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Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year
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Russell Otis
Dominguez High School Compton, California

"Russell Otis is an outstanding example for successful high school basketball 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."  Otis coached Dominguez High to a second consecutive Southern Region Division II state title, led by one of the nation's great big men, Tyson Chandler. Otis' team won its final 28 games of the season to finish with a 35-2 record. The Dons finished the season rated No.1 nationally in the USA Today final Super 25 High School Boys Basketball team rankings. 



Bob Williams
Schaumburg High School Schaumburg, Illinois

In his 10th season, Williams led Schaumburg High to a 29-3 record and the state's Class AA basketball championship. Without a Division I prospect on his team, Williams guided the Saxons to a 66-54 championship-game victory over South Holland Thornwood High, which featured 6-foot-11 superstar Eddy Curry, projected to be a high lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. One Chicago columnist compared Williams' coaching ability to that of the state's all-time leading winner, Virgil Fletcher of downstate Collinsville High.  Williams has a career record of 193-91 -32 of the losses came in his first two seasons -and also led Schaumburg High to a fourth-place state finish in 1999. 



Jack Butcher
Loogootee High School Loogootee, Indiana

Butcher retired from coaching this year as the all-time leading winner in basketball-crazy Indiana. In 45 seasons as the head coach at Loogootee High, the school from which he himself graduated in 1951 as its all-time leading scorer, Butcher won 806 games, an average of 18 victories per season. Coaching at one of the state's smallest schools, with a four-year enrollment this year of 324, Butcher's 1975 team reached the title game of Indiana's single-class state tournament, and also qualified for the tournament in 1970. Loogootee High had only two losing seasons during his 45-year career. Butcher was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991, andВ Sports IllustratedВ magazine also recognized Butcher's distinguished career with a mention in its "Faces in the Crowd" section this year.



Dave Garvin
Philomath High School, Philomath, Oregon

"Dave Garvin has put together the type of coaching career that most coaches dream about," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Dave Garvin as the National High School Boys Basketball Coach of the Year." Garvin has twice been named the state of Oregon coach of the year, and has led his teams to eight conference titles, six district championships and five state finals appearances. With two state titles under his belt at Philomath, Garvin now has a career coaching mark of 371-231.



Charles Smith
Peabody Magnet High School Alexandria, Louisiana

Charles Smith of Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria, Louisiana is the 2004 Coach of the Year.В  Smith, who has over 500 coaching wins in his career, led Peabody to its fourth Class 4A boys' state title and its first national ranking at No. 5, after the school finished with a perfect 41-0 record.



Robert Hughes
Dunbar High School Fort Worth, Texas

Hughes, 76, retired this season as the nation's all-time winningest coach with 1,333 victories and a winning percentage of .840. His 47-year coaching career saw him win five state titles overall - in 1993 and 2003 at Dunbar High and in 1963, 1965 and 1967 at Fort Worth Terrell High. He was inducted into the NFHS National High School Hall of Fame in 2003, and also has been enshrined in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.



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.



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.



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.



Jack Curran
Archbishop Molloy High School Briarwood, New York

Curran, 78, just finished his 51st year at Archbishop Molloy, where he established Hall of Fame coaching credentials in two sports, boys basketball and baseball. After succeeding Lou Carnesecca, who went on to cement his own Hall of Fame career as head coach at St. John's University, as head coach in 1958, Curran became New York's all-time leading winner with more than 900 victories. His teams captured five Catholic League city titles. Eight of his players became collegiate All-Americans, five played professionally and over 500 received college scholarships. His baseball teams have won over 1,600 games and 17 city titles. In 1966, Curran coached Molloy baseball to 68 consecutive victories, a national record that stood for 39 years. Curran is the only coach to be named National Coach of the Year in two different sports: baseball (1988) and boys basketball (1990). The Catholic High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year 22 times in basketball and 25 times in baseball, Curran has been inducted into nine Halls of Fame. In 2007, Curran was the inaugural recipient of the Morgan Wootten Award for basketball coaching excellence.



Harvey Kitani
Fairfax High School Los Angeles, California

Kitani has guided Fairfax, one of southern California’s storied programs, to the state playoffs in each of his 29 seasons as head coach, as well as several appearances in national rankings. In 30 years on the bench – his first year was at San Fernando High – he owns a career record of 620-209, including a 607-197 mark at Fairfax. His teams have won 16 league championships, three Los Angeles City championships and two Division 1 state titles. Kitani is a two-time winner of the John R. Wooden Award, as California Coach of the Year in 1999 and as National Coach of the Year in 2004, after guiding Fairfax to the state championship. He also led Fairfax to the 2007 state title. He also earned Coach of the Year honors from the California Coaches Association in 2005. In 2006, Kitani was the head coach of the West team in the McDonald’s All-American Game. Kitani has been part of the coaching staff for the Nike All-American Camp for 10 years, and more than 100 of his players have gone on to earn college scholarships.



