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Girls' Cross Country Coach of the Year
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2000

Steve Telaneus
Marcus High School - Flower Mound, Texas

"Steve Telaneus is an outstanding example for successful high school cross country 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." Telaneus has coached both the boys and girls cross country teams at Marcus High for the past 12 years. His team won its second Class 5A state team title last season, and has qualified for the state tournament all 12 years he has been the head coach. The Marauders also won the 1996 state title.  Telaneus' boys teams also have been successful. They qualified for the state tournament eight times during the decade of the 1990s, running to third-place finishes in 1997 and 1998.

 

2001

George Varvas
Woodbridge High School - Irvine, California

Varvas has been Woodbridge High's only girls cross country coach since the school opened its doors in 1980. His teams have placed high in state competition the past four years. After winning the 1997 Division II state title and finishing second in 1998, Woodbridge moved up to Division I and won the 1999 state title, its second in three years. This year's team, back in Division II, earned a sixth-place state finish. Varvas also is the founder of the Woodbridge Invitational, which has grown over the years to become the nation's third-largest cross country event. 

 

2002

Jeff Arbogast
Bingham High School - South Jordan, Utah

Arbogast has coached Bingham's boys and girls cross country teams since coming to the school as an English teacher in 1980, and has coached the boys and girls track and field teams as well since 1982. All four teams have won Class 5A state titles under his tenure - a total of nine in all. His girls cross country teams won three consecutive titles, in 1998, 1999, and 2000, and finished second this year. His boys cross country teams also have three state titles, and were recognized as the nation's top team in 1995. His girls track and field team won its second state title this year. All four teams are unbeaten in conference meets for more than 10 consecutive years. One of the nation's top distance running coaches, Arbogast has seen more than 50 of his athletes earn college athletic scholarships during his coaching career.

 

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

Art and Linda Kranick
Saratoga Springs High School - Saratoga, New York

On the girls' side of Girl's Cross Country coaches, the ultra-successful spousal coaching tandem of Art and Linda Kranick of Saratoga Springs, New York collected national coach of the year honors as their Blue Streaks finished as the top-ranked team among all female cross country squads nationwide. 

 

2005

Mike Woolsey
Lumen Christi High School - Jackson, Michigan

Since taking over the program in 1979, Woolsey has taken 24 teams to the state tournament. His teams won state titles in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990 and 1991 and have finished second four times, most recently last fall, an accomplishment which earned him state Coach of the Year honors. He has overcome adversity in his own life, finishing fourth in the state tournament as a Lumen Christi High senior in 1973, less than three months after sustaining life-threatening injuries in an automobile accident. The NFHS named him its National Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2004, and he is a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's National Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year. 

 

2006

Mark Logan
RHAM Regional High School - Hebron, Connecticut

Logan has coached RHAM's girls cross country and track teams since 1981. His cross country teams have won four Class M state titles, in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997, and also have posted five state runner-up finishes. This year's team finished fourth in state. The Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) voted Logan its Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1992 and its Girls Track Coach of the Year in 1996. Logan served as CHSCA president during the 2003-04 school year. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association named him its National Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2005.

 

2007

Robert Ondrasek
Carroll High School - Southlake, Texas

Carroll is known as a football powerhouse, but Ondrasek has developed a prominent cross country program as well, building the combined boys and girls roster from 20 runners to more than 100. His girls teams won the Class 4A state team title in 2000 and added Class 5A crowns in 2005 and 2006, and his boys teams have finished second, third and second in state the past three seasons. His girls team finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally and his boys team No. 12 nationally by The Harrier. Ondrasek also has led Southlake to six state runnerup finishes. The Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas named Ondrasek its Class 5A Girls Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and he also earned Coach of the Year honors from the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Girls Coaches Association in 2006. 

 

2008

Jerry Popp
Willmar High School - Willmar, Minnesota

Popp joined Disa Daucsavage as co-coach at Willmar in 2004, coaching the Cardinals boys teams to Class AA state titles in 2005 and 2006, the school's first state crowns in 20 years. It was a new chapter for Popp, who built a legend when he started the cross country program at Bowman (N.D.) High in 1975. Popp's teams swept the Class B boys and girls state crowns six straight years (1979-84), one of four national and eight state records his teams own. Bowman ran to 13 double titles and 39 titles overall, and his girls teams' 25 titles are a national record. His girls track and field teams added six state crowns. The North Dakota High School Coaches Association (NDHSCA) named him Coach of the Year 21 times in girls cross country, four times in boys cross country and three times in girls track and field. Popp also started Bowman's speech program and coached it to 20 state titles. Popp was named National Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) in 1993 and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2002. He was inducted into the NDHSCA Hall of Fame in 1999, the NHSACA Hall of Fame in 2001 and the NFHS Hall of Fame in 2002. 

 

2009

Catherine Lempesis
Dutch Fork High School - Irmo, South Carolina

Lempesis ended an eight-year retirement from coaching when she came to Dutch Fork in 2005, with her 2008 team winning a regional championship in cross country. From 1978 to 1997, Lempesis became a cross country and track and field coaching legend at three Columbia high schools - Richland Northeast High, Spring Valley High and Ridge View High. Her Richland Northeast cross country teams were state runners-up three straight years. Her teams at Spring Valley won a record nine consecutive state track and field championships (1986-94) and six straight cross country titles over that span. Her Ridge View teams won the 1997 state cross country and the 1997 and 1998 state track and field titles. In the early 1990s, Lempesis coached Monique Hennagan, a gold medalist at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. She was been inducted into the Road Runners Hall of Fame and the South Carolina Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993, and will be inducted into the NFHS Hall of Fame this year.

