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Girls' Soccer Coach of the Year
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2000

James Gardner
Cheyenne East High School - Cheyenne, Wyoming

"James Gardner is an outstanding example for successful high school soccer 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." Gardner's teams at Cheyenne East have been a Wyoming powerhouse for many years. He coached the Lady Thunderbirds to seven Class 4A state titles, including back-to-back state crowns in 1987-88, 1995-96 and 2001 02, and also has led them to six state runner-up finishes and a third-place showing. He also is a board member of the Cheyenne Sting club, which helps feed both East and cross-town rival Cheyenne Central High. Gardner's teams also are outstanding in the classroom, having been recognized as Academic Team All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America with a 3.71 overall grade-point average (GPA) in 2002 and a 3.53 overall GPA in 2003.

 

2001

Frank Dixon
Carmel High School - Carmel, Indiana

In 10 years at Carmel High, Dixon has guided his teams to the state's Final Four nine times, winning titles in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2000 and finishing second in 1996. This year's team, which finished 22-1-1, set a state championship-game scoring record in a 5-0 victory over Chesterton High, and was unscored upon in eight state tournament series games. The team was ranked No. 1 nationally at one time during the season. Dixon's career record is 204-7-12. Dixon was selected the state's Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2000, Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches of Athletics in 1996, 1997, and 1998, and Regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association in 1993, 1994, and 2000.

 

2002

Maureen McVey
St. Joseph's Academy - St. Louis, Missouri

Under McVey's direction, St. Joseph's Academy had its best girls soccer season ever, finishing the season with a 28-0-1 record to become the first Missouri team to go through a season unbeaten. St. Joseph's Academy earned a unanimous No. 1 ranking nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Girls Spring Top 20 and also by StudentВ Sports.com. In a state level, St. Joseph's Academy won its second consecutive Class 4A state title under McVey, and its fourth in six years.  

 

2003

Douglas Freeman
Marlborough High School - Marlborough, Massachusetts

"Anytime that a coach leads his squad to over 300 wins in his career it is an accomplishment to be celebrated," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Doug Freeman as the National High School Girls Soccer Coach of the Year." Freeman has led his teams at Marlborough High to three state championships and over 300 wins in his 22 years as the girls soccer coach. A member of his state's hall of fame for soccer coaches, Freeman has led Marlborough to 12 league championships while compiling a winning percentage of 77-percent.

 

2004

Jim Burnside
New Trier High School - Winnetka, Illinois

Jim Burnside of New Trier High in Winnetka, Illinois is the Girl's NHSCA National Soccer Coach of the Year winner.В В В  Burnside's troops won a second straight Illinois title with back-to-back undefeated campaigns.  

 

2005

Rusty Taylor
University High School - San Francisco, California

Taylor, 58, is believed to have won more soccer games than any other American high school coach. A Philadelphia native who played five sports at Friends Central School, Taylor has coached the boys and girls teams at University High since 1979. He earned his 1,000th career victory in October 2003, and his record at the time stood at 1,000-175-105 (.851 winning percentage), with his girls teams earning 554 of those victories. His boys teams have won four North Coast Section Class A state titles, most recently in 2004. He has coached 20 High School All-Americans, including World Cup player Tiffany Roberts and former WUSA star Megan Horvath.

 

2006

Laura Rountree
M. Stoneman Douglas High School - Parkland, Florida

Rountree's 15th season at Douglas was a record-setting one. Her 2006 team finished 23-1-1 and won its fourth consecutive Class 6A state title, becoming the first public school to win four straight in Florida. Her career record is 392-58-32, with 332 of those victories coming at Douglas, and her teams have won 13 consecutive district titles and made 10 appearances in the state's Final Four. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America's South Region Division 1 Coach of the Year in 2005, Rountree was voted Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers for the third time in four years, and is the only coach to win the award in back-to-back years in its 14-year history.   

