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2008 Coach of the Year
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Football -- James Drewry
Booneville High School - Booneville, Mississippi

Drewry has won three state championships in two tours of duty at Booneville during a coaching career that has spanned 43 seasons. Booneville gave Drewry his first head coaching position in 1965, and he coached the Blue Devils for 14 seasons before moving on to Kossuth High. He also coached at Brandon High and Tishomingo High before returning to Booneville in 1990, winning the first of three state championships that season. His teams added back-to-back state crowns in 1999 and 2000, and have made seven trips to the state title game. With a career record of 327-151-5, including a 7-5 mark and a second-round state playoff appearance this year, Drewry is Mississippi's all-time leading winner. Elected to the Mississippi Coaches Hall of Fame in 1992, Drewry will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame this summer. He was selected Mississippi's "Coach of the Three-Quarter Century" honoree by Coach and Athletic Director magazine in 2007. Drewry, who turns 77 this month, plans to return to the Blue Devils sideline next fall for a 44th season.  


Baseball -- Jerry Boatner
West Lauderdale High School - Collinsville, Mississippi

Now in his 35th season at West Lauderdale, Boatner's 2006-07 team may have been his best. The Knights finished a school-record 38-2 to earn Boatner his 11th Class 5A state title - more than any other Mississippi baseball coach - and state Coach of the Year honors. West Lauderdale batted .398 as a team, slugged 60 home runs, featured a pitching staff with an earned-run average of 1.45 and had nine players sign college scholarships, four at Division 1 schools. They were ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25, earning Boatner the newspaper's National Coach of the Year award as well. In 39 years as a head coach, Boatner's teams have posted a record of 923-286. West Lauderdale also has four state runnerup finishes and 25 district titles under his direction.  


Softball - Wally Hausdorf
William Cullen Bryant High School - Astoria, New York

In Hausdorf's first game at Bryant, his team lost 23-0. Today, 28 seasons later, that loss is a distant memory. When his Lady Owls shut out Bronx Leadership High earlier this season, Hausdorf became the first softball coach in New York State history to post 600 career victories. At press time, his career record was 612-188, a .765 winning percentage, including a 9-3 mark in section play this year. His teams have qualified for the playoffs 25 times, won 12 division titles and made four Final Four appearances. A physical education teacher and the school's Coordinator of Student Affairs, Hausdorf also coaches Bryant's junior varsity girls volleyball and girls basketball teams. The Queens native played baseball and basketball at Middle Village Christ the King High and York College and served as head baseball coach at Baruch College and Queensborough Community College and assistant men's basketball coach at two SUNY schools, Stony Brook and Old Westbury, prior to taking the reins at Bryant.  


Volleyball -- Peg Kopec
St. Francis High School - Wheaton, Illinois

Kopec, who just completed her 33rd season, is Illinois' all-time leading winner with a career record of 961-219-2. She has led the Spartans to eight state titles, including four in a five-year span this decade (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006), and her 2007 team posted a 38-4 record and was the Class 3A state runnerup. Kopec's teams have finished second in state twice, third three times and fourth once, for a total of 14 state trophies. Her teams have won 25 regional titles, and none of her last 22 teams have posted fewer than 32 victories, including three 40-win seasons. Over 200 of her players have earned college scholarships. A member of the Illinois Girls Coaches Association and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Halls of Fame, Kopec was named National Co-Coach of the Year by in 2006.  


Field Hockey -- Robin Chandler
The Hotchkiss School - Lakeville, Connecticut

A 1987 Hotchkiss graduate who became the first girl to earn 12 varsity letters in three sports - field hockey, ice hockey and softball - at the school, Chandler, who still owns several of Hotchkiss's softball records, has built its field hockey program into a Northeast powerhouse. Last fall, the Lady Bearcats finished 19-0 and won an unprecedented sixth consecutive New England Class A title while sweeping all three postseason tournaments, the Class A meet, the Western New England Championship and the Founders League Championship, for the second straight year and the fourth time in her career. In 11 seasons, her teams own a record of 159-9-11 and have won seven Class A crowns, five Western New England crowns and nine Founders League crowns. Chandler is the school's co-athletic director and also serves as assistant ice hockey coach. The National Field Hockey Coaches Association voted Chandler its Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year the past three seasons.  


