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2007 Coach of the Year
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Football -- Gary Rankin
Alcoa High School - Alcoa, Tennessee

Rankin established himself as one of the state's elite coaches in 16 seasons at Riverdale High in Murfreesboro. In 1990, he took over a Riverdale program coming off three consecutive losing seasons. After a 4-6 opening season, Rankin developed the Warriors into one of the state's top programs, leading Riverdale to Class 5A state titles in 1994, 1997, 2001 and 2004 and nine state title games, including five straight from 2000-04. His teams won 14 district/region titles and he concluded his tenure at Riverdale with a 70-game winning streak against district/region opponents. Last season, Rankin took over at Class 2A state power Alcoa High and led the Tornadoes to a 13-2 record - the losses coming to the Class 3A and Class 4A state champions - a third consecutive state title and the fifth of his career. EA Sports named Rankin, whose career record is 207-27, its National High School Coach of the Year in 2004.  

 

Baseball -- Ron Eastman
The Woodlands High School - The Woodlands, Texas

Eastman's 2006 Woodlands team, led by last year's NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year, Kyle Drabek, won the Class 5A state title, finishing with a 38-1 record and winning its final 31 games of the season. The Woodlands finished the season ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25, earning Eastman the newspaper's National Coach of the Year honors. Eastman has a 190-42 record in seven seasons at The Woodlands, winning four consecutive region and district titles. This spring, The Woodlands finished 31-6, bowing out in the region meet. In 16 years as a head coach, Eastman's record is 313-143. The National High School Baseball Coaches Association named him its National Coach of the Year in 2006.  

 

Softball -- Tony Scarbrough
Baker High School - Mobile, Alabama

In 21 seasons, Scarbrough has taken a Baker program which had never won more than 12 games in a season before he arrived to the top of the softball mountain in Alabama. During his career, which included 12 years in the slow-pitch state series before converting Baker to fast-pitch in 1999, Scarbrough has built a career record of 1,088-314 and won six Class 6A state titles - three consecutive slow-pitch titles from 1991-93 and fast-pitch crowns in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Scarbrough's last five teams own a 361-37 record. His 2005 team, perhaps the best in state history, finished 78-3 and set or tied 20 state records. This year's team broke one of those records by finishing 79-7. Prior to taking the reins at Baker, Scarbrough won over 1,000 games, 17 metro titles, eight state titles and four national titles as a Junior Olympic softball coach. He was inducted into the Mobile Softball Hall of Fame in 1992.  

 

Volleyball -- Steve Shondell
Burris Laboratory School - Muncie, Indiana

Shondell, whose father, Don, won 769 matches in 34 years as coach at Ball State University, has elevated the family tradition at the high school level. Steve Shondell just completed his 31st year at Burris and has won 18 state team titles, a total only two other schools in the nation have exceeded. His coaching record of 1,070-88 - a winning percentage of 92.5 per cent - places him seventh on the all-time victory list nationally. Shondell led Burris to its first state title in 1982, the first of eight state championships in the open era. Since Indiana established class sports in 1997, Burris has won every Class 2A state title, including its 10th in a row this year while posting a 35-5 record. From 1989 through 1992, the Golden Owls lost just one match, and finished three seasons ranked No. 1 nationally.  

 

Field Hockey -- Sue Butz-Stavin
Emmaus High School - Emmaus, Pennsylvania

The year 2005 was memorable in the 31-year coaching career of Butz-Stavin, who stands No. 2 on the sport's all-time victory list. Her Emmaus team finished with a perfect 28-0 record and won its state-best eighth state championship; Butz-Stavin recorded her 600th career victory; three of her players earned high school All-America honors; and she was named a finalist for the United States Olympic Committee's Developmental Coach of the Year award. Her career record stands at 638-69-33. This year's team shut out its first 19 opponents, finished 24-2 and advanced to the state semifinals. A member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame, Butz-Stavin's FireStyx club team won the gold medal at the National Hockey Festival, winning pool championships in the event five of the last six years.  

 

Wrestling -- Jerry Winterton
Cary High School - Cary, North Carolina

Since taking over the reins at Cary in 1982, Winterton's teams have rewritten the state record books. Cary has won 16 Class 4A dual and individual state team titles, and Winterton has coached 40 individual state champions. In 1997, 2005 and 2007, Cary swept the dual and individual state titles, and this year's team finished the season ranked No. 25 nationally by W.I.N. magazine. Winterton has coached his teams to more tournament titles - 146 - than any other coach in American high school wrestling history. His teams have posted 24 unbeaten regular seasons, and his overall record is 517-15 at Cary and 539-33 in his career. Winterton was elected to the Cary High School Hall of Fame in 1995 and the North Carolina wing of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 2004.  