 

2007

Carlos Giron
St. Thomas Aquinas High School Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In 24 seasons at St. Thomas Aquinas, Giron's teams have compiled a record of 586-50-12 - second on the national victory list - and won 10 Class 5A state titles, including seven straight from 1993-99. His Raiders also won titles in 1990, 2004 and 2005. Five of Giron's teams finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally by the NSCAA, in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2004, and the Raiders own national records for goals in a season (238), consecutive victories (118), unbeaten streak (145), consecutive shutouts (26) and shutouts in a season (29). Giron received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Athletic Coaches Association and National Coach of the Year honors from the National Federation of State High School Associations in 1997, and was inducted into the Broward Hall of Fame in 1994. 

 

2008

Steve Racine
Kinnelon High School - Kinnelon, New Jersey

Racine has been a girls soccer coach for 27 years. His career started with a successful 22-year run at Denville Morris Catholic High. From 1981 through 2002, Racine's teams compiled a 410-58-20 record, 17 conference championships, 14 state sectional titles, 11 state titles and six Morris County Tournament crowns. Also the school's winter and spring track and field coach, Racine's spring teams posted a 120-29 record, earning 11 conference titles and four Parochial B state titles. In 2003, Racine took on the task of building a program at Kinnelon. After his team won just one of its first eight games and posted a 22-25-5 record through three seasons, the Colts finished a school-record 19-4-1 in 2006 and won their first state title, giving Racine the most state titles (15) of any active coach in the nation. Last year, despite moving up to Group 2, Kinnelon finished 16-4-2 and advanced to the North 1 region quarterfinals, improving his career mark to 467-91-28. He also is an assistant track coach for the Colts. 

 

2009

Julie Bergstrom
Waubonsie Valley High School - Aurora, Illinois

Prior to 2007, only three teams in the history of Illinois high school girls soccer had completed a season undefeated. Under Bergstrom's direction, Waubonsie Valley accomplished the feat in back-to-back seasons. The Warriors finished the 2007 spring season with a 30-0-1 record and won their first state championship, earning the No. 1 ranking in the final 2007 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas spring national poll. The 30 victories matched the state single-season record, and Bergstrom was voted the NSCAA/adidas National Coach of the Year in Girls Division 1. Last spring, the Warriors finished 26-0-1 while repeating as state and spring national champions. This spring, despite the graduation of eight starters from a year ago, the loss of its best player to a knee injury and the end of a 59-match streak without a loss, Waubonsie Valley was 13-3 at press time and ranked No. 1 among Chicago-area teams by the Chicago Sun-Times. Now in her ninth season, Bergstrom's career record heading into the postseason stands at 163-42-14. A standout goalkeeper at Northern Illinois University, she still owns a share of the school record for shutouts, posting eight in 1997.

 

2010

Troy Tokarchik
Bishop Kelley High School - Tulsa, Oklahoma

A graduate of Bishop Kelley who received his bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Tulsa, Tokarchik has two passions: teaching math and coaching girls soccer, which he has done for the past 11 seasons. The latter has been obvious, as he led the Lady Comets to state titles in each of his first nine seasons. Those stretched the school’s overall winning streak to 10, a state record in soccer. The first six titles, from 2000 through 2005, were in 4A. When soccer expanded to six classes the next year, Bishop Kelley moved up to 5A, where Tokarchik’s teams added three more titles, in 2006, 2007 and 2008. His teams own an overall record of 172-8, a .956 winning percentage, and built a 50-match winning streak that spanned three seasons, from 2006 to 2009. The state title streak ended in 2009 with a loss in the state semifinals, but Tokarchik’s team started a new streak this year, posting a 17-1 record in the process. The state’s Coach of the Year in 2003, Tokarchik twice was selected Region Private/Parochial Coach of the Year by the NSCAA, and was the organization’s National Coach of the Year in 2005.