Wrestling -- Bill Jacoutot
Spencerport High School - Spencerport, New York

In his 26th season at Spencerport, Jacoutot's Rangers dominated New York State wrestling as few teams have in recent years. Spencerport finished the season 18-0, advanced five wrestlers to the Division 1 state tournament, and crowned two state champions. Spencerport also finished the season ranked 10th by W.I.N. magazine, the highest national ranking in the school's history. Jacoutot's career record is 335-28-1, and his teams own a 40-match winning streak dating back to January 2006. He has led Spencerport to nine unbeaten seasons, and none of his last 22 teams lost more than two dual meets in a season. Six of his teams - five in this decade - finished the season No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Association rankings. He has coached 31 state placewinners and 11 state champions.  


Boys' Basketball -- Dick Katte
Denver Christian High School - Denver, Colorado

With a 77-60 victory over Lafayette Peak to Peak Academy Feb. 20, Katte, 71, Colorado's all-time leading winner, earned his 800th career victory, the 10th active coach in the nation to do so, in his 44th season. His career record is 803-205, and his teams have won seven state titles, most recently back-to-back Class 3A crowns in 2005 and 2006, and a record 22 Denver Metro League crowns - even though he hasn't had a Division 1 player on his roster in 26 years. A seven-time Coach of the Year selection by the Colorado High School Coaches Association, Katte was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1999, the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame in 2005. Currently Denver Christian's assistant principal, Katte was the school's athletic director for 35 years and also served brief stints as head coach of its football, baseball and track and field teams.  


Girls' Basketball -- Dorothy Gaters
John Marshall High School - Chicago, Illinois

In 1974, 10 years after graduating from Marshall, Gaters was given a task nobody else wanted: starting a girls basketball program at the inner-city school. After 33 seasons, eight state championships and nearly two dozen state records, Gaters is a legend in her sport. As the school's athletic director, she had to replace her school's boys basketball coach just before the start of this season. Her new hire won a state championship, and so did she, leading the Lady Commandos to a 26-7 record and the state's first Class 3A state title, her first since 1999. Gaters, whose career record of 881-121 places her seventh on the national victory list, holds every Illinois state tournament record. Besides her eight state titles, those records include: state title games (11), state tournament appearances (23), consecutive appearances (12), state trophies (17) and state tournament victories (record 57-16).  


Boys' Cross Country -- Van Rose
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School - Shawnee, Kansas

Rose has been Northwest's only cross country coach since the school opened its doors in 1969. His boys teams have won 14 consecutive Class 6A state titles, the nation's second-longest active streak and second longest all-time, and 19 state titles overall, ninth all-time. He guided the Cougars to their first state title in 1977, and his boys teams have finished in the state's top four 28 times. His girls teams have been almost as successful, winning 12 state titles and recording 24 top-four finishes in the girls state meet's 31-year history. Northwest has swept the boys and girls state titles in nine seasons, most recently in 2005. He has coached seven runners to a total of 11 individual state championships. The Kansas Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association has named Rose its Cross Country Coach of the Year four times, for the boys team in 1990, 2000 and 2006 and the girls team in 1991.  


Girls' Cross Country - Jerry Popp
Willmar High School - Willmar, Minnesota

Popp joined Disa Daucsavage as co-coach at Willmar in 2004, coaching the Cardinals boys teams to Class AA state titles in 2005 and 2006, the school's first state crowns in 20 years. It was a new chapter for Popp, who built a legend when he started the cross country program at Bowman (N.D.) High in 1975. Popp's teams swept the Class B boys and girls state crowns six straight years (1979-84), one of four national and eight state records his teams own. Bowman ran to 13 double titles and 39 titles overall, and his girls teams' 25 titles are a national record. His girls track and field teams added six state crowns. The North Dakota High School Coaches Association (NDHSCA) named him Coach of the Year 21 times in girls cross country, four times in boys cross country and three times in girls track and field. Popp also started Bowman's speech program and coached it to 20 state titles. Popp was named National Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) in 1993 and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2002. He was inducted into the NDHSCA Hall of Fame in 1999, the NHSACA Hall of Fame in 2001 and the NFHS Hall of Fame in 2002.  


