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Baseball Coach of the Year
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Sam Blalock
Rancho Bernardo High School - San Diego, California

"Sam Blalock is an outstanding example for successful high school baseball coaches," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "They place a high value on the teamwork skills players learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring him." Blalock's Rancho Bernardo team finished with a 30-3 record and won its second consecutive San Diego Section title (baseball is contested only to the section level in California). Two of his players, right-handed pitcher Matt Wheatland and catcher Scott Heard, were selected in the first round of this year's major-league draft. Rancho Bernardo batted .358 as a team, hit 75 home runs, and outscored its opponents by a 281-127 margin, and finished the season No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 High School Baseball team rankings.



Rich Hofman
Westminster Academy - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hofman has received many awards during a coaching career that spans 30 years. He has won 10 Florida state titles, eight at Westminster Christian School in Miami between 1981 and 1998 and two more at Westminster Academy in 1999 and 2000. His 1992 and 1996 teams were consensus high school national champions, and USA Today named him its National Coach of the Year both years. This year's team finished 27-7 and reached the Class 2A state quarterfinals. He owns a career record of 787-196. Hofman also runs the Rich Hofman Baseball School and has coached many great players, including Major League Baseball's highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers. In 1999, Hofman was named National Coach of the Decade by Baseball America magazine. A nine-time Coach of the Year selection by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, Hofman was named National High School Baseball Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1988, 1996, and 1999, and by the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches of Athletics and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 1997. He was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1992 and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993.



John Lowery 
Jefferson High School - Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia

Lowery has been a head baseball coach for 29 years, the last 28 at Jefferson High after one year at Harpers Ferry (WV) High. One of high school baseball's all-time leading winners, Lowery has a career record of 814-214-3. He has averaged 26 wins per season and has a streak of 25 consecutive seasons with 20 or more victories. Lowery's teams have won seven Class AAA state titles and added three-state runner-up finishes, and this year's team was a state semifinalist. Lowery's 800th career victory came at historic Abner Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y. Lowery has received many awards in his distinguished career. He is one of three coaches to be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame this year. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association named Lowery its Coach of the Year in 1998, and he has twice been voted Baseball Coach of the Year by the West Virginia High School Coaches Association.



Jim Danley
Eaton High School - Eaton, Colorado

"Jim Danley's coaching record speaks for itself, and this year's state championship for his Eaton High Reds is another example of what continued dedication can lead to," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "We are proud to honor Jim Danley as the National High School Baseball Coach of the Year." Danley, who has coached the Reds of Eaton High for over 30 years, managed his team to its fifth state championship this season. And there was plenty of drama in doing so. Eaton High defeated returning champion La Junta High 3-2 in a 15-inning classic that lasted four hours and 32 minutes. The game set numerous Colorado state records, including the longest state title game ever played. Along with the five state championships, Danley whose career record is 506-133-1, has also led the Reds to six state runner-up finishes and 24 conference championships. This year's Class 3A state championship team finished 22-2 under Danley, and it was the Reds fourth consecutive state finals appearance in a row. Formerly named the state Colorado coach of the year, now Danley can add the NHSCA National Coach of the Year honor to his impressive coaching resume.



Jeff Griffith 
Cactus High School - Glendale, Arizona

The NHSCAВ Baseball Coach of the Year is Jeff Griffith of Cactus High School in Glendale, Arizona. Griffith 's Cobras now have back-to-back Class 4A state titles after a perfect 38-0 season.



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 (N.Y.) 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.



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.



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.



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.



Guy Anderson
Cordova High School - Rancho Cordova, California

Now in his 40th season at Cordova, Anderson, 76, has seen his teams post an overall record of 834-422-21, with this year's team owning a 12-7 record at press time. His 834 victories rank him No. 2 on the state's career victory list. Competing in a sport whose state championship series extended only to the section level, Anderson's teams won 17 league championships and five championships in the state's competitive Sac-Joaquin Section, and 12 of his players have gone on to major league careers. He has been inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association and California Baseball Coaches Association Halls of Fame, and will be inducted into the NFHS Hall of Fame this year. Anderson, who retired as assistant principal and athletic director in 2000, served on Cordova's parks and recreation board for over two decades.



Jerry Dawson
Chaparral High School - Scottsdale, Arizona

The only baseball coach Chaparral has had since the program’s inception in 1974, Dawson has led the Firebirds to a record of 773-301 and 34 trips to the state playoffs in his 36 seasons at the helm. His resume includes 23 region championships, 19 appearances in the state’s final four, 12 trips to the state title game and eight 4A state championships – in 1994, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Moving up to 5A Division 2 this season, his team finished 20-12. More than 140 of his players have gone on to play college or professional baseball, including current major leaguers Paul Konerko and Brian Bannister. A nine-time state Coach of the Year, Dawson was awarded the Victory with Honor Coach of the Year award by the Arizona Interscholastic Association in 2004 and previously won four national Coach of the Year awards, most recently the Easton/Collegiate Baseball Master Coach of the Year award in 2009. He was inducted into the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002, the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009. Dawson was an assistant coach on the USA Baseball Junior National Team that competed in the World Games in Chinese Taipei in 2004, and was the head coach of the USA Baseball Junior National Team that won the silver medal in the Pan-Am Games in Villa Hermosa, Mexico in 2005.



