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2006 Coach of the Year
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Baseball -- Scott Salow
Homer High School - Homer, Michigan

In the past two years, Salow's teams have put this small school- just 334 students- in south central Michigan on the national high school sports map. After going 38-0 and winning the Division 3 state title in 2004, Homer went on to win its first 37 games in 2005, putting together a 75-game winning streak that broke a 40-year state record and also set a national high school record. The previous record of 70 consecutive victories, set by Albuquerque (N.M.) La Cueva High and last year's NHSCA National High School Coach of the Year, Stan McKeever, had lasted just two months. Saginaw Nouvel Catholic High ended Homer's streak in the state finals. The head coach at Homer the past five seasons, Salow entered this season with a record of 147-19. He was named Division 3 Coach of the Year by the Michigan High School Coaches Association and District 4 Coach of the Year by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association.  

 

Field Hockey -- Diane Chapman 
Garden City High School - Garden City, New York

Chapman's teams at Garden City have established a standard of excellence during her 14 seasons as head coach. This year's team finished 19-0 and dethroned two-time defending state champion Setauket Ward-Melville High en route to the state title, her fourth at the school. Chapman has led Garden City to a 224-21-21 record and state championships in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2005. She was named Coach of the Year by Newsday, and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association named her its North Region Coach of the Year.  

 

Football -- Randy Allen
Highland Park High School - Dallas, Texas

Allen, also the athletic director at Highland Park, has been a football coach for over 25 years. Since arriving at Highland Park in 1999, his teams have an overall record of 80-9 and won the 2005 Class 4A state title, the school's first state football title in 48 years. Highland Park finished 15-0, and its 59-0 championship-game victory over Marshall High was the most lopsided in state final history. Allen previously coached 19 seasons at Ballinger High, Brownwood High and his alma mater, Abilene Cooper High, leading Cooper to the state finals in 1996. His career record is 234-65-6. Inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor this year, Allen recently published a book about coaching: "Coaching by the Book: The Purpose and Passion of a High School Coach."  

 

Softball -- Jeff Griffith
Cactus High School - Glendale, Arizona

Griffith has built a powerhouse in the Phoenix area during his 23 years as head coach. Entering this season, his teams at Cactus have an overall record of 479-161-7 and won five Class 4A state titles, in 1987, 1989, 1994, 2003 and 2004. Cactus also finished as the state runner-up in 1988, 1995 and 2002 and has won 13 region titles. After bowing out in the region final a year ago, this year's team, led by the nation's top senior catcher, Stacie Chambers, is ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) High School Top 25.  

 

Volleyball -- Louise Crocco
Cardinal Gibbons High School - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In 38 years as a head coach, Crocco built Cardinal Gibbons into a Florida volleyball powerhouse. She has led Cardinal Gibbons to 17 state titles, and her teams sported state title streaks of four, six and five straight. This year's team was 28-2 and advanced to the Class 4A state quarterfinals, giving her a career record of 1,074-119- a winning percentage of more than 90 per cent- and more than 100 of her players have earned college scholarships. Also the school's athletic director, Crocco has been named Coach of the Year by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) 18 times. She was inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1998, and in 2005 became the first woman to be inducted into the FACA Hall of Fame. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association named her its National Coach of the Year in 1988.  

 

Wrestling - Mike Polz
Carl Sandburg High School - Orland Park, Illinois

Polz recently completed his 18th season as a head coach, and his 14th at Carl Sandburg. This season, he led the Eagles to a 33-0 record and their second consecutive Class AA dual-team state championship. In the individual state tournament, Polz coached three state champions and five Eagles advanced to the finals, a Class AA record. Carl Sandburg currently boasts a 51-match winning streak over two seasons, and Polz's last four teams have a combined record of 103-3 and have been unbeaten in the regular season against Illinois opponents. Polz also coached at New Lenox Providence High for four seasons, leading the Celtics to the 1989 Class AA title and a runner-up finish in 1990. His career dual-meet record is 400-45, and he has coached 13 individual state champions and 45 placewinners.  

