at the school.

 

Boys' Track and Field - 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.

 

Wrestling -- David East
Bakersfield High School - Bakersfield, California

After leading Bakersfield High to four top-10 finishes in the single-class California state tournament over the previous seven seasons, David East watched his Drillers rewrite the California record books this year.A month ago, Bakersfield scored 226.5 points in the state tournament, winning the state title by 125 points. Nine Bakersfield wrestlers finished in the top six, seven advanced to the finals, and four were crowned champions. All are California state records. Bakersfield was ranked No. 5 in the nation this season. In addition, one of East's four state champions, 125-pounder Darrell Vasquez, became the first four-time state champion in the history of California high school wrestling.East is retiring from coaching this year after 27 years, 24 as a head coach. A graduate of Bakersfield High and Cal-State Bakersfield, where he was a member of the school's first Division II national championship team, he was head coach for five years at Maricopa High and four years at West Bakersfield High before coming to Bakersfield High. After three years as an assistant to Steve Varner, East became head coach in 1988 and led the Drillers to 14 consecutive league titles. In addition to this year's state title, his teams finished second in the state in 2001 and third in 1995. He coached at least one state placewinner in each of his final nine seasons, and overall he coached 31 state placewinners and seven state champions. His teams were undefeated in dual meets his final two seasons, and his career record was 204-12.

 

Wrestling -- Jim Jackson
Apple Valley High School - Apple Valley, Minnesota

Jim Jackson is only the second head coach in the 26-year history of Apple Valley High's fabulously successful wrestling program. Jackson has been part of the Eagles' coaching staff for 22 of those 26 years. After 10 years as an assistant, he became co-head coach of the Eagles in 1991, serving alongside his mentor, Bill Demaray, who started the program when the school opened in 1976 and coached it to six big-class Minnesota dual state titles. Jackson was part of three of those teams as a co-head coach, in 1991, 1994, and 1995. When Demaray stepped down after the 1995 season after 20 years at the helm, Jackson became the head coach and has maintained the Eagles' position at the top of Minnesota high school wrestling.Jackson has coached Apple Valley to the past four Class AAA dual state titles and five state titles overall in his seven years as head coach, with his other two teams finishing second and third in the state. This year's team finished 39-0 in dual meets, going out of state to record dual meet victories over national powerhouses Iowa City and Lewis Central of Iowa, Broken Arrow and El Reno of Oklahoma, and Platte County of Missouri, and was ranked among the nation's top three teams for the second time in three years. His overall dual-meet record is 226-9-3, including a current 60-match winning streak over the past two seasons.Jackson's wrestlers also have excelled in the individual state tournament. In seven years, he has coached 46 state placewinners and 16 state champions. He also was selected National Coach of the Year by Wrestling USA magazine in 2001.В В 

 

Girls' Basketball -- Dave Houle
Mountain View High School - Orem, Utah

Houle coaches five sports at Mountain View High - girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, and boys and girls track and field - and has had unparalleled success in all five. His girls basketball team won its ninth state title this year, finishing No. 13 in the USA Today Super 25 (last year's team finished No. 2). In February, he won his 1,000th contest in the five sports and, starting in 1985, has won at least one state championship in every school year since. His 55 overall state titles (nine in girls basketball, 11 in boys cross country, 14 in girls cross country, eight in boys track and field, and 13 in girls track and field) are a national record for one coach. In the 1997-98 school year, all five of Houle's teams won state titles, another national record, and only a runner-up finish by his boys track and field team prevented him from repeating that feat this year.

 

Girls' Cross Country -- Jeff Arbogast
Bingham High School - South Jordan, Utah

Arbogast has coached Bingham's boys and girls cross country teams since coming to the school as an English teacher in 1980, and has coached the boys and girls track and field teams as well since 1982. All four teams have won Class 5A state titles under his tenure - a total of nine in all. His girls cross country teams won three consecutive titles, in 1998, 1999, and 2000, and finished second this year. His boys cross country teams also have three state titles, and were recognized as the nation's top team in 1995. His girls track and field team won its second state title this year. All four teams are unbeaten in conference meets for more than 10 consecutive years. One of the nation's top distance running coaches, Arbogast has seen more than 50 of his athletes earn college athletic scholarships during his coaching career.