Boys' Golf -- Richard Gaard
Decorah High School - Decorah, Iowa

Gaard has coached golf and basketball at Decorah for 36 seasons. His golf teams have won nine Northeast Iowa Conference championships, 13 district titles and nine regional crowns, and his career record is 333-123-11. A co-founder and the Northeast Iowa representative to the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association, he was selected as its Coach of the Year in 2007, and he has been named conference Coach of the Year 10 times. The National Federation of State High School Associations named him Coach of the Year this year. Gaard also was the school's head boys basketball coach from 1995-2000 and coached both its boys and girls teams. He coached the Class 3A Iowa Dr. Pepper All-Star Team in 1998, served five years on the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors and was a volunteer assistant coach for the Luther College women's basketball team in 2004-05. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, he was attached to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, Washington D.C. In 2004, Col. Gaard was one of seven American officers to take part in the multi-national peacemaking exercise at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.  


Girls' Golf -- Carol Fromuth
St. Joseph's Academy - St. Louis, Missouri

Fromuth has had a varied coaching career. At St. Joseph's Academy, her teams had posted a record of 104-5 through last season, and have compiled three Class 2 state titles and three runnerup finishes, to go along with a third-place finish in 2006 and a fifth-place finish this season. She was named the state's Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2000 and the St. Louis Metro Boys Coach of the Year in 1985, when she was coaching at Ballwin Lafayette High. At Lafayette, Fromuth also coached Junior and Senior Powder Puff football for four years and girls basketball for 22 years, 14 on the varsity. She has taught the rules of golf to high school golf coaches in Missouri for 12 years, and is entering her ninth year as director of the Gateway PGA Junior Golf Association. Fromuth received the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association Meritorious Service Award in 1995 and the Gateway PGA Distinguished Service Award in 2003, and was named Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2006.  


Boys' Soccer -- John Kissner
Walsh Jesuit High School - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Kissner is the only boys soccer coach in Walsh Jesuit history. He started the program in 1978 and just completed his 30th season. Kissner coached the Warriors to Division 1 state titles in 1982 and 1990 and the Division 2 state crown in 2006, when his team finished 21-2. Kissner was voted Division 2 Coach of the Year by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association, also earning Coach of the Year honors from the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This year's team finished 10-5-4 and advanced to the district final. With a career record of 415-107-76, Kissner is the state's all-time leading winner. His eight state final appearances are the most of any Ohio coach, and he is one of only three coaches to have won three state championships. A native of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Kissner emigrated to Akron with his family at the age of 10.  


Girls' Soccer -- Steve Racine
Kinnelon High School - Kinnelon, New Jersey

Racine has been a girls soccer coach for 27 years. His career started with a successful 22-year run at Denville Morris Catholic High. From 1981 through 2002, Racine's teams compiled a 410-58-20 record, 17 conference championships, 14 state sectional titles, 11 state titles and six Morris County Tournament crowns. Also the school's winter and spring track and field coach, Racine's spring teams posted a 120-29 record, earning 11 conference titles and four Parochial B state titles. In 2003, Racine took on the task of building a program at Kinnelon. After his team won just one of its first eight games and posted a 22-25-5 record through three seasons, the Colts finished a school-record 19-4-1 in 2006 and won their first state title, giving Racine the most state titles (15) of any active coach in the nation. Last year, despite moving up to Group 2, Kinnelon finished 16-4-2 and advanced to the North 1 region quarterfinals, improving his career mark to 467-91-28. He also is an assistant track coach for the Colts.  


Boys' Swimming -- Marty O'Toole
St. Xavier High School - Louisville, Kentucky

A 1957 St. Xavier graduate, O'Toole was a four-time All-American and the first swimmer to win four state championships in the same event - the 100-yard breaststroke - in Kentucky high school history. After attending Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame, O'Toole, who has taught chemistry and physics at St. Xavier, coached the Tigers for two years in the early 1970s, then returned as head coach in 1989, directing St. Xavier to state titles the past 20 seasons. He has coached 23 swimmers to 49 individual state championships, along with 37 relay state titles. His swimmers set 16 state records and two national records, with 59 earning All-America status. Next season, he will switch roles with his son, Michael, becoming his assistant coach. Michael O'Toole served as his father's assistant for more than a decade.  