 

Boys' Basketball - Jack Keefer
Lawrence North High School - Indianapolis, Indiana

Keefer has been a high school coach for 34 years, and few coaches have enjoyed a three-year run as successful. His Lawrence North team finished 29-0 and won its third consecutive Class 4A state title, a feat only two other schools in Indiana's distinguished basketball history have matched. Lawrence North finished the season with a 45-game overall winning streak, tying the state record. Keefer's team became the first Indiana school in the 25-year history of USA Today's Boys Basketball Super 25 to finish the season ranked No. 1, and the newspaper also named Keefer its National Coach of the Year. His career record is 583-227 and his teams have won four state titles, six regional titles and 14 sectional titles.  

 

Girl's Basketball -- Bob Mackey
Christ the King High School - Queens, New York

In seven years at the helm at Christ the King, Mackey has had about as good a run as anyone could imagine. His teams have an overall record of 183-13. This season, Mackey led Christ the King to its second consecutive New York State Federation Class AA title and a second finish stop the USA Today Girls Basketball Super 25, and the newspaper also named Mackey its National Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. Christ the King has won state, diocesan and league titles in each of Mackey's seven seasons. Mackey serves as dean of boys at Christ the King.  

 

Boys' Cross Country -- Rick Baker
Hopi High School Keams - Canyon, Arizona

Coaching in a culture which embraces the physical and spiritual benefits of running, Baker's teams have been virtually perfect during his tenure. Since a state runner-up finish in 1989, Baker's Hopi teams have won the past 16 state championships. After winning 11 straight Class A-2A state titles from 1990-2000, Hopi moved up to Class 3A in 2001 and continued to dominate, winning five more state crowns. For over a decade, Baker also has coached the junior men's teams that compete in national cross-country events for Wings of America, an American Indian youth development program established in 1988 to reach the most "at risk" population in the United States- American Indian youth.  

 

Girls' Cross Country - Mark Logan
RHAM Regional High School - Hebron, Connecticut

Logan has coached RHAM's girls cross country and track teams since 1981. His cross country teams have won four Class M state titles, in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997, and also have posted five state runner-up finishes. This year's team finished fourth in state. The Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) voted Logan its Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1992 and its Girls Track Coach of the Year in 1996. Logan served as CHSCA president during the 2003-04 school year. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association named him its National Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2005.

 

Boys' Golf -- Marty Donlon
St. Xavier High School - Louisville, Kentucky

Donlon has been St. Xavier's golf coach for more than 35 years and has led the Tigers to five state team titles in the past eight years, and 11 state crowns overall. His 2005 team finished third in state. Entering last season, Donlon's teams had an overall meet record of 1,165-61 and had won eight consecutive region titles. A 1956 St. Xavier graduate, Donlon is a member of the school's Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2003. He also serves as manager of the state golf tournament. In addition to his golf coaching duties, Donlon also was St. Xavier's head basketball coach for 10 seasons and remains on the staff as an assistant coach.  

 

Girls' Golf -- Jim Garrett
Penn High School - Mishawaka, Indiana
Garrett's teams have taken the state's girls golf world by storm during the decade. This year's team won its second consecutive state team title and third in four years, setting state scoring records with a Day 2 score of 301 and a 36-hole tournament score of 314, winning the crown by 32 strokes. Penn was 11-0 during the season and also set a sectional scoring record. Garrett's alma mater, Ball State University, has awarded him state High School Golf Coach of the Year honors for the past five years. Garrett also served as the District 2 Golf Committee representative for the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association during the 2003-04 school year.  

 

Boys' Soccer -- Dave Pinkham
Gilford High School - Gilford, New Hampshire

In 29 years at the helm, Pinkham's teams can be found both in the state and in the national record books. From 1990-97, Gilford won 133 consecutive games, a national high school record, and Pinkham directed Gilford to 10 consecutive state titles from 1987-96, also a national record. This year's team finished 20-0 and won the Class M state title, Pinkham's 13th at the school. His career record is 452-38-20. A member of the New Hampshire Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Pinkham was named the National High School Boys Soccer Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2004.  

