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2003 Coach of the Year
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Baseball -- Jim Danley

Eaton High School - Eaton, Colorado

"Jim Danley's coaching record speaks for itself, and this year's state championship for his Eaton High Reds is another example of what continued dedication can lead to," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "We are proud to honor Jim Danley as the National High School Baseball Coach of the Year." Danley, who has coached the Reds of Eaton High for over 30 years, managed his team to its fifth state championship this season. And there was plenty of drama in doing so. Eaton High defeated returning champion La Junta High 3-2 in a 15-inning classic that lasted four hours and 32 minutes. The game set numerous Colorado state records, including the longest state title game ever played. Along with the five state championships, Danley whose career record is 506-133-1, has also led the Reds to six state runner-up finishes and 24 conference championships. This year's Class 3A state championship team finished 22-2 under Danley, and it was the Reds fourth consecutive state finals appearance in a row. Formerly named the state Colorado coach of the year, now Danley can add the NHSCA National Coach of the Year honor to his impressive coaching resume.

 

Boys' Basketball -- Dave Garvin
Philomath High School - Philomath, Oregon

"Dave Garvin has put together the type of coaching career that most coaches dream about," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Dave Garvin as the National High School Boys Basketball Coach of the Year." Garvin has twice been named the state of Oregon coach of the year, and has led his teams to eight conference titles, six district championships and five state finals appearances. With two state titles under his belt at Philomath, Garvin now has a career coaching mark of 371-231.

 

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

"Joe Newton has served as a model of commitment and excellence to coaches and athletes for nearly a half century," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Joe Newton as the first ever two-time winner of a National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year award." Newton is widely recognized as the most accomplished prep cross country coach, and one of the most successful high school coaches of any sport, in U.S. history. He began a career 49 years ago at York High, and his teams have won 22 state championships, while finishing as runners-up on 10 other occasions. Newton's teams regularly hold more than 100 athletes on roster, as cross country has become a tradition at York. With dozens of coach of the year awards to his credit since 1954, Newton now becomes the first coach to ever receive the NHSCA Coach of the Year honor for a second time. He was first recognized for the honor in 2000.

 

Football -- Chris Jones
Heritage High School - Lynchburg, Virginia

"Chris Jones has demonstrated success in his career across seasons, and now by winning a state championship at yet another school he has demonstrated that same success across schools and divisions," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Chris Jones as the National High School Football Coach of the Year." Jones coached Heritage High to the Group AA Division 4 state championship this past season, one year after taking his former school, Bath County High to the Group A Division 1 state title. Heritage's 34-7 victory over Lafayette High in this year's final game made Jones the first Virginia coach to ever complete the back-to-back feat at different schools.

 

Boys' Golf -- 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.

 

Boys' Soccer -- 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.

 

Boys' Swimming -- Virginia Weber
Moorestown High School - Moorestown, New Jersey

"Virginia Weber has coached a diverse mix of sports and athletes over the years, and her success particularly with the sport of boys swimming is clearly worthy of the highest praise," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Virginia Weber as the National High School Boys Swim Coach of the Year." Weber's coaching career has include stints with soccer, softball and lacrosse, but it is her boys swim team that has placed in the top two at the state meet on eight occasions, including six state championships. With over 20 years of coaching experience, Weber's team will try and deliver her a 200th coaching victory next season, as her current record sits at 198-61.

 

Boys' Tennis -- Bob Wood
University Liggett School - Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan

"The success accomplished by Bob Wood during his coaching career is almost difficult to believe," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA would like to congratulate Bob Wood on his retirement and honor him as the National High School Boys Tennis Coach of the Year." Wood, who retired this past year, enjoyed one of the most decorated coaching careers of all-time in any sport. His boys tennis teams tallied a total of 30 regional championships and 27 state titles during the span of a 37-year coaching career. As coach of the girl's tennis team he added another 12 state championships to his coaching resume.

 

Boys' Track and Field -- 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.

 

Wrestling -- Jeff Jordan
St. Paris Graham High School - St. Paris, Ohio

"Jeff Jordan has built a program at St. Paris Graham that competes with the best in the nation year after year," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Coach Jordan as the National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year." Jordan coached the Graham Falcons to a third straight Division 2 Ohio State Tournament championship, this time by a margin of more than 100 points. Graham also won the state's dual meet title in Division 2. Nationally, Jordan's squad was ranked among the elite in the nation from season's start to finish, and placed third at the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament and second in the Walsh Iron Man Invitational. Jordan, who won four individual Ohio state championships of his own while wrestling for Graham in the early 1980's, has turned his alma mater into one of the nation's most respected programs.

 

Girls' Basketball -- Joe Lombard
Canyon High School - Canyon, Texas

"Joe Lombard continues to reach the highest levels of excellence in high school coaching," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor him as the National High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year." Lombard, who has been coaching basketball for 25 years, saw his Canyon Lady Eagles collect for him a 10th state girls' basketball title this past season. The state championship is yet another reward in a remarkable run over the past 15 years that has seen Lombard's teams compile a record of 844-77. During those same 15 years, the Lady Eagles have won 15 consecutive district titles and put together a 164-2 record in district play.