Girls' Swimming -- Pete Higgins
The Westminster Schools - Atlanta, Georgia

Higgins has become an institution in his 48 years as coach of the boys and girls swimming teams at Westminster. His teams have won nearly 600 dual meets, and both his boys and girls teams have won 19 Class 1-4A state team titles, a total of 38 state crowns. Higgins' teams have swept the boys and girls titles eight times, including four straight from 2003-06. His girls teams won six straight crowns from 2001-06 and were state runners-up the past two seasons, while his boys teams own a current six-year title streak. More than 100 of his swimmers have become high school or independent school All-Americans, three of his swimmers have gone on to become members of the U.S. Olympic Team and his swimmers hold four all-class state records, three of them owned by the girls team. Named Coach of the Year four times in the past decade by the Georgia High School Swimming Coaches Association, Higgins was named Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School State Associations in 1989 and was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Circle of Achievement in 1997.  


Boys' Tennis -- Preston Jackson, Jr.
Boys Latin School - Baltimore, Maryland

Jackson just completed his first year as head coach at Boys Latin. Prior to that, he coached the boys and girls teams at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute for 12 seasons, where he taught aero science and physics of flight. He led his teams to nine District 9 team championships, including seven in a row. They were undefeated for four consecutive seasons, winning 78 of 80 matches at one stretch. A member of the U.S. High School Tennis Coaches Association Board of Directors, Jackson was named the Mid-Atlantic High School Coach of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2006, and its National High School Coach of the Year in 2001. A tennis professional for 28 years and a former Air Force coach and player, Jackson serves as Tennis Director at the Potomac Woods Swim Club in Rockville, MD.  


Girls' Tennis -- Ed Yarbrough
Jasper High School - Jasper, Indiana
Overall, Yarbrough has coached 37 years at Jasper. Last fall, he finished his 34th season at the helm of the boys tennis team; this spring marks his 21st leading the girls squad. He is the state's all-time winningest coach with 813 dual-meet victories - 501 with the boys team and 312 with the girls. The Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTeCA) named him District 5 Girls Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2007 and bestowed him with state Coach of the Year honors in 2007 after his team finished 19-1 and third in the state team tournament. This year's team is ranked No. 4 in the state. Both of his state championships came in 1999 - a girls doubles title in the spring and a boys team crown in the fall. His teams also boast five state runnerup finishes - the boys in 1985 and 1987 and the girls in 1992, 2002 and 2003. Inducted into the IHSTeCA Hall of Fame in 1994, Yarbrough started his Jasper coaching career as an assistant football coach in 1971 and 1972.  


Boys' Track and Field -- Warren Mitchell
Limon High School - Limon, Colorado

If coaching is the "Fountain of Youth," then Mitchell has found it. At 85, he is completing his 55th season as the school's track and field coach. His boys track team has won 12 Class 2A state titles, most recently back-to-back crowns in 2004 and 2005, and the Denver Rocky Mountain News named him All-Colorado Boys Coach of the Year in 2005. Mitchell also coached football for 37 seasons at Limon, 10 as the head coach, and posted a 399-162 record and won four state championships in 24 seasons as head basketball coach. Mitchell has won over 700 games and 27 team championships in his coaching career. He was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1986, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2001, and will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame this summer. He was selected Colorado's "Coach of the Three-Quarter Century" honoree by Coach and Athletic Director magazine in 2007.  


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

Westfield started Pioneer's girls track program in 1979 and has built it into a powerhouse. Under his direction, the Pioneers are trying for their third consecutive Division 1 state title, which would be their 16th overall. His Pioneers have finished first or second in state every year since 1994, have finished in the top three every year since 1984 and have lost just two regular-season meets. He has been selected Coach of the Year 17 times by the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA), 15 times in track and twice in cross country - his teams own four state titles in that sport - and he was inducted into the MITCA Hall of Fame in 2006. Westfield was named the National Federation of State High School Associations Coach of the Year in 2002. A Pioneer graduate, he played briefly for the NFL's New York Giants after graduating from Cornell University. The biology teacher also leads the school's gospel choir.

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