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2005 Coach of the Year
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Baseball -- Stan McKeever
La Cueva High School - Albuquerque, New Mexico

In addition to going unbeaten and winning back-to-back Class 5A state titles in 2003 and 2004, McKeever's La Cueva team set a national high school record by winning 70 consecutive games - a streak that began in 2002 and ended this spring. When they beat Albuquerque Highland High 15-1 in the first game of a doubleheader April 2 before a crowd of more than 1,000, they eclipsed New York (NY) Archbishop Molloy High's 68-game winning streak, set from 1963-66. The 2003 team earned a No. 8 final ranking from USA Today, with the 2004 team finishing No. 6. The streak was ended in a 17-8 loss to Albuquerque Rio Grande High April 4, but the Bears were still alive to win a third straight state title at press time.  

 

Field Hockey -- Amy Longley
Hathaway Brown School - Shaker Heights, Ohio

A 27-year coaching veteran with a career record of 273-43-57, Longley has continued the tradition of excellence at the Hathaway Brown School. Her 2002 team was the Ohio state champion, and she was voted Field Hockey Coach of the Year by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Her 2003 and 2004 teams advanced to the state semifinals. A member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Field Hockey Advisory Committee, Longley received the OHSAA's Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award in 1996. The NFHS named her its Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 2004.

 

Football -- Charles "Corky" Rogers
The Bolles School - Jacksonville, Florida

Rogers, 61, is the winningest coach in football-mad Florida. When his 2004 team won the Class 2A state title, it was his sixth state crown in 18 years at the helm - the others coming in 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2002. He also has two runner-up finishes, and his teams have made the playoffs 16 consecutive seasons. He owns Florida records for state titles (6), playoff victories (41) and career victories (record 326-65-1). A member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Rogers is being inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame this year.  

 

Softball -- James McClanahan
Fort Bend Elkins High School - Missouri City, Texas

At press time, McClanahan's Elkins High squad was four victories away from a second consecutive 39-0 season record, a second consecutive Class 5A state title and a second consecutive finish in the No. 1 spot in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) High School Top 25. McClanahan and his assistant coaches were named the Speedline/NFCA High School National Coaching Staff of the Year in 2004. Should Elkins repeat, McClanahan, completing his 11th season, would be 143-10 in his last four seasons. His 2003 team was a state semifinalist.  

 

Volleyball -- Brenda LeBlanc
St. Joseph's Academy - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

In 22 years as a head coach, the last 11 at St. Joseph's Academy, LeBlanc has compiled a career record of 721-171 and her teams won a combined 12 state titles. St. Joseph's Academy has won the last four Class 5A titles, something no Division I school has ever done, and also won the 1998 title and finished second in 1999. Before coming to St. Joseph's Academy, LeBlanc directed Episcopal School of Acadiana to seven consecutive Division V Class B titles in 11 years. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) named her its Coach of the Year in 2004.  

 

Wrestling -- Roy Hall
Davison High School - Davison, Michigan

Hall has built his alma mater, Davison High, into not only a state, but a national power. This year, the Cardinals won their fourth consecutive Division I dual-team state title and fifth in the past six years. His last three teams have finished in W.I.N. Magazine's top 15 nationally, and three of his wrestlers, Paul Donahoe and brothers Chase and Brent Metcalf, have been voted Asics All-America First Team members. A two-time state champion himself, Hall was a Junior National Greco-Roman champion, seventh in the Junior World Championships, and a four-time NCAA qualifier at Michigan State University. In the past six years, he has coached 13 Division I state champions and 41 place winners.  

 

Boys' Basketball - Robert Hughes
Dunbar High School - Fort Worth, Texas

Hughes, 76, retired this season as the nation's all-time winningest coach with 1,333 victories and a winning percentage of .840. His 47-year coaching career saw him win five state titles overall - in 1993 and 2003 at Dunbar High and in 1963, 1965 and 1967 at Fort Worth Terrell High. He was inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame in 2003, and also has been enshrined in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.  

 

Girls' Basketball -- Brad Smith
Oregon City High School - Oregon City, Oregon

Under Smith, Oregon City High has become one of the nation's most prestigious girls basketball programs. In 26 years at the helm, Smith guided Oregon City to a 602-91 record and nine Class 4A state titles between 1992 and 2003. This year's team finished 24-6 and third in the state, Oregon City's 18th state tournament trophy. Eight of Smith's teams finished the season ranked in USA Today's top five, and his 1995, 1996 and 1997 teams were national champions, with Smith named the newspaper's Coach of the Year all three years. He was head coach of the West squad in USA Basketball's Women's Youth Developmental Festival in 2004.  

 

Boys' Cross Country -- Davis Eidahl
Pekin High School - Packwood, Iowa

A four-year letterwinner in three sports - cross country, basketball and track and field - in college, Eidahl has coached cross country and track for 41 years, all but one at Pekin High. His teams have won five state championships - three in cross country and two in track - and he has been named state and regional Coach of the Year a combined 16 times in the two sports. He was inducted into the Iowa Association of Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2001. Also a champion race walker, he was an Olympic Trials qualifier in 1972 and has won over 300 races in his career. He is a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's National Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year.  

