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2000

Mike Pettine Sr. 
Central Bucks West High School, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

"Mike Pettine is an outstanding example for successful high school football coaches," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "They place a high value on the teamwork skills athletes learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring him."  Pettine retired at the end of this season after closing his 33-year coaching career with a 45-match winning streak and three consecutive Class 4A state titles. He built a dominant program in the days prior to the start of the state tournament series. From 1984 through 1988, Pettine's teams did not lose a game, building a winning streak of more than 50 games, and he had 16 unbeaten seasons - nearly half of his total seasons as a head coach in ultra-competitive Pennsylvania. He also won the 1991 state title and was the 1993 state runnerup, and his career record was 326-42-4. He also was named the Tri-State Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club.

 

2001

Bob LaDouceur 
De La Salle High School, Concord, California

Since becoming DeLaSalle High's head coach in 1979, LaDouceur transformed a program that had never had a winning season prior to his arrival into a program that has never had a losing one since, enjoying unprecedented national success. In a state where football championships are contested only at the section level, LaDouceur's teams have more North Coast Section titles (15) than losses (14). The Spartans have not lost a game since 1991, and LaDouceur's overall record of 249-14-2 includes a current 113-game winning streak, a national record. His teams have been ranked No. 1 in California eight times, and his 1994 and 1998 teams finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today. LaDouceur is one of 10 inductees -and the only coach -into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame this year. He was named the National High School Coach of the Year by USA Today in 1995 and 1998, the National Federation Coaches Association in 1998, and the National Football League in 1995, and was named the Coach of the Decade of the 1980s by Cal-Hi Sports magazine.

 

2002

Allan Trimble
Jenks High School, Jenks, Oklahoma

In his six years at the helm, Trimble has continued Jenks High's run as a football powerhouse. All six of his teams at Jenks have won Class 5A state titles, and his overall record is 79-4. His teams also were nationally ranked all six years, reaching a high of No. 2 nationally in 2001. After this past season, Trimble was honored as the Russell Athletic Coach of the Year. In addition, for the past three years, Trimble's team has hosted a dinner honoring students participating in the Special Olympics. The students also get rousing applause at the football team's huge preseason pep rally. His players have raised $1,000 for the Special Olympics and $1,650 for an opposing team's cancer-stricken quarterback; they also read regularly to Jenks elementary school students.В Sports IllustratedВ magazine also recognized Trimble's distinguished career with a mention in its "Faces in the Crowd" section this year.

 

2003

Chris Jones 
Heritage High School, Lynchburg, Virginia

"Chris Jones has demonstrated success in his career across seasons, and now by winning a state championship at yet another school he has demonstrated that same success across schools and divisions," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Chris Jones as the National High School Football Coach of the Year." Jones coached Heritage High to the Group AA Division 4 state championship this past season, one year after taking his former school, Bath County High to the Group A Division 1 state title. Heritage's 34-7 victory over Lafayette High in this year's final game made Jones the first Virginia coach to ever complete the back-to-back feat at different schools.

 

2004

Bob Ladouceur
De La Salle High School, Concord, California

The choice as NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year was readily apparent this season, as Bob Ladouceur's De La Salle squad in Concord, California has now reeled off a national record 151 wins in a row. With a remarkable overall coaching record of 288-14-1, Ladoucer's Spartans have now won 12 consecutive California Interscholastic Federation North Coast titles.

 

2005

Charles "Corky" Rogers
The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida

Rogers, 61, is the winningest coach in football-mad Florida. When his 2004 team won the Class 2A state title, it was his sixth state crown in 18 years at the helm - the others coming in 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2002. He also has two runner-up finishes, and his teams have made the playoffs 16 consecutive seasons. He owns Florida records for state titles (6), playoff victories (41) and career victories (record 326-65-1). A member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Rogers is being inducted into the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame this year.