 

2011

Hank Tenney
Rivendell Academy - Orford, New Hampshire

Tenney, 67, retired from a 30-year coaching career after leading the Raptors to a 17-1 record and their first-ever Vermont Division IV state championship last fall, the sixth soccer title of his career. That achievement earned him NSCAA Division II National Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career. Tenney previously won the award in 2001 at Hanover (N.H.) High, where he coached for 27 seasons. His career record as a soccer coach was 432-79-17, including a 36-12-1 mark in three seasons at Rivendell. He led Hanover to the state tournament in each of his 27 seasons, never had a losing season and reached the 250-victory plateau faster than any coach in New Hampshire history. His teams advanced to eight state title games and won five state titles. Tenney was named the state’s Coach of the Year eight times, the New England Coach of the Year in 2001 and was inducted into the New Hampshire Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1998. The National Federation of State High School Associations named him its National Girls Soccer Coach of the Year in 2006. Tenney also was a successful girls basketball coach, leading Sunapee (N.H.) High to back-to-back Class S state titles in 2006 and 2007, and led Hanover’s softball team to a state title in his only season as coach in 1983. He will remain the Director of Parks and Recreation for the town of Hanover, a position he has held for 33 years. 

 

2012

Claire Collins
Broad Run High School - Ashburn, Virginia

In just her 10th season at the helm, Collins already is a two-time NSCAA National Coach of the Year, having earned the honor in 2004 and 2009. She also was named Group AA Coach of the Year by the Virginia High School Coaches Association in 2010. The four-time defending AA state champions, Collins’ team, 6-2-4 so far this season, faces the biggest challenge in its history this spring, having moved up to big-class 3A. Entering this season, Collins’ teams have a career record of 172-19-11 and five AA state titles, in 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and a second-place finish in 2004. The Spartans compiled a 92-3-2 mark during the past four state championship years, including back-to-back unbeaten seasons in 2008 (24-0) and 2009 (23-0-1). They posted 62 shutouts in those four years, outscoring their opponents by a combined 363-47 margin. That run also includes a 57-match unbeaten streak and an 84-match streak against district opponents. Four of Collins’ teams have allowed less than one goal per game, led by the 2009 team, which allowed just four goals all season. The Spartans’ goals-against percentage of 0.17 that season is a single-season state record, as are their 24 victories in 2008 and 2011.

 

2013

Vince Drake
Trinity Catholic High School - St. Louis, Missouri 

Trinity Catholic’s (formerly St. Thomas Aquinas) Vince Drake is a legend in high school soccer, becoming the first coach in America to win 1,000 games as girls’ and boys’ soccer coach. Drake passed the 1,000 win plateau in 2011. Drake has led the girls’ program to one state title and the boys’ soccer program to 10 Missouri state championships.  

 

2014

Paul Heenehan
Ramapo High School, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

America’s winningest girls’ high school soccer coach, Paul Heenehan and his Ramapo girls’ soccer team finished runner-up in New Jersey’s Group 3 classification in 2013.  In 30 years at the helm, Heenehan has led the school to 12 state championships and one national championship while amassing a record of 691 wins. With a lifetime record of 691-81-23, Heenehan will have a chance next year to become the first girls’ soccer coach in America to win 700 games.

 

2015

Brandon Silva
Immaculate Heart Academy, Township of Washington, New Jersey

Brandon Silva guided Immaculate Heart Academy to a national championship in 2014, finishing #1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s national rankings.  During the season, IHA finished 22-0 and snapped defending national champion Northern Highlands’ 88 match unbeaten streak.  Silva won the national title just two years into being the program’s head coach. Previously, Silva was the head coach at Demarest High School for seven seasons. Silva is the second straight New Jersey coach to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year Award. Last year, Paul Heenehan, America’s all-time leader in girls’ soccer victories was the winner.  He is the third winner from the Garden State with Steve Racine of Kinnelon HS being named Girls’ Soccer COY in 2008.

 

2016

Brian Elliott
Union High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Elliott led Union to its second straight Oklahoma 6A state title this past season. The Redskins currently own a 36 match win streak. This past season, Union outscored its opponents 64-5. Prior to taking the reins at Tulsa Union, Elliott was the Head Coach at Northeastern State University from 1991-1995 and was the Assistant at Oral Roberts University from 1995 thru 1997.

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