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2014 Coach of the Year
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Baseball -- Ken Frank

Toms River South High School - Toms River, New Jersey

This past season Ken Frank became the first high school baseball coach in New Jersey to pass the 800 win milestone.  Frank, who took over the reigns of the Toms River South baseball program in 1978, finished the 2014 season with a career record of 806-262-3 in 36 seasons.  Ken’s brother Bill Frank (502-279-2), resigned at the end of the current school year after coaching in the same New Jersey community at Toms River East High School.  Together, the Frank brothers have won a combined 1308 high school baseball games. Current Cincinnati Red Todd Frazier is Ken Frank’s most famous alum.



Boys' Basketball -- Gary McKnight
Mater Dei High School - Santa Ana, California

Coach McKnight, who has a .921 winning percentage in 32 seasons as the head coach at Mater Dei, led the Monarchs to their fourth straight California state championship this past season.  McKnight led Mater Dei to a perfect 35-0 record during the 2013-14 season, and now owns 995 overall victories, which puts him 13th on the all-time wins list, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.  McKnight’s teams have won 31 league titles, 22 Southern Section titles and 11 overall state titles.  Each of his last ten teams have won 30 games or more.

 

 

Girls' Basketball -- Mike Kopp
Allentown Central Catholic High School - Allentown, Pennsylvania

Coach Kopp became the first girls’ basketball coach in Pennsylvania history to top the 900-win plateau this past season.  Kopp, who has led the Vikettes to five Pennsylvania state championships in 34 years at the school, led the school to a 23-5 record this past season.  Kopp now owns 917 lifetime victories with an overall record of 843-190 at Allentown Central Catholic.  Under Kopp, Allentown Central Catholic has reached the PIAA state tournament 29 times.


 

Boys' Cross Country -- Mark Wieczorek
Gig Harbor High School - Gig Harbor, Washington

Mark Wieczorek led the Gig Harbor Tides to the Nike Cross Nationals title in the most contested championship in United States history in 2013. Gig Harbor defeated eventual Indoor National Champion Christian Brothers Academy of New Jersey and eventual Postal National Champion Brentwood High School from Tennessee for the national championship at the NXN in 2013.  Wieczorek, who never competed in cross country in high school, took over the Gig Harbor program in 2011 and has built it into a national power in three short years.  Wieczorek, who took-up competitive running while at Nazarene University, an NAIA school, ran for Team USA in the 4X800 World Relays in May 2014.



 

Girls' Cross Country -- Dave Emmans
Wayzata High School - Plymouth, Minnesota

Dave Emmans was the leader of the Wayzata girls’ cross country team that dethroned seven-time defending national champions Fayetteville Manlius High School from New York.  Wayzata, which called itself “Team of Steel” while posing in Superman t-shirts last season, claimed the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) National Championship in 2013.  Wayzata defeated Fayetteville Manlius 108-120 to cap a perfect season at the NXN.  Emmans, who has led Wayzata to back-to-back Minnesota 2A state championships, has been the program’s head coach for 22 years.

 

 

Field Hockey -- Tara Worley
Lakeland High School - Suffolk, Virginia

Coach Worley, who retired at the end of the 2013 season, built Lakeland High School field hockey program into one of the best in the State of Virginia during her 15-years as head coach of the Lady Cavaliers.  Worley’s lifetime record stands at 250-46-3 with her 2010 squad winning Virginia’s Class AAA state title.  In addition to the 2010 state title, Worley coached her girls to two regional championships, 13 regular season Southeastern District titles, 12 district titles and one conference championship.

 

 

Football -- Tom Westerberg
Allen High School - Allen, Texas 

Coach Westerberg led the Allen Eagles to the school’s second straight Texas Class 5A, Division I title in 2013.  In 10 years as the leader of the Eagles, Westerberg’s teams have won three state titles in Texas’ biggest classification. Allen’s overall record under Westerberg is 118-16 with eight of his ten seasons as head coach ending with at least ten victories.  By finishing a perfect 16-0 in 2013, Allen will bring a 27-game win streak into the 2014 season. With the return of several key players including all-state quarterback Kyler Murray, the Allen Eagles are expected to challenge for a third straight state title.

 


Boys' Golf -- George Bitner
Spring Lake High School - Spring Lake, Michigan

This past school year saw George Bitner coach his 50th year of high school golf. Bitner, who is 77 years old and showing no signs of wanting to retire, started the Spring Lake boys’ golf team in 1969 and the girls program in 1980.  Along the way, he has coached both teams to over 1,000 victories.  During an interview in the spring, Bitner figured that he had been behind the wheel of the school van for about 115,000 miles.  In that same interview, he said he still has about five years left in him and the 2014 girls’ team is expected to challenge for a state team title after finishing third in Michigan’s Division 3 finals last year.

 


Girls' Golf -- Dave Gianferante
Notre Dame Academy - Hingham, Massachusetts 

Dave Gianferante’s Notre Dame Academy team won the 2014 Massachusetts team title, which was its 12 in the last 13 years.  Prior to finishing fourth during the 2013 season, Gianferante’s teams had won 11 straight state titles while going 212-6 in team play that included 10 undefeated season and a 188-match win streak, which is the longest ever in high school girls’ golf.   Gianferante is listed third by the National Federation of High School Association’s all-time girls’ golf wins list with a record of 241-11.

