Dominguez High School
"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
Schaumburg High School
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.
Loogootee High School
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.
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
Peabody Magnet High School
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.
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.
Lawrence North High School
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
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.
Denver Christian High School
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.
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.
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.
St. Joseph High School, Trumbull, Connecticut
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.
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 StudentSports.com 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.
Montwood High School, El Paso, Texas
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
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.
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.
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.