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Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year
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2000

Gerald Whaley 
William Mason High School Mason, Ohio

"Gerald Whaley is an outstanding examples 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." Lackey's Mason team won its first Division I girls state title after state runner-up finishes in 1997 and 1999. Led by 6-0 junior center Michelle Munoz, voted the state's "Ms. Basketball" and the daughter of National Football League Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, Mason finished with a perfect 27-0 record. In the title game, Mason avenged its 1999 title game loss by beating perennial powerhouse Pickerington High by a 36-25 score.

 

2001

James Anderson
Narbonne High School, Harbor City, California

Anderson has coached at Harbor City High for nine years, with a career record of 182-45. His teams won the state's Division I title in 1999 and 2000, and also have won three Los Angeles City Section titles and six Marine League titles. A world history teacher, Anderson also was selected National Coach of the Year by SchoolSports.com.

 

2002

Dave Houle
Mountain View High School, Orem, Utah

Houle coaches five sports at Mountain View High - girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, and boys and girls track and field - and has had unparalleled success in all five. His girls basketball team won its ninth state title this year, finishing No. 13 in the USA Today Super 25 (last year's team finished No. 2). In February, he won his 1,000th contest in the five sports and, starting in 1985, has won at least one state championship in every school year since. His 55 overall state titles (nine in girls basketball, 11 in boys cross country, 14 in girls cross country, eight in boys track and field, and 13 in girls track and field) are a national record for one coach. In the 1997-98 school year, all five of Houle's teams won state titles, another national record, and only a runner-up finish by his boys track and field team prevented him from repeating that feat this year.

 

2003

Michael Bauer 
Regis High School, Stayton, Oregon

"Michael Bauer's consistent commitment to his athletes and the sport of cross country is an example for young coaches," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Michael Bauer as the National High School Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year." Bauer has compiled an amazing cross country coaching pedigree across the past 27 years, including 25 district titles and nine state championships won by his girls' teams. Bauer has won numerous coach of the year awards at different levels of competition, including seven times being named Oregon Cross Country Coach of the Year.

 

2004

Ed Grezinsky
Murry Bergtraum High School New York, New York

The 2004 Basketball Coach is Ed Grezinsky of Murry Bergtraum High in Manhattan, New York.В  Grezinsky's Lady Blazers survived the tough New York postseason tournament to capture a third straight Class AA state championship.

 

2005

Brad Smith
Oregon City High School Oregon City, Oregon

Under Smith, Oregon City High has become one of the nation's most prestigious girls basketball programs. In 26 years at the helm, Smith guided Oregon City to a 602-91 record and nine Class 4A state titles between 1992 and 2003. This year's team finished 24-6 and third in the state, Oregon City's 18th state tournament trophy. Eight of Smith's teams finished the season ranked in USA Today's top five, and his 1995, 1996 and 1997 teams were national champions, with Smith named the newspaper's Coach of the Year all three years. He was head coach of the West squad in USA Basketball's Women's Youth Developmental Festival in 2004.

 

2006

Bob Mackey
Christ the King High School Queens, New York

In seven years at the helm at Christ the King, Mackey has had about as good a run as anyone could imagine. His teams have an overall record of 183-13. This season, Mackey led Christ the King to its second consecutive New York State Federation Class AA title and a second finish stop the USA Today Girls Basketball Super 25, and the newspaper also named Mackey its National Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. Christ the King has won state, diocesan and league titles in each of Mackey's seven seasons. Mackey serves as dean of boys at Christ the King.  

 

2007

Leta Andrews
Granbury High School - Granbury, Texas

This year, in her 44th season, Andrews became the all-time winningest coach in American girls basketball history. Her career record at four high schools is 1,228-254, a winning percentage of almost 83 per cent. She led Corpus Christi Calallen High to the Class 4A state championship in 1990 and her teams have advanced to seven state title games and made 16 appearances in the Sweet Sixteen state tournament. In February, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named Andrews the inaugural recipient of the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball. Andrews, who also serves as girls athletic director and teaches a dance class at Granbury, was named Walt Disney Teacher of the Year in the category of coaching, health and physical education in 1993.

 

2008

Dorothy Gaters
John Marshall High School - Chicago, Illinois

In 1974, 10 years after graduating from Marshall, Gaters was given a task nobody else wanted: starting a girls basketball program at the inner-city school. After 33 seasons, eight state championships and nearly two dozen state records, Gaters is a legend in her sport. As the school's athletic director, she had to replace her school's boys basketball coach just before the start of this season. Her new hire won a state championship, and so did she, leading the Lady Commandos to a 26-7 record and the state's first Class 3A state title, her first since 1999. Gaters, whose career record of 881-121 places her seventh on the national victory list, holds every Illinois state tournament record. Besides her eight state titles, those records include: state title games (11), state tournament appearances (23), consecutive appearances (12), state trophies (17) and state tournament victories (record 57-16).

 

2009

Brian Harrigan
Sacred Heart Cathedral High School - San Francisco, California

Harrigan has been coaching for 28 years, the last 19 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He guided the Irish to three consecutive California state championships, one in Division 4 and two in Division 3, from 2006-08. His 2008 team finished with a 33-0 record and the No. 1 spot in the final USA Today Super 25 girls basketball rankings. During that run, the Irish compiled a 61-game winning streak that lasted parts of three seasons. Last year's performance earned Harrigan a pair of national awards. He was named Coach of the Year by USA Today, and the Atlanta Tipoff Club named him the recipient of the inaugural Naismith Award as high school Coach of the Year. Harrigan shared that award with Bob Hurley of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony High, the NHSCA National Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in 2007. This year's Sacred Heart team lost on a buzzer-beater in the North Region finals, but still finished 28-2 and No. 24 in the USA Today Super 25. He owns a career record of 607-174.