 

Girls' Soccer -- Laura Rountree
M. Stoneman Douglas High School - Parkland, Florida

Rountree's 15th season at Douglas was a record-setting one. Her 2006 team finished 23-1-1 and won its fourth consecutive Class 6A state title, becoming the first public school to win four straight in Florida. Her career record is 392-58-32, with 332 of those victories coming at Douglas, and her teams have won 13 consecutive district titles and made 10 appearances in the state's Final Four. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America's South Region Division 1 Coach of the Year in 2005, Rountree was voted Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers for the third time in four years, and is the only coach to win the award in back-to-back years in its 14-year history.  

 

Boys' Swimming -- Brian Metheny
Sunnyslope High School - Phoenix, Arizona

Metheny has been coaching for more than 30 years, and has spent the last 24 building Sunnyslope's boys and girls teams. His hard work came to fruition this year as the two teams swept the Class 4A, Division 2 boys and girls titles. With NHSCA National High School Girls Swimming Senior Athlete of the Year Alexandra Clarke leading the way, Sunnyslope edged Phoenix Arcadia High 375-356 for the girls title. The boys team nearly doubled the score of runner-up Cottonwood Mingus High, 443-233 as all three relay teams swam to victory. Prior to moving to Sunnyslope, Metheny coached Phoenix Washington High to four consecutive state titles from 1973-76.  

 

Girls' Swimming -- John Casadia
Vineland Regional High School - Vineland, New Jersey

Casadia is retiring this season after starting the school's swimming program over 30 years ago and elevating it to state and national prominence. Casadia's teams won six state team titles, and his swimmers won 12 individual state championships and 28 state relay crowns. Twenty of his swimmers went on to become individual All-Americans and 16 became relay All-Americans. Casadia's commitment to building strong teams produced 489 overall dual-meet wins- tops among New Jersey swimming coaches. His boys teams once won 205 consecutive conference meets, and his girls teams won the final 61 dual meets of his career.  

 

Boys' Tennis -- Tim Mang
Corona del Mar High School - Newport Beach, California

Mang is completing his 35th season as one of California's most distinguished high school tennis coaches. The coach of Corona del Mar's boys team since 1993, Mang's teams have a dual-meet record of 282-38, nine league titles, and 12 consecutive appearances in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state team tournament, winning titles in 1999, 2001 and 2003. His 1998 team, which shared the state title, was ranked No. 4 nationally and his 1999 team No. 2, and seven of his players became high School All-Americans. He also coached Corona del Mar's girls team from 1995-98, with his 1997 team winning the CIF state title and finishing the season ranked No. 1 nationally. Mang began his coaching career at Huntington Beach Edison High, going 290-90 and winning nine league titles in 17 seasons. In 1982, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association named him its Western States Coach of the Year and its National Coach of the Year First Runner-up, as well as California Coach of the Year.  

 

Girls' Tennis -- Michael Kypriss
Dr. Michael Krop High School - Miami, Florida

Kypriss has coached nine state championship teams in a career spanning more than 20 seasons. Between 1987 and 1995, his girls teams at Miami Killian High won six Class 4A titles and added three state runner-up finishes. His boys teams were state champions in 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Kypriss moved on to Dr. Krop, with his boys team winning the 2004 state title. The boys and girls teams each have two runner-up finishes to their credit as well, and both teams have qualified for this month's state team championships. Overall, his teams have combined for more than 850 victories. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association selected Kypriss as its Southeast Region Coach of the Year this year. Also the founder and owner of the Michael Kypriss Junior Tennis Academy, located in Aventura, FL., Kypriss was selected Florida Coach of the Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in 1996 and was a USTA National Coach of the Year finalist in 1991.  

 

Boys' Track and Field -- 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.  

 

Girls' Track and Field -- Ed Bowie
Central High School - Capitol Heights, Maryland

No Maryland girls coach has been more successful than Bowie. His team won the Class 2A-1A indoor track title this year, Bowie's 16th indoor track title overall, and he was named Coach of the Year by the Washington Post. Six of his teams have scored state runner-up finishes. Bowie's outdoor track teams have won 13 state titles, including 12 straight from 1981-92, to go along with five runner-up finishes. Bowie also coached the boys outdoor team to five state titles between 1976 and 1985, and he has won a total of 41 state titles in cross country and indoor and outdoor track.

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