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NHSCA Announces the 2015 Coach of the Year Honorees

Monday, June 1, 2015  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) is proud to announce the winners for its 2015 National High School Coach of the Year Awards.


This is the 16th year straight year the NHSCA has honored these achievers in the high school coaching community nationwide. This year’s recipients, selected in a total of 20 boys and girls sports, are from 18 different states. Florida and New Jersey lead the way with two coaches being honored and 16 states claiming one honoree each.


While these coaches represent a multitude of different backgrounds, they exhibit a common theme: a strong dedication to supporting and developing high school student-athletes.


“This announcement is always a lot of fun for me,” said NHSCA Executive Director Bob Ferraro, Jr. “The coaches we are honoring today are outstanding examples for successful high school coaches in their sport. They place a high value on the teamwork skills their players learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring all of them.”


Each one of the honorees will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA will be building in the near future.


Following are the NHSCA’s selections as the 2015 National High School Coaches of the Year, along with a list of past winners.


2015 NHSCA National Baseball Coach of the Year


Chan Brown – Parkview High School, Lilburn, Georgia


Chan Brown has been the head coach of Parkview High School for eleven seasons, during which time the Panthers have been not only one of the best teams in the State of Georgia, but in the nation.  At the time of his honor, Parkview is ranked #1 in the nation by Baseball America — the Panthers won the 2012 mythical national championship.  A week ago, Parkview won the 2015 Georgia AAAAAA state title, the school’s third under Brown. This past season, Coach Brown celebrated his 300th win and owns an overall record of 326-121 . In 2014, Coach Brown was the manager of USA Baseball’s 15-Under national team that competed in the 15-U Baseball World Cup, winning a silver medal.  Coach Brown has won over a dozen Coach of the Year Awards, including the ABCA Southeastern Regional Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012.


Coach Brown is the first coach from Georgia to win the NHSCA National High School Baseball Coach of the Year Award.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Baseball Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Ken Frank – Toms River South HS, New Jersey

2013 – Phil Clark – Bartlett High School, Bartlett, Tennessee

2012 – Gene Schultz – Kee HS, Iowa

2011 – Tom O’Connell – Catholic Central HS, Wisconsin

2010 -  Jerry Dawson – Chaparral HS, Arizona

2009 – Guy Anderson – Cordova HS, California

2008 – Jerry Boatner – West Lauderdale HS, Florida

2007 – Ron Eastman – The Woodlands, Texas

2006 – Scott Salow – Homer HS, Michigan

2005 – Stan McKeever – La Cueva HS, New Mexico

2004 – Jeff Griffith – Cactus HS, Arizona

2003 – Jim Danley – Eaton HS, Colorado

2002 – John Lowery – Jefferson HS, West Virginia

2001 – Rich Hofman – Westminster Academy, Florida

2000 – Sam Blalock – Rancho Bernardo, California


2105 NHSCA National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year


Melvin Randall – Blanche Ely High School, Pompano Beach, Florida


Melvin Randall led Blanche Ely High School to its third Florida 7A championship in the last four years during the 2014-15 season. His team finished 28-0 and was ranked in the Top 5 of several national ranking services. His team played in the Dick’s Sporting Goods National in April, losing its only game of the season in the quarterfinals to Nevada-power Findlay Prep.  Coach Randall has won six Florida state basketball titles (four at Blanche Ely and two at Deerfield Beach) during his 23-years as a head basketball coach in the state.  His overall coaching record is 482-141.  Randall also named All-USA Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.


Coach Randall is the first coach from Florida to win the NHSCA’s National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year Award.