 

2006

Randy Allen
Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas

Allen, also the athletic director at Highland Park, has been a football coach for over 25 years. Since arriving at Highland Park in 1999, his teams have an overall record of 80-9 and won the 2005 Class 4A state title, the school's first state football title in 48 years. Highland Park finished 15-0, and its 59-0 championship-game victory over Marshall High was the most lopsided in state final history. Allen previously coached 19 seasons at Ballinger High, Brownwood High and his alma mater, Abilene Cooper High, leading Cooper to the state finals in 1996. His career record is 234-65-6. Inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor this year, Allen recently published a book about coaching: "Coaching by the Book: The Purpose and Passion of a High School Coach."

 

2007

Gary Rankin
Alcoa High School, Alcoa, Tennessee

Rankin established himself as one of the state's elite coaches in 16 seasons at Riverdale High in Murfreesboro. In 1990, he took over a Riverdale program coming off three consecutive losing seasons. After a 4-6 opening season, Rankin developed the Warriors into one of the state's top programs, leading Riverdale to Class 5A state titles in 1994, 1997, 2001 and 2004 and nine state title games, including five straight from 2000-04. His teams won 14 district/region titles and he concluded his tenure at Riverdale with a 70-game winning streak against district/region opponents. Last season, Rankin took over at Class 2A state power Alcoa High and led the Tornadoes to a 13-2 record - the losses coming to the Class 3A and Class 4A state champions - a third consecutive state title and the fifth of his career. EA Sports named Rankin, whose career record is 207-27, its National High School Coach of the Year in 2004.

 

2008

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.

 

2009

John McKissick
Summerville High School, Summerville, South Carolina   

McKissick, who will turn 83 in September, is the dean of high school football coaches. He has coached 57 seasons at Summerville, and his list of awards is almost as long as his list of victories. He is the nation's all-time leading winner, with a career record of 565-133-13. He became No. 1 on the all-time victory list in 1993 and won his 500th game in 2004. His teams have won 10 state championships, and won state crowns in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and came within an eyelash of making it six championship decades by reaching the Class 4A Division 1 state title game in 2007. Last year's team finished 9-2 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Named National High School Coach of the Year three times, McKissick was the recipient of the Power of Influence award from the American Football Coaches Association in 2003. Inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame in 1990, he was South Carolina's "Coach of the Three-Quarter Century" honoree by Coach and Athletic Director magazine in 2007.

 

2010

Jeremy Williams 
Greenville High School, Greenville, Georgia

A standout safety at the University of Memphis from 1990-93, Williams has coached at Greenville,  a school in a town of fewer than 1,000 people playing in small-school Class A, for the past eight seasons. He has led his teams to a 47-37 record and three state playoff appearances. So those numbers don’t impress you? Maybe this will: Williams coached the Tigers to a perfect 10-0 regular-season record last fall – they were eliminated by the eventual state champion in the second round of the playoffs to finish 11-1 – after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Riding to practices in a golf cart, sometimes having to lean on his players as he coached, he still inspired Greenville to heights the program hadn’t seen since its last unbeaten season in 1992. The ABC television series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, rebuilt Williams’ house to accommodate his health issues and those of his 6-year-old son, Jacob, who was born with spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair, as well as the Greenville High School field house. Williams was named the Atlanta Falcons’ High School Coach of the Week for Nov. 23, and his was voted Sports Story of the Year for 2009 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

2011

George Smith
St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

After taking the reins as head football coach in 1975, Smith could be found hammering nails and pouring concrete into what would become the visiting bleachers at the school’s football stadium. Smith, 62, then built a program that became renowned at the state and national levels. He retired this spring after 34 seasons at the helm of the Raiders, building a 361-66 record in two separate stints and leading St. Thomas to 13 state championship games and six state titles – four in Class 5A and two in 4A. Smith stepped down after St. Thomas won its first state title in 1992. He returned for the 1995 season and led the Raiders to the state playoffs in all 16 seasons of his second stint, adding state titles in 1997, 1999, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Overall, his teams earned 26 playoff berths and posted a 64-20 playoff record (only Charles "Corky” Rogers of Jacksonville Bolles School, the NHSCA’s National Coach of the Year in 2005, with 66 playoff wins, has more). His 2008 team finished the season ranked No. 1 by the NHSCA and by USA Today, which named Smith its National High School Coach of the Year that year. His final team in 2010, which finished 15-0, also earned national title honors and the NHSCA’s No. 3 ranking. Smith, who came to St. Thomas in 1972 as wrestling coach, has been elected to the Florida High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the Florida Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame and the Broward County Sports Bureau Hall of Fame. He will remain the school’s athletic director.