Tom O’Connell
Catholic Central High School - Burlington, Wisconsin

The first high school coach ever elected president of the college-dominated American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), O’Connell has spent 42 years coaching baseball. From 1969 through 2000, he coached at Milwaukee Pulaski High School, where his teams won more games than any sport in the school’s history. He led Pulaski to state tournament berths in 1981, when they reached the state semifinals, and in 1989. He has been at Burlington Catholic Central for 11 seasons, and his Hilltopper teams have made the state quarterfinals eight consecutive years. They went on to win four state championships, in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010. O’Connell has twice been named the Diamond Sports National High School Coach of the Year by the ABCA, most recently in 2010, and has been named Midwest Coach of the Year four times. In 1995, he skippered the USA Baseball North Team in the United States Olympic Festival in Colorado, a team that featured four future major leaguers. O’Connell chaired the ABCA’s High School Division from 1984-96, and now serves on its Board of Directors and heads its Ethics in Coaching Award Committee. A former president of the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association, O’Connell organized and ran the group’s annual clinic and convention for 20 years and, in 1991, was named its Man of the Year. He has been inducted into three Halls of Fame: the Old Time Baseball Players Hall of Fame in Milwaukee, the WBCA Hall of Fame in 1987 and the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2007, becoming only the 16th high school coach to be inducted in the ABCA’s 64-year history.



Gene Schultz
Kee High School - Lansing, Iowa

The nation’s all-time leading winner with a 1,675-353-1 record, Schultz,65, begins his 43rd season in the dugout this summer for Kee, a consolidation of Lansing and New Albin schools with an enrollment of just155 students in grades 9-12. The native of Winona, Minn., an All-State football and basketball player, turned down a $2,000 bonus offer from the Washington Senators to attend college, eventually graduating from Winona State University. Schultz inherited a meager 10-game baseball schedule, which he quickly expanded to a 40-game slate. Schultz guided the Kee Hawks to the first of 11 state titles in 1973. That team, which finished 47-0, is one of just 10 Iowa teams to complete an unbeaten season. Schultz is one of just four Iowa coaches to lead four consecutive state title teams (1989-92), a run that included a 59-game winning streak.His teams also won summer state titles in 1980, 1981, 1986 and 2005and fall titles in 1977 and 1978, and finished second in state nine times,most recently last summer. That finish earned Schultz Class A Northeast District Coach of the Year honors from the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association, which inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2006.The National Federation of State High School Associations honored him as its National Coach of the Year in 2003. Schultz also was Kee’s boys basketball coach for 37 years, compiling a 367-389 record.



Phil Clark
Bartlett High School - Bartlett, Tennessee  

Phil Clark, who has been a head baseball coach for over 30 years at three high schools in Tennessee, has won over 900 games during an illustrious career. The state’s all-time wins leader came to Bartlett in 2003 and led the school to its first state title in 2007. In all, his teams have won five Tennessee state baseball titles. This past season, Clark guided his team to a 26-11 record. Clark is a member of the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association and National High School Baseball Association’s Hall of Fames.



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.



Chan Brown
Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia

Chan Brown has been the head coach of Parkview High School for eleven seasons, during which time the Panthers have been not only one of the best teams in the State of Georgia, but in the nation.  At the time of his honor, Parkview is ranked #1 in the nation by Baseball America — the Panthers won the 2012 mythical national championship.  A week ago, Parkview won the 2015 Georgia AAAAAA state title, the school’s third under Brown. This past season, Coach Brown celebrated his 300th win and owns an overall record of 326-121 . In 2014, Coach Brown was the manager of USA Baseball’s 15-Under national team that competed in the 15-U Baseball World Cup, winning a silver medal.  Coach Brown has won over a dozen Coach of the Year Awards, including the ABCA Southeastern Regional Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Coach Brown is the first coach from Georgia to win the NHSCA National High School Baseball Coach of the Year Award.



Rich Bielski
Archbishop McCarthy High School, Southwest Ranches, Florida

This past season, Bielski led his team to its sixth Florida high school state title in seven years. McCarthy (29-2) became the first team to win as many championships in such a short span. McCarthy is one of four South Florida teams to win six or more state titles all-time. This is Bielski’s 8th overall state championship as he won two previously as the head coach of Hialeah High School. He is now 2 championships behind the state record holder. Bielski has an impressive lifetime record is 436-118. 

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