Vito Montelli
St. Joseph High School, Trumbull, Connecticut

The state’s all-time leading winner with a record of 853-329 (a .722 winning percentage), Montelli, 78, the only basketball coach St. Joseph has ever had, completed his 49th season with a record 10th state title. With a 79-53 victory over Fairfield College Preparatory School in the Class LL title game, Montelli’s Cadets (23-3) became the only Connecticut team to win state titles in all four classifications. He previously coached St. Joseph to five titles in Class L and two each in Class M and Class S. St. Joseph previously won titles in 1975, 1977, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1993, 1996 and 2001, and have advanced to 16 state title games. That included 10 appearances in a 13-year span from 1985-1997. In 1992, Montelli was named National Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association, and in 1995, he was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 1998, he received the Gold Key Award when he was inducted into the Connecticut Hall of Fame by the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance. In 2002, Montelli received the Frank Maguire Foundation Award from the New York Athletic Club. He was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. He has had 25 players receive McDonald’s All-American recognition, and he coached the East squad in the McDonald’s All-American Game in 1990. He was featured in the Faces in the Crowd section of Sports Illustrated magazine in April.



Douglas Lipscomb
Wheeler High School, Marietta, Georgia

An All-State basketball player in high school and a 1984 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Lipscomb served seven seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Gainesville (Georgia) High, before taking the reins at Wheeler, which finished 4-20 the season prior to his arrival.He guided the Wildcats to a 15-12 record in his first season, then to thefirst of his five 5A state championships in 1994. Wheeler claimed four more state titles in the past decade – in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2009 –and in 2005 became the first Georgia school in 54 years to claim three state titles in a four-year span. That year, Lipscomb was named National Boys Coach of the Year by and coached the Boys East squad in the McDonald’s All-American Game. He was named Pin holster Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club in 1995 and 2003 and 5ACoach of the Year by the Georgia Sports Writers Association in 2003,2005 and 2009. Lipscomb’s teams have a record of 493-111 and have won 12 region titles, made eight trips to the state’s Final Four and have been nationally ranked by USA Today six times. Over 30 of Lipscomb’s players have earned Division 1 scholarships, and three, Sharif Abdur Rahim (Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Kings), Jamario Davidson (Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors) and J.J. Hickson (Cleveland Cavaliers), have played in the NBA.



Tony Harper
Montwood High School, El Paso, Texas  

Tony Harper is the 2012 National High School Coaches Association’s National High School Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year after becoming the fourth boys’ basketball coach in America to win 900 wins during the 2012-13 school year. Harper, who led Montwood to a 27-6 record this past season, ended the year with 908 lifetime victories. He, who took-over at Montwood in 1990, was named the University Interscholastic League’s Texas Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year in 2011. In April, Harper resigned at Montwood to take the head coaching job at Cathedral High School.



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.



Melvin Randall
Blanche Ely High School, Pompano Beach, Florida

Melvin Randall led Blanche Ely High School to its third Florida 7A championship in the last four years during the 2014-15 season. His team finished 28-0 and was ranked in the Top 5 of several national ranking services. His team played in the Dick’s Sporting Goods National in April, losing its only game of the season in the quarterfinals to Nevada-power Findlay Prep.  Coach Randall has won six Florida state basketball titles (four at Blanche Ely and two at Deerfield Beach) during his 23-years as a head basketball coach in the state.  His overall coaching record is 482-141.  Randall also named All-USA Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Coach Randall is the first coach from Florida to win the NHSCA’s National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year Award.



Sharman White
Miller Grove High School, Lithonia, Georgia

This past season, Coach White led Miller Grove to its seventh Georgia state basketball championship in eight years with a 30-2 season record. In the past decade at Miller Grove, White complied an overall record of 264-47.  Throughout his tenure as a coach, he amassed a record of 372-90.  White, who in 2014 was named the USA TODAY All-USA Coach of the Year, was recently named as an assistant coach for the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team that will compete in the FIBA World Championship. He won two gold medals with USA Basketball in the past (U16 and U17). He was recently named the new assistant coach at Georgia State University.

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