 

2012

Chuck Lenahan
Plymouth High School, Plymouth, New Hampshire

Lenahan, who is completing his 41st year at Plymouth as football coachand athletic director, built the Bobcats into a small-school footballpowerhouse. Under his guidance, Plymouth has won 18 Division 3 and4 state titles, most recently in 2009, and he is the state’s all-time leadingwinner with a 334-69-1 record. Last fall, Plymouth finished 9-2 andsecond in state – the Bobcats’ 11th runner-up finish in Lenahan’s tenure– and his teams have compiled 12 unbeaten seasons. Lenahan’s teamsdominated the decade of the 2000s as few programs have anywhere.From 1997 through 2009, Plymouth finished 136-5 and won 12 statetitles, and the run included two lengthy winning streaks. After winning 46straight from 2000-04 – then a state record – the Bobcats shattered thatrecord following a 2004 loss. Plymouth won its next 57 games, a streakthat ended in 2010. Three Plymouth senior classes in the decade – 2003,2008 and 2009 – won every game in their four years on the varsity. TheNational Federation of State High School Associations honored Lenahanas its National Coach of the Year in 2005. 

 

2013

J.T. Curtis
John Curtis Christian School, River Ridge, Louisiana  

J.T. Curtis is the 2012 National High School Coaches Association’s National High School Football Coach of the Year after leading the school founded by his father John to its 25th Louisiana high school football championship in 2012. The Patriots also were crowned "mythical” national champs by multiple national media outlets. Since taking-over the John Curtis program, Curtis has become America’s second winningest coach with 520 victories. 2009 NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year John McKissick of Summerville High School in South Carolina is the all-time leader with 601 victories. Coach Curtis’ record is 520-54-6. The amassing thing about his record is that Curtis’ first team in 1969 didn’t win a game going 0-10. 

 

2014

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.

 

2015 

Roland Smith
Miami Central High School, Miami, Florida

Miami Central head coach Roland Smith’s time at the helm of Miami Central has been a successful one.  Smith, who took over as head coach in 2013, has led the Rockets to back-to-back Florida Class 6A state football titles.  Last year’s title was the school’s third straight and fourth in the last five years.  In two seasons with the Rockets, Smith has only lost two games — both to Miami-rival Booker T. Washington.  Last season, Miami Central finished #7 in the High School Football America/NHSCA Top 25 national rankings. Prior to arriving at Miami Central, Smith spent six seasons as the head coach at Miami Northwestern, leading the school to an overall record of 69-13, which included a perfect 15-0 season in 2006 that ended with a state championship. Smith is the third coach from Florida to be honored by the NHSCA with its National Football Coach of the Year Award.  Past winners were St. Thomas Aquinas’ George Smith in 2011 and Charles "Corky” Rogers of The Bolles School in 2005.

 

2016

Football -- Gary Joseph
Katy High School, Katy, Texas

This past season, Coach Joseph led Katy to a perfect 16-0 record, winning the Texas’ Class 6A Division II title, which was the school’s fourth state title under Joseph, who has been the Tigers head coach since 2004.  The Tigers finished #3 in the High School Football America/NHSCA National Top 25 and were named "mythical” national champs by MaxPreps.com, NationalHSFootball.com and PrepNation.com. Joseph, who has taken his school to eight overall Texas state championship games, began as an assistant with Katy more than 30 years ago and currently owns a lifetime record is 168-14.  He’s led Katy to eleven district titles in twelve years as head coach and the Tigers haven’t lost a district game since 2008.

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