 

Girls' Cross Country -- Mike Woolsey
Lumen Christi High School - Jackson, Michigan

Since taking over the program in 1979, Woolsey has taken 24 teams to the state tournament. His teams won state titles in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990 and 1991 and have finished second four times, most recently last fall, an accomplishment which earned him state Coach of the Year honors. He has overcome adversity in his own life, finishing fourth in the state tournament as a Lumen Christi High senior in 1973, less than three months after sustaining life-threatening injuries in an automobile accident. The NFHS named him its National Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2004, and he is a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's National Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year.  

 

Boys' Golf -- Rob Prentiss
St. Charles North High School - St. Charles, Illinois

Competing in one of the most competitive areas of the Chicago suburbs, Prentiss led the unified St. Charles High program to Class AA state titles in 1991 and 1998. The Saints finished in the state's top five nine times between 1988 and 1999. When St. Charles High split into two four-year schools in 2000, Prentiss moved to brand-new St. Charles North High to build a program. His 2002 team was regional champion and his 2003 and 2004 teams also advanced to sectional competition.  

 

Girls' Golf -- Sister Lynn Winsor
Xavier College Preparatory School - Phoenix, Arizona

Winsor's record at Xavier has been matched by few coaches anywhere. Her teams have won 23 of the last 25 Class 5A state titles, including the last seven in a row, and were runners-up the other two years. Also Xavier's athletic director, Winsor was awarded the Citation of Excellence by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in 1989 and is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arizona State University Alumni Association.  

 

Boys' Soccer -- 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.  

 

Girls' Soccer -- Rusty Taylor
University High School - San Francisco, California

Taylor, 58, is believed to have won more soccer games than any other American high school coach. A Philadelphia native who played five sports at Friends Central School, Taylor has coached the boys and girls teams at University High since 1979. He earned his 1,000th career victory in October 2003, and his record at the time stood at 1,000-175-105 (.851 winning percentage), with his girls teams earning 554 of those victories. His boys teams have won four North Coast Section Class A state titles, most recently in 2004. He has coached 20 High School All-Americans, including World Cup player Tiffany Roberts and former WUSA star Megan Horvath.  

 

Boys' Swimming -- Mark Onstott
New Trier High School - Winnetka, Illinois

A 30-year coaching veteran who also has coached in Iowa and Texas, Onstott has coached New Trier High's boys team since 1995. His 2004 team won the state title and his 2005 team finished third. At New Trier, his teams have posted a 103-8-1 dual meet record, won 10 conference titles, eight sectional titles and have earned nine top-10 state meet finishes. He has coached 63 all-state swimmers and 47 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) All-Americans. In 2003, he also took over the girls program, which has finished second, third and fourth in the state meet. A five-time Illinois Coach of the Year, he is the current NISCA president.  

 

Girls' Swimming -- Andy Pedersen
Hamilton Southeastern High School - Fishers, Indiana
Pedersen's teams at Hamilton Southeastern High have finished in the state's top 10 every year since 1999, including four top-five finishes. This year's team finished second in the state tournament and his 200-meter medley relay team set a state record in that event. The Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association voted him its girls Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and he is also a five-time Region Coach of the Year.  

 

Boys' Tennis-- Don Barnes
Bishop O'Gorman High School - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

In two separate coaching stints - from 1972-79 and 1995 to the present - Barnes's boys teams at O'Gorman High have finished in the state's Class A top 10 every one of his 18 seasons. Fourteen of those were top five finishes, and his 2003 team won the state title. He also coached the girls tennis team from 1976-79, winning the state title each of those four seasons. Barnes was inducted into the South Dakota Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001 and was voted the Coach of the Year in 2003. His wife, Kate, has coached O'Gorman's girls teams for five seasons, leading them to two runner-up state finishes, two third-place finishes and a fourth-place finish.  

 

Girls' Tennis -- Kristie Stevens
Catalina Foothills High School - Tucson, Arizona

Stevens' Catalina Foothills High team recently won its sixth consecutive Class 4A state title. During the regular season, they also established statewide supremacy with a 7-2 victory over the two-time Class 5A team champion, Tucson Salpointe High. Stevens also coached the individual state champions in singles and doubles four straight years, from 2001-04.  

 

Boys' Track and Field -- 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.  

 

Girls' Track and Field - Dan Kuiper
Valley Christian High School -- Chandler, Arizona

Kuiper has built a small-school powerhouse in the Phoenix area. Last weekend, his girls team won its 11th consecutive Class 2A state title and 14th overall since 1992. His teams also have one runner-up and one third-place finish. In 2002, Kuiper also assumed the boys head coaching duties and has led them to four titles in a row as well.

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