 

2010

Darrell Burmeister 
Nodaway Valley High School - Greenfield, Iowa

The 30-year coaching veteran is the head coach of four sports at Nodaway Valley – boys and girls cross country, boys basketball and boys track and field – and has led three of those programs to state titles. He has led the girls cross country team to 12 state tournament appearances in the past 13 seasons with 10 top-eight finishes, including the 2A state title last fall. The National Federation of State High School Associations named Burmeister its National Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2007. His boys cross country teams advanced to the state meet eight straight years, winning the A state title in 2002 and adding 2A runner-up honors in 2003. A seven-time Southwest Region Coach of the Year, Burmeister was the state’s A Boys Coach of the Year in 2002 and Girls Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2009. Burmeister also led the Wolverines boys basketball team to the 2A state title in 2006, again earning Coach of the Year honors, as well as a runner-up finish in 2005 and third place in 2007. In 17 seasons, his teams have a record of 312-52 and have won 10 conference titles and six district crowns.

 

2011

Jim Tracy
University High School - San Francisco, California

In 1995, Tracy, 60, gave up a secure corporate career, steady income and conventional lifestyle for a part-time position coaching University’s high school runners. Seventeen seasons later, Tracy is the most decorated girls cross country coach in California history. When his girls dug down deep to repeat as Division V state champions last fall, it was a record eighth state championship for Tracy, awarded Coach of the Year honors by the California Coaches Association in 2004. The Red Devils previously won titles in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2009, while finishing second in 1995, 1999 and 2000. His boys teams finished second in state in 2001 and 2007 and third on five other occasions. His Red Devils have combined for 25 Bay Counties League titles and 20 North Coast Section titles, 10 each for the girls and for the boys. Tracy’s eighth state title came five months after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. And at the state meet, one of his runners, junior captain Holland Reynolds, collapsed yards short of the finish line due to dehydration, then crawled across the line, allowing her finish to count toward the Red Devils’ winning total. That title run was profiled on ESPN’s Outside the Lines series in April, and the National Federation of State High School Associations presented Tracy and his team with the Region 7 Spirit of Sport award this year. 

 

2012

Patrick Castagno
The Tatnall School - Wilmington, Delaware

Castagno, who coaches six teams at Tatnall – the boys and girls teams in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field – led Tatnall, a school with a total enrollment of 266 students, to its eighth consecutive Division 2 girls state championship. Starting in 2001 with just two boys and four girls on his roster, Castagno has built the roster to over 15 per squad. Tatnall was named the NHSCA Girls Small School National Team Champions by xcnation.com, which ranked the Hornets third overall nationally. Tatnall competed against the top teams in the nation, scoring victories over 20 of the top 25 teams. He coached senior Haley Pierce to her third straight medalist honor. His indoor track teams have combined for five state team titles and his outdoor track teams for seven titles, with his girls team bidding for a sixth straight title this spring. Castagno was named Gill Athletics Mid-Atlantic Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year by USA Track and Field in 2011. A nine-time state Coach of the Year, Castagno was named boys and girls indoor track Coach of the Year in 2011 by the cross country and track coaches association, N5CTA, making him the first coach to earn boys and girls honors in the same year since 1995. A computer instructor at Tatnall, Castagno is a former Instructor of Biomechanics at the University of Delaware, from which he graduated in 1988, and the former director of the Gait Analysis Laboratory at the DuPont Hospital for Children.

 

2013

Jeff Devantier
Birmingham Seaholm - Birmingham, Michigan

This past season Seaholm HS, Birmingham, Michigan cross country Head Coach Jeff Devantier led the Lady Maples to a first-ever MHSAA Division I State Team Championship. Featuring three top 10 nationally ranked teams including then US#1 Grosse Pointe South HS, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and US#5 Saline HS, Saline, MI; the Division I team championship was the most competitive state championship in the nation. While claiming the state team championship Seaholm HS also claimed a share of the National Team Championship and finished the 2012 cross country season ranked US#1.

 

2014

Dave Emmans
Wayzata High School, Plymouth, Minnesota

Dave Emmans was the leader of the Wayzata girls’ cross country team that dethroned seven-time defending national champions Fayetteville Manlius High School from New York.  Wayzata, which called itself “Team of Steel” while posing in Superman t-shirts last season, claimed the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) National Championship in 2013.  Wayzata defeated Fayetteville Manlius 108-120 to cap a perfect season at the NXN.  Emmans, who has led Wayzata to back-to-back Minnesota 2A state championships, has been the program’s head coach for 22 years.

 

2015

Bill Aris
Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Manlius, New York

Bill Aris has led the Fayetteville-Manlius girls’ cross-country program to the pinnacle of the sport over the past decade.  F-M’s girls program has been crowned national champions eight of the last nine seasons.  The 2014 season saw Aris, who took over the program in 2004, lead both his girls’ and boys’ teams to New York state championships and Nike Cross National titles. The girls’ state title was F-M’s ninth straight.  In December 2014, the Wall Street Journal called Aris “The Lombardi of Team Running”.

 

2016

Mike Smith
Saline High School, Saline, Michigan

Smith, the long-time head coach at Saline High School finishes his career with the NHSCA National Coach of the Year accolades. Smith retired at the end of the 2015 season, has led the team since 1977. led the Lady Hornets to their 20th straight conference title this past season and its 14th straight regional championship. Saline and Smith won Michigan’s Division I state championship 2009. Smith is a member of the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame as well as the Foundation for Saline Area Schools Hall of Fame.

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