Past winners of NHSCA National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Gary McKight – Mater Dei HS, California

2013 – Tony Harper – Montwood HS, Texas

2012 – Douglas Lipscomb – Wheeler HS, Georgia

2011 – Vito Montelli – St. Joseph HS, Connecticut

2010 -  Harvey Kitani – Fairfax HS, California

2009 -  Jack Curran – Archbishop Molloy, New York

2008 – Dick Katte – Denver Christian HS, Colorado

2007 – Bob Hurley, Sr. – St. Anthony HS, New Jersey

2006 – Jack Keefer, Lawrence North HS, Indiana

2005 – Robert Hughes, Dunbar HS, Texas

2004 – Charles Smith, Peabody Magnet HS, Louisiana

2003 – Dave Garvin, Philomath HS, Oregon

2002 – Jack Butcher, Loogootee HS, Indiana

2001 – Bob Williams, Schaumburg HS, Illinois

2000 – Russell Otis, Dominguez HS, California


2015 NHSCA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year


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.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Mike Kopp, Allentown Central Catholic HS, Pennsylvania

2013 – Miner Webster, Highland HS, Arizona

2012 – David Schlabach – Hiland HS, Ohio

2011 – Kevin Kiernan – Mater Dei HS, California

2010 -  Cathy Self-Morgan – Duncanville HS – Texas

2009 – Brian Harrigan – Sacred Heart Cathedral HS, California

2008 -  Dorothy Gaters – John Marshall HS, Illinois

2007 -  Leta Andrews – Granbury HS, Texas

2006 -  Bob Mackey – Christ the King HS, New York

2005 -  Brad Smith – Oregon City HS, Oregon

2004 – Ed Grezinsky – Murry Bergtraum HS, New York

2003 – Joe Lombard – Canyon HS, Texas

2002 – Dave Houle – Mountain View HS, Utah

2001 – James Anderson – Narbonne HS, California

2000 – Gerald Whaley – William Mason HS, Ohio


2015 NHSCA National Boys’ Cross County Coach of the Year


Ken Skelly – La Salle Academy, Providence, Rhode Island


2014 was a super year for Coach Ken Skelly and his La Salle Academy runners.  First, La Salle captured its first Rhode Island Cross Country championship since 1983.  La Salle placed five runners in the top nine at the state meet and seven runners finished in the top eleven.  Then, for the first time ever, La Salle qualified for the Nike Cross Country Nationals, finishing 18th at the event.  Skelly has been the head coach at La Salle for 15 years with 150 victories and less than 10 losses.


Coach Skelly is the first winner of the NHSCA National Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year Award from Rhode Island.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Mark Wieczorek – Gig Harbor HS, Washington

2013 – Jeff Morris – Perham High School, Perham, Minnesota

2012 – Laurens TenKate – Calvin Christian HS, Michigan

2011 – Adam Kedge – Albuquerque Academy, New Mexico

2010 – Walt Lang – Jesuit HS, California

2009 – Mike Holman – Lawrence Central, Indiana

2008 – Van Rose – Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Kansas

2007 – Bill Greiten – Gillett HS, Wisconsin

2006 – Rick Baker – Hopi HS, Arizona

2005 – Davis Eidahl – Perkin HS, Iowa

2004 – Dan Green – The Woodlands, Texas

2003 – Joe Newton – York Community HS, Illinois

2002 – Rich Trenoze – Bayonne HS, New Jersey

2001 – Don Behnke – Stevens Point HS, Wisconsin

2000 – Joe Newton – York HS, Illinois


2015 NHSCA National Girls’ Cross County Coach of the Year Award


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”.


Aris is the second coach from New York to be named NHSCAGirls’ Cross County Coach of the Year. Art and Linda Kranick of Saratoga Springs won the award in 2004.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Dave Emmans – Wayzata HS, Minnesota

2013 – Jeff Devantier – Birmingham Seaholm High School, Michigan

2012 – Patrick Castagno – The Tatnall School, Delaware

2011 – Jim Tracy – University HS, California

2010 – Darrell Burmeister – Nodaway Valley HS - Iowa

2009 – Catherine Lempesis – Dutch Fork HS, South Carolina

2008 -  Jerry Popp – Willmar HS, Minnesota

2007 – Robert Ondrasek, Southlake Carroll HS, Texas

2006 – Mark Logan -RHAM Regional, Connecticut

2005 – Mike Woolsey – Lumen Christi HS, Michigan

2004 – Art & Linda Kranick – Saratoga Springs HS, New York

2003 – Michael Bauer – Regis HS, Oregon

2002 -  Jeff Arbogast – Bingham HS, Utah

2001 – George Varvas – Woodbridge HS, California

2000 – Steve Telaneus – Marcus HS, Texas


2015 NHSCA National Field Hockey Coach of the Year


Laurie Kerr – Warren Hills High School, Washington, New Jersey


Laurie Kerr, who has been the head field hockey coach at Warren Hills for 15 years, led the school to its first state title in 2014.  Warren Hills captured New Jersey’s Group 3 title. Kerr, who is a Warren Hills alum, is a member of the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.  Kerr’s lifetime record is 264-71-12.


