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Kentucky's Jim Luebbe named NHSCA Girls' Swimming Coach of the Year

Friday, May 11, 2018  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) is proud to announce Jim Luebbe, head coach at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville as its National High School Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year.



Luebbe, who became the head coach at SHA in 2007, led the school’s girls’ team to its 29th overall Kentucky state swimming championship this past season with an incredible 520.5 points, which is a new state record and was 322.5 points more than second place North Oldham. It was the sixth straight state title for Sacred Heart, which has also finished runner-up three times under Luebbe.



“We shattered the record,” said Luebbe to after the championships.  “It shows how deep our team was and how unified they were in their goal setting and what they wanted to accomplish as a team.”



“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Luebbe as National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “It’s a pleasure to honor Coach Luebbe to the student-athletes at Sacred Heart Academy.  His commitment to excellence for his student-athletes in-and-out of the pool makes him an great choice for this honor.”



Luebbe is the first coach from Kentucky to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year.



Throughout 2018, the NHSCA is honoring high achievers in the high school coaching community by naming Coaches of the Year in a total of 20 boys’ and girls’ sports.  It’s the 19th straight year that the NHSCA has presented its National Coach of the Year Awards.



Each one of the honorees will receive a beautiful trophy, plus they will be honored in the National High School Sports Digital Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA is currently designing.


Past NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coaches of the Year:

2017 – Mel Roberts – Tooele HS, Utah

2016 – Tina Bates – Buchholz HS, Florida

2015 – Chris Plumb – Carmel HS, Indiana
2014 – Rich & Ron Blanc – Santa Margarita Catholic HS, California
2013 – Nick Frasersmith – Regis Jesuit, Colorado
2012 – Bruce Woodbury – New Trier HS, Illinois
2011 – Brian Gross – Charlotte Catholic HS, North Carolina
2010 – Marty Keating – Pittsford Central HS, New York
2009 – Kent Kirchner – The Woodlands, Texas
2008 – Pete Higgins – The Westminster Schools, Georgia
2007 – Jean Chard – Lafayette HS, Missouri
2006 – John Casadia – Vineland HS, New Jersey
2005 – Andy Pedersen – Hamilton Southeastern HS, Indiana
2004 – Jeff Poppell – The Bolles School, Florida
2003 – Denny Hill – Pioneer HS, Michigan
2002 – Tim Beerman – Ursuline Academy, Ohio
2001 – Ken Stopkotte – Carmel HS, Indiana
2000 – Sandy Martin – Providence HS, North Carolina


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