 

Girls' Field Hockey -- Diana Walker
Sanford High School - Sanford, Maine

Walker has been the head coach at Sanford High for 19 seasons. She led the team to back-to-back state titles in Maine's big-school Class A in 1999 and 2000, the first school in nearly a decade to win consecutive Class A titles. This past season, Sanford reached the state title game for the third consecutive year, and built a 50-match winning streak over the three seasons before seeing it come to an end in this year's state final.В Sports IllustratedВ magazine also recognized Walker's distinguished career with a mention in its "Faces in the Crowd" section this year.

 

Girls' Golf -- Dewey Stendahl
Middleton High School - Middleton, Wisconsin

Stendahl is retiring from coaching this year after a distinguished career that saw him coach both the boys and girls teams at Middleton High. In his final season, Stendahl's girls team qualified for the Division I state tournament for the fifth consecutive year and finished second, its best finish ever. His 1999 team finished third. All five of his top girls golfers were selected to the Big Eight Conference First or Second Teams. Four of Stendahl's boys teams won Division I state titles, including a three-peat in 1997, 1998, and 1999 after he won his first title in 1993. His 1991 team finished second, and his final squad this spring finished eighth.A 1970 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Stendahl also was an outstanding kicker on the school's football team in addition to his golf success.

 

Girls' Soccer -- Maureen McVey
St. Joseph's Academy - St. Louis, Missouri

Under McVey's direction, St. Joseph's Academy had its best girls soccer season ever, finishing the season with a 28-0-1 record to become the first Missouri team to go through a season unbeaten. St. Joseph's Academy earned a unanimous No. 1 ranking nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Girls Spring Top 20 and also by StudentВ Sports.com. In a state level, St. Joseph's Academy won its second consecutive Class 4A state title under McVey, and its fourth in six years.

 

Girls' Softball -- Gary Adams
Crescent High School - Iva, South Carolina

In 26 years of coaching, Adams has won nearly 1,000 games while coaching softball and boys basketball. Since 1976, Adams' softball teams have a record of 629-63, and have reached the Class AA state finals every year since 1980. A national record 17 of those teams have won titles, including a streak of 11 straight from 1987-97. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association selected him as the National Coach of the Year in 1991, and he has been named conference or region Coach of the Year 15 times. From 1976 to 1992, Adams also was the school's boys basketball coach, leading that squad to two state titles and one runner-up finish. The South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association (SCACA) named him its basketball Coach of the Year three times, and he was conference Coach of the Year seven times. The SCACA also presented Adams with its Outstanding Service Award in 1994 and 1999. He is one of three coaches to be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame this year.

 

Girls' Swimming -- Tim Beerman
Ursuline Academy - Cincinnati, Ohio

Under Beerman's direction, Ursuline Academy has been the top girls swimming program in the swimming hotbed of southwestern Ohio. He has led the Lions to 10 finishes in the state's top in the past 12 years. This year's team won its third consecutive Division I state title, its fifth overall under Beerman, who also led Ursuline Academy to state titles in 1991 and 1998. His teams also were state runners-up in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1999.

 

Girls' Tennis -- Susan Stevens
Beverly Hills High School - Beverly Hills, California

Stevens has been head tennis coach at Beverly Hills High for 28 years, and her last two teams may have been her best. In 2000, Beverly Hills captured the CIF Division II state title for the first time in 28 years, and won the prestigious National High School All-America Tournament, held in Newport Harbor. SchoolSports.com named the entire Beverly Hills team as its Girls Tennis Player of the Year that season, the only time the service has ever done so. Beverly Hills High repeated as CIF Southern Section champions this year, this time in Division III.

 

Girls' Track and Field - Tom Knudson
Northrop High School - Fort Wayne, Indiana

Knudson just completed his third season as Northrop High's girls track and field coach, and presided over the three most successful seasons in school history as Northrop High won its third consecutive state team title. His team won this year's title with depth, winning just two events but picking up 10 top-five finishes overall. Northrop High now has won five state championships overall in girls track and field - the first two coming in 1981 and 1991 - and became just the second school ever to win three consecutive state titles. With a young team this year, Knudson stands a solid chance to become the first coach to win four in a row next season.

 

Girls' Volleyball -- Jan Barker
Amarillo High School Amarillo, Texas

Barker led Amarillo High to a 38-2 record and the Class 5A state title this year, 16-14, 15-9 over Houston Stratford High. She has led Amarillo High to four state titles, the most ever by any Class 5A school in a state rich in volleyball tradition. Under Barker's direction, the school also won titles in 1988, 1994, and 1998, while adding a runner-up finish in 1997. In 15 years as head coach at Amarillo High, Barker's teams have a record of 486-70. She also was selected as National High School Volleyball Coach of the Year by StudentSports.com.

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