Coach Kerry is the second coach from New Jersey to be named NHSCA National Field Hockey Coach of the Year. Eastern Regional’s Danyle Heilig won the award in 2010.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Tara Worley – Lakeland HS, Virginia

2013 - Eileen Donahue – Watertown HS, Massachusetts

2012 – Lillian “Lil” Shelton – Severna Park HS, Maryland

2011 – Wendy Wilson – Tabb HS, Virginia

2010 – Danyle Heilig – Eastern Regional HS, New Jersey

2009 – Karen Klassner – Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania

2008 -  Robin Chandler – The Hotchkiss School, Connecticut

2007 -  Sue Butz-Stavin – Emmaus HS – Pennsylvania

2006 -  Diane Chapman – Garden City HS – New York

2005 – Amy Longley – Hathaway Brown School, Ohio

2004 – Paul Doughty – Skowhegan HS, Maine

2003 – Debby Watson – Villa Duchesne HS, Missouri

2002 -  Diana Walker – Sanford HS, Maine

2001 – Bob Derr – Lititz HS, Pennsylvania

2000 -  Linda Nixon – Springfield Twp. HS, Pennsylvania


2015 NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year Award


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.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Tom Westerberg, Allen HS, Texas

2013 – J.T. Curtis, John Curtis School, Louisiana

2012 – Chuck Lenahan – Plymouth HS, New Hampshire

2011 – George Smith – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Florida

2010 – Jeremy Williams – Greenville HS, Georgia

2009 – John McKissick – Summerville HS , South Carolina

2008 – James Drewry – Booneville HS, Mississippi

2007 – Gary Rankin – Alcoa HS, Tennessee

2006 – Randy Allen – Highland Park HS, Texas

2005 – Charles “Corky” Rogers – The Bolles School, Florida

2004 – Bob Ladouceur – De La Salle HS, California

2003 – Chris Jones – Heritage HS, Virginia

2002 – Alan Trimble – Jenks HS , Oklahoma

2001 – Bob Ladouceur – De La Salle HS, California

2000 – Mike Pettine, Sr. – Central Bucks West, Pennsylvania


2015 NHSCA National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year


Dave Messerli, Marion High School, Marion, Iowa


Dave Messerli has served as Marion’s head golf coach for 41 years.  During that time, Coach Messerli has led his school to a state championship, several top ten team finishes, eleven conference titles and numerous individual top ten finishes. Dave’s coaching talent goes beyond golf — he served as head football coach at Marion High School for 18 years and was inducted into the Iowa Football Coaches Association hall of Fame in 1998. Coach Messerli has also served as assistant varsity wrestling coach, plus an assistant coach for boys’ and girls’ basketball.


Coach Messerli is the second coach from Iowa to win the NHSCA’s National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year Award. Richard Gaard from Decorah won the award in 2008.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year Award


2014 – George Bitner – Spring Lake HS, Michigan

2013 – Jim Jacobsen – Bergen Catholic HS, New Jersey

2012 – Jeff Doherty – Edmond North HS, Oklahoma

2011 – Larry Ries – Hunterdon Central HS, New Jersey

2010 – Darrell Berglund - Hazen HS, North Dakota

2009 – Jim Bennett - Grosse Ile HS, Michigan

2008 -  Richard Gaard - Decorah HS, Iowa

2007 – Terry Nelson - Whitefish HS, Montana

2006 – Marty Donlon - St. Xavier HS, Kentucky

2005 – Rob Prentiss - St. Charles North HS, Illinois

2004 – Bill Roller – Jenks HS, Oklahoma

2003 – Mark Kedy – Ada HS, Oklahoma

2002 – Mike Ellis - Canlais HS, Maine

2001 – David Hutton - Grandville HS, Michigan

2000 – Wayne Everett – Kingston HS, Tennessee


2015 NHSCA National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year


Leslie