 

 

Boys' Soccer -- Greg Vitello

De Smet High School - St. Louis, Missouri

Greg Vitello outlasted eight United States’ presidents while coaching 46-years at De Smet Jesuit High School.  During those four-plus decades, Vitello coached boys’ soccer, baseball, football, swimming and track & field. Vitello retires third on America’s all-time boys’ soccer wins list with 763 victories.  His career record is 763-296-135 in soccer.  Five of his players played on the U.S. National Soccer Teams.  In baseball, he coached two future MLB players – 2003 American League batting champ Bill Mueller and Bob Keppel. Vitello retired at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

 

 

Girls' Soccer -- Paul Heenehan
Ramapo High School - Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

America’s winningest girls’ high school soccer coach, Paul Heenehan and his Ramapo girls’ soccer team finished runner-up in New Jersey’s Group 3 classification in 2013.  In 30 years at the helm, Heenehan has led the school to 12 state championships and one national championship while amassing a record of 691 wins. With a lifetime record of 691-81-23, Heenehan will have a chance next year to become the first girls’ soccer coach in America to win 700 games.


 

Softball -- Monte Sherrill
Alexander Central High School - Taylorsville, North Carolina 

Monte Sherrill, who won his 700th career game in 2013, has made a habit out of winning. This past year Sherrill led Alexander Central to its second straight North Carolina Class 4-A state title while running its win streak to 67 straight.  Counting his time at Central Cabarrus High School in the 90’s, Sherrill’s teams own a record of 724-59 for a winning percentage of .925.

 

 

Boys' Swimming -- Joe Pereira
Skyline High School - Salt Lake City, Utah

The 2013-14 swim season say Joe Pereira add to his impress coaching resume by leading Skyline boys’ and girls’ swim teams to Utah Class 4A state titles.  In all, since taking over at Skyline in 2005, Pereira’s boys teams have won four state crowns, while this year’s girls’ title was the seventh overall and third in a row.  Prior to coming to the Skyline school, Pereira was the head coach at Cyprus High School where he led the boys’ team to two Utah state championships in 2000 and 2001.


 

Girls' Swimming -- Rich Blanc & Ron Blanc (Co-Head Coaches)
Santa Margarita Catholic High School - Rancho Santa Margarita, California 

Coaching swimming is a family affair at Santa Margarita Catholic High School where Rich and Ron Blanc have shared the head coaching duties for more than a decade.  The duo’s sister Renee Blanc is the girls’ JV head coach.  Together Rich (17 years) and Ron (19 years) have built the Eagles’ swim programs into the one of the best in Southern California and therefore the country.  This past year the girls’ team won its 15th straight Trinity League title along with the CIF-SS Division 1 title. The two have coached 41 All-Americans and 226 All-CIF swimmers.

 


Boys' Tennis -- Rusty Komori
Punahou School - Honolulu, Hawaii 

When it comes to tennis in Hawaii, Rusty Komori has built a program that is second to none, including on the mainland.  During the 2013-14 season, Komori led the Punahou boys’ and girls’ tennis teams to their 12th straight state titles with the boys winning their 21st straight overall under Komori.  The Punahou boys have won 24 straight state titles, which is a national record.  Overall, Punahou has won 46 boys’ state titles and 40 girls’ state titles.

 

 

Girls' Tennis -- Fr. Frank Kissel
Marist High School - Atlanta, Georgia

Father Frank Kissel has led Marist to be one of the best girls’ tennis programs in his 25-plus years as the program’s head coach.  This past year, Father Kissel led the Lady War Eagle team to its fourth state title in five years.  From 1995-2006, Kissel led his teams to 12 straight state titles, which ranks as the third longest consecutive title streak in America.  This year state championship of Father Kissel’s 18th.  His overall record stands at 508-69.

 


Boys' Track & Field -- Alex Armeteros
St. Thomas Aquinas - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Alex Armenteros has built both the boys’ and girls’ programs at St. Thomas Aquinas into national powers.  In 2013-14, both squads won their respective Florida Class 3A/4A state championships.  This year’s boys’ title was the fourth in the last five years for the Raiders.

 

Girls' Track & Field -- Don Norford
Long Beach Poly - Long Beach, California

Don Norford, who has been the head track and field coach at Long Beach Poly since 1976, went into retirement as a champion.  Norford finished his coaching career leading the Poly Lady Jackrabbits to the school’s 14th California state title overall, and sixth in the last seven years.  Norford, who also coached the boys, won five overall boys’ CIF championships, giving him 19 overall California state championships.  Norford has also been an assistant coach of the powerful Long Beach Poly football team where he coached 45 former and current NFL players.

 

Volleyball -- Rick Lorenz
Portland Central Catholic High - Portland, Oregon

Rick Lorenz is a Oregon Hall of Fame coach who has spent 39-years as a high school volleyball head coach, the last 27 as the leader of the Portland Central Catholic girls’ team.  During that time, Lorenz has won over 1,100 matches.  This past season, PCC finished runner-up in Oregon’s 6A classification. Portland Central Catholic under Lorenz won three straight state titles from 2009 to 2011.  Overall, Lorenz has won five state titles at PCC, plus another five at cross-town rival St. Mary’s Academy.

 

Wrestling -- Dave Dean
Lowell High School - Lowell, Michigan

In nine years, Dave Dean built Lowell into a state and national wrestling power that produced numerous state champs and student-athletes that have been awarded Division I scholarships.  Dean, who resigned after the 2013-14 season to become the head of the Olympic Development Program at Cornell University, led the Red Arrows to the Michigan state team championship this past season and a #16 national ranking.  The team title was Lowell’s second, with the first coming in 2009.  Lowell finished runner-up in 2007, 2012 and 2013.  Coach Dean produced 12 individual state champs and 46 state placewinners.  In addition to excellence on the mat, Dean’s teams were named academic all-state every year since 2007.

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