 

Girls' Cross Country -- Michael Bauer
Regis High School - Stayton, Oregon

"Michael Bauer's consistent commitment to his athletes and the sport of cross country is an example for young coaches," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Michael Bauer as the National High School Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year." Bauer has compiled an amazing cross country coaching pedigree across the past 27 years, including 25 district titles and nine state championships won by his girls' teams. Bauer has won numerous coach of the year awards at different levels of competition, including seven times being named Oregon Cross Country Coach of the Year.

 

Field Hockey -- Debby Watson
Villa Duchesne High School St. Louis, Missouri

"Debby Watson is clearly among the best high school field hockey coaches of all-time," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor her as the National High School Field Hockey Coach of the Year." Watson has coached field hockey at Villa Duchesne for the past thirty years and her career record now sits one victory shy of 500 wins at 499-69-17. Watson's teams have collected eight state championships and have finished as runners-up another 17 times.В  When Villa Duchesne gets its first win next season, Watson will become only the fourth prep field hockey coach in U.S. history to get her 500th win. During her impressive career, Watson has coached over 50 athletes that have gone on to play field hockey at NCAA Division 1 institutions.

 

Girls' Golf -- Mary Flande
Sisters High SchoolВ  Sisters, Oregon

"Mary Flande is the perfect example of the thousands of coaches around this country that put their athletes before themselves," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Mary Flande as the National High School Girls Golf Coach of the Year." Flande began her coaching career in 1978 in Nunapachuk, Alaska coaching boys and girls basketball. Over the years that career has evolved to include coaching experiences in track, volleyball and golf in the state of Oregon. Now also the athletic director at Sisters High, Flande adds this national coaching award to numerous conference and regional coaching awards in her career.

 

Girls' Softball -- Glenn Rutenbar
Bartow High School - Bartow, Florida

"It is always special when a coach starts a new program and remains committed to its success," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Glenn Rutenbar as the National High School Softball Coach of the Year." Rutenbar has coached the Bartow High Yellow Jackets since the school began its softball program 17 years ago. In that span Bartow has won four state championships, 12 district titles and Rutenbar has tallied a coaching record of 453-87-1. This year's Rutenbar-coached Bartow team defended its Class 3A 2002 state championship season by posting an impressive 9-0 victory in the state final game against Navarro High. After finishing the season outscoring its opposition by a total of 267-22, Bartow (32-0-1) was also ranked No. 1 in the United States in multiple end of season prep softball polls.

 

Girls' Soccer -- Douglas Freeman
Marlborough High School - Marlborough, Massachusetts

"Anytime that a coach leads his squad to over 300 wins in his career it is an accomplishment to be celebrated," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Doug Freeman as the National High School Girls Soccer Coach of the Year." Freeman has led his teams at Marlborough High to three state championships and over 300 wins in his 22 years as the girls soccer coach. A member of his state's hall of fame for soccer coaches, Freeman has led Marlborough to 12 league championships while compiling a winning percentage of 77-percent.

 

Girls' Swimming -- Denny Hill
Pioneer High School - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Hill, a member of the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has led the Pioneer boys swim team to 12 state titles and the girls to 10 such championships. His girls squads have posted a dual-meet record of 338-31-2 for an amazing win percentage of 91-percent. In the past season the Pioneer girl's team finished the season by being ranked No. 1 in the nation.

 

Girls' Tennis -- Anni Miller 
Lakeridge High School - Lake Oswego, Oregon

"Anni Miller has continued to demonstrate a commitment to high school athletics, while also being a leader in the sport of tennis outside the prep arena," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Anni Miller as the National High School Girls Tennis Coach of the Year." Miller coached the Pacers to their second state championship in four years this past season, her 19th with Lakeridge High. The 2003 squad also won its 15th straight Three Rivers League title. Miller, who also has an outstanding reputation as a tennis teaching professional, has previously earned two international coach of the year honors and has been an Oregon Coach of the Year on four occasions.

 

Girls' Track and Field -- Bryan Westfield
Pioneer High School - Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Bryan Westfield has had Ann Arbor Pioneer competing at the very top levels of track and field from coast-to-coast for the past two decades," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Coach Westfield as the National High School Track Coach of the Year." Westfield has coached Pioneer High to 13 state championships and four runner-up finishes since 1985. He has also won more than a dozen state high school coach of the year awards in his 24-year career, and has only seen his team lose two dual meets during that same period.

 

Girls' Volleyball -- Amie Meyer
Ursuline Academy - Cincinnati, Ohio

"Amie Meyer has kept Ursuline Academy among the best teams in the state of Ohio for several years and this time was rewarded with a state championship," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Coach Meyer as the NHSCA Coach of the Year." Meyer coached the Lions of Ursuline Academy to their third state championship in school history and the first since 1993 this past season. The state championship match against rival Cincinnati St. Ursula was a rematch of the 2001 title game won by St. Ursula, and the 2002 match was a classic. After losing to St. Ursula two more times since last year's finale, the Lions won a grueling come-from-behind 1-hour, 36-minute match by a score of 11-15, 15-8, 15-13.

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