 

2010

Cathy Self-Morgan
Duncanville High School - Duncanville, Texas

A 31-year coaching veteran, Self-Morgan just completed her 10th season at Duncanville, finishing 33-4, leading the Pantherettes to the regional final and finishing the season ranked No. 18 statewide in 5A. Her 2003 team won the 5A state title, the fourth of her career, and she owns a career record of 844-191. Prior to her stint at Duncanville, Self-Morgan coached a powerhouse at Austin Westlake High School, leading the Chaparrals to three state championships – the 4A title in 1993 and back-to-back 5A crowns in 1995 and 1996. Her teams have made 22 state playoff appearances, and none of her teams have finished with a losing record. A four-time Texas Coach of the Year, she was honored 10 times as Central Texas Coach of the Year between 1980 and 1996. Self-Morgan has coached in five Texas All-Star Games, was a floor coach for the USA Junior Olympic Trials in 2000 and twice has coached the West team in the McDonald’s All-American Game, in 2004 and again this year. Self-Morgan was a two-time Most Valuable Player at the University of Texas, and was the school’s Scholar-Athlete award recipient as a senior in 1977.

 

2011

Kevin KiernanMater Dei High School - Santa Ana, CaliforniaBelieve it or not, Kiernan’s first job after graduating from college was as a sportswriter – at the Orange County Register and the Anaheim Bulletin. Not fond of the late nights, Kiernan landed the head coaching position at Westminster La Quinta High School, which had won just eight of 82 games in the three seasons prior to his arrival. Over the next five seasons, La Quinta went 110-79 and made a state tournament appearance under Kiernan, who has gone on to put together 20 glittering seasons. From La Quinta, Kiernan moved on to Fullerton Troy High School. In 11 seasons, his teams went 317-33, never lost a Freeway League game (going 110-0 in those games), and won five Southern Section titles and three state championships. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) named him the Russell Athletic/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year in 2006. In four years at Mater Dei, Kiernan’s teams are 123-7, and he owns a 613-109 career record (a .849 winning percentage). This year, his Monarchs finished 34-1, ended the season on a 26-game winning streak and won their second consecutive state championship – in Division 1AA this year after moving up from Division II a year ago – giving him five state titles overall. This year’s title made Mater Dei the first girls basketball team in five years to finish No. 1 in the USA Today Super 25 in consecutive seasons, and the newspaper named Kiernan its National Coach of the Year in 2010. The Register named him its Coach of the Year this season.

 

2012

David Schlabach
Hiland High School - Berlin, Ohio

Coaching in small-school Division 4, Schlabach has led the Lady Hawks to a 458-74 record in 21 seasons. His teams have won four state titles – in 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2008 – and his 2000 and 2005 teams finished unbeaten with 28-0 records. The Lady Hawks also advanced to the state championship game in three of the past four seasons. The third of those title-game trips came this season as Hiland (19-9) finished strong despite the most losses by a Schlabach-coached team since his first season, in 1991-92. In all, 10 of his teams have reached the state’s Final Four, and he has coached 10 regional champions, 11 district champions and 19 sectional champions, and his teams have won or shared the Inter-Valley Conference (IVC) title 19 straight years. Schlabach coached the Girls East squad in the McDonald’s All-American Game in 2010, and was named National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2009, one of many honors he has received. He is a 10-time IVC Coach of the Year, a seven-time District 5 Coach of the Year, and a 12-time Eastern District Coach of the Year. The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association named Schlabach Division 4 Coach of the Year in 2000, and he was The Associated Press Division 4 Coach of the Year in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2006. His younger brother, Mark, is the boys basketball coach at Hiland, and led the Hawks to Division 4 state titles the past two seasons.  

 

2013

Miner Webster
Highland High School - Gilbert, Arizona 

Miner Webster is the 2012 National High School Coaches Association’s National High School Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year after leading Highland to a 32-3 record that put him one victory away for playing for a possible ninth Arizona state championship. This past season, Webster won his 700th game as a girls’ head basketball coach and finished the year with an all-time mark of 712-107 with stops at Highland and Gilbert High Schools. Before becoming a girls’ head coach, Webster also the head coach of the boys’ basketball team at Parker High School. Webster is second on Arizona’s all-time girls’ basketball coaching victories list behind Don Petranovich, who retired with 778 wins.

 

2014

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.

 

2015

Chad Hibdon
Blackman High School, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Chad Hibdon built Blackman High School into a national power during his ten years as head coach of the program.  This past season, Hibdon’s team captured its second straight Tennessee Class AAA championship.  Over the last two seasons, Blackman amassed a record of 66-3.  Four of the starters on this year’s team have accepted Division I college scholarships. During the 2013-14 school year, Blackman was named mythical national champs by ESPN, MaxPreps and USA Today.  Hibdon, who resigned at the end of the season to take over as head coach at Truett-McDonnell College in Georgia, owns an overall record at Blackman of 199-98, which included only winning only 10 games in his first two seasons at Blackman. Coach Hibdon is the first coach from Tennessee to be named NHSCA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year.

 

2016

Antwain Scales
Wichita South High School, Wichita, Kansas

The Wichita South Titans won their fourth consecutive state title in 6A this past season, becoming the first team to ever win four straight at that 6A level. Prior to claiming their championship in 2013, South had not won a state title since 1978. The Titans went a perfect 25-0 this season under Coach Scales’ expert tutelage. This was the first perfect season for Coach Scales. Wichita South boasts an astonishing 96-4 record over the past four years. Coach Scales has a career record of 110-13 in five seasons. Wichita South finished #17 in the nation in the USA TODAY Super 25.

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