 

Boys' Basketball -- Bob Hurley Sr.
St. Anthony High School - Jersey City, New Jersey

Hurley has become a coaching institution in 35 years at the helm of St. Anthony's program. This season, he became the first coach in New Jersey's storied basketball history to record his 900th career victory. His overall record is 901-102 and his teams once compiled a 66-game winning streak, a state record. His teams at St. Anthony have won nine Meet of Champions overall state titles and 24 Parochial B state crowns, both tops among New Jersey schools. St. Anthony most recently won both titles in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and his 2002 and 2004 teams finished No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25. This year's team finished 28-1, advanced to the Parochial B final and was ranked No. 7 by USA Today. Hurley's sons, Bobby and Danny, starred at Duke University and went on to NBA careers. His program was profiled in a 2004 book, The Miracle of St. Anthony, written by Adrian Wojnarowski.  

 

Girls' Basketball - Leta Andrews
Granbury High School - Granbury, Texas

This year, in her 44th season, Andrews became the all-time winningest coach in American girls basketball history. Her career record at four high schools is 1,228-254, a winning percentage of almost 83 per cent. She led Corpus Christi Calallen High to the Class 4A state championship in 1990 and her teams have advanced to seven state title games and made 16 appearances in the Sweet Sixteen state tournament. In February, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named Andrews the inaugural recipient of the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball. Andrews, who also serves as girls athletic director and teaches a dance class at Granbury, was named Walt Disney Teacher of the Year in the category of coaching, health and physical education in 1993.  

 

Boys' Cross Country -- Bill Greiten
Gillett High School - Gillett, Wisconsin

Greiten has had over 40 years of success coaching cross country and track at three Wisconsin schools. He coached the boys cross country and track teams for 32 seasons at two Racine schools - St. Catherine's High (1964-69) and Case High (1970-96). His Case teams advanced to the state tournament 18 times, winning titles in 1973, 1975 and 1989 and posting 14 top-five finishes. A co-founder of the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association, he was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1993, and into the Wisconsin Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007. In 1997, Greiten started the cross country program at Gillett, and still coaches the boys and girls high school and middle school programs. Five of his boys teams have qualified for the state meet, finishing fifth in 2003 and 2004. His girls team finished third in 2004, the school's first girls team to qualify for state in any sport.  

 

Girls' Cross Country -- Robert Ondrasek
Carroll High School - Southlake, Texas

Carroll is known as a football powerhouse, but Ondrasek has developed a prominent cross country program as well, building the combined boys and girls roster from 20 runners to more than 100. His girls teams won the Class 4A state team title in 2000 and added Class 5A crowns in 2005 and 2006, and his boys teams have finished second, third and second in state the past three seasons. His girls team finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally and his boys team No. 12 nationally by The Harrier. Ondrasek also has led Southlake to six state runnerup finishes. The Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas named Ondrasek its Class 5A Girls Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and he also earned Coach of the Year honors from the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Girls Coaches Association in 2006.  

 

Boys' Golf -- Terry Nelson
Whitefish High School - Whitefish, Montana

Nelson's teams at Whitefish swept the 2006 boys and girls Class A state team titles. It was the third time his teams had accomplished that feat, also sweeping the state crowns in 1988 and 1990. For his boys teams, it was their third consecutive state title and their third unbeaten season in a row. In 23 years at the helm, Nelson has directed seven of his boys teams to state titles. His girls teams twice won five state titles in a row - from 1986-90 and 1995-99 - and have won 12 state crowns under his direction, for a combined total of 19 state titles. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association selected Nelson as its National Golf Coach of the Year in 2006.  

 

Girls' Golf -- Dr. H. King Oehmig
The Baylor School - Chattanooga, Tennessee

A 1969 Baylor graduate and the Vicar of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Trion, Ga., Dr. Oehmig has been the Head Coach and Director of Golf at the Baylor School for the past 10 years. In that time, he has coached the Red Raiders boys and girls golf teams to 17 Division 2 state team titles. That total includes 10 crowns in the girls team's current 12-year state title streak, the longest in Tennessee high school history in any sport, and his boys teams also own a current seven-year title streak. A member of the golf teams at Baylor and at the University of Virginia, Dr. Oehmig has played in the British Amateur twice, advanced to the USGA Mid-Amateur round of 16 and won many Chattanooga-area events. Three of his golfers earned All-Conference First Team honors at Southeastern Conference schools this spring.  

 

Boys' Soccer -- Gary Montalto
Arlington High School - La Grangeville, New York

Montalto was named the National High School Division 1 Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) after coaching Arlington to its third state title in his 28th season as head coach. His team finished 25-0 this season and No. 3 in the NSCAA/adidas national rankings. Montalto also coached Arlington to state titles in 1984 and 1999, and five of his teams have advanced to the state finals. His career record of 490-78-40 places him sixth on the state's all-time victory list and in the top 30 nationally, and only two coaches in New York boys soccer history have won more state titles. Montalto is the NSCAA regional chairman for high school boys rankings and Coach of the Year committees and serves as boys soccer chairman for New York's Section 1.  

 

Girls' Soccer - Carlos Giron
St. Thomas Aquinas High School Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In 24 seasons at St. Thomas Aquinas, Giron's teams have compiled a record of 586-50-12 - second on the national victory list - and won 10 Class 5A state titles, including seven straight from 1993-99. His Raiders also won titles in 1990, 2004 and 2005. Five of Giron's teams finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally by the NSCAA, in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2004, and the Raiders own national records for goals in a season (238), consecutive victories (118), unbeaten streak (145), consecutive shutouts (26) and shutouts in a season (29). Giron received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and National Coach of the Year honors from the National Federation of State High School Associations in 1997, and was inducted into the Broward Hall of Fame in 1994.  

 

Boys' Swimming -- John Turner
Jenks High School - Jenks, Oklahoma

Turner has been a successful coach in four states, but his Jenks teams have stood out over his 22 years as swimming and water polo coach. His teams have won 20 state swimming team titles, with his boys team taking its 12th title this year under his direction. He led the Trojans boys teams to nine consecutive titles (1996-2004). His girls team finished second this year and the Trojan girls have won eight state crowns. Five times - in 1991, 1992, 2002, 2003 and 2004 - both the Jenks boys and girls teams took state titles. His swimmers own five individual and six relay state records. Three of his swimmers have competed in the Olympic Games and he has produced six NAIA national champions, 92 high school state champions and 66 high school All-Americans.  

 

Girls' Swimming -- Jean Chard
Lafayette High School - Wildwood, Missouri

Chard's teams at Lafayette have won 12 state titles and taken home 30 state trophies in his 30-year coaching career. His girls teams have been particularly successful, winning the state title this year, scoring in all 12 events for its fifth state crown in seven years. Lafayette also won four consecutive titles from 2001-04, finishing second in 2005 and 2006. Chard also coached the Lafayette boys teams from 1980-97, and in 1997 his boys and girls teams both won state titles. The National Federation of State High School Associations named Chard its National Swimming Coach of the Year in 2004.  

 

Boys' Tennis -- Tom Pullen
Pioneer High School - Ann Arbor, Michigan

It's been more than seven years - April 17, 2000, to be exact - since a Pullen-coached boys team at Pioneer lost a dual meet. They also posted tournament winning streaks of 52 and 50 straight through last season, and are favored to win a seventh consecutive Division 1 team title this spring. In the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Pullen's boys teams posted a 526-16 match record and combined for 44 state singles or doubles crowns. Now in his 17th season, Pullen's boys teams have won a total of eight state titles; his girls teams have won four state crowns and posted a seventh runnerup finish last fall. A retired dentist who was a member of the wrestling team at the University of Michigan, Pullen didn't take up tennis until the age of 35, but since then has won 10 city doubles championships. He was voted the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association's Division 1 Coach of the Year in 2006.  

 

Girls' Tennis -- Steve Paulsen
Edina High School - Edina, Minnesota

Paulsen has coached Edina's girls teams for 15 seasons, and his teams have won the last 10 Class AA state team titles, with 11 titles overall. His Hornets teams have won 108 of 109 conference dual meets, and his career record stands at 320-9. His players have won six state singles titles and six state doubles titles. In 2005, Paulsen was selected the Class AA Girls Tennis Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association. In addition to coaching girls tennis at Edina, Paulsen coaches the boys team at Eastview High in Apple Valley, and one of his players advanced to the state singles finals in 2006. He coaches eight women's league teams and three junior development groups, and has been a clinician for the United States Tennis Association at the Fort Snelling Tennis and Learning Center.  

 

Boys' Track and Field -- Joe Howell
Lisbon High School Lisbon  - North Dakota

Howell, who grew up in Lisbon in a family of nine children, was hired at his hometown high school to fill in for a teacher who was given some time off to try to sell his business. The business never sold, and Howell is still coaching track and field 29 years later - and handling athletic director duties as well. Howell also was the school's head basketball coach for eight seasons in the 1980s, started the school's cross country program without a stipend, and also coached baseball and football. But Howell's track program at Lisbon has become a small-school powerhouse, winning 26 region championships to go along with three Class B state team titles. This year's boys and girls teams finished eighth. A seven-time state Coach of the Year, Howell was selected National Track and Field Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2005.  

 

Girls' Track and Field - James Holdren
Maggie L. Walker Governor's School - Richmond, Virginia
Holdren has been coaching cross country and track for 43 years, beginning his career at the College of William and Mary while he was still a cross country runner on the team. The track and field rules interpreter for the state of Virginia, Holdren was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1988 and the Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2006, the same year he was inducted into the NHSACA Hall of Fame. Inducted into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 1993, Holdren has compiled 1,227 victories at Thomas Jefferson High in Richmond and at the Governor's School, including a 16-year undefeated streak in girls track, and is the state's all-time leading winner in girls cross country and track. He has coached 10 national record holders, 51 All-Americans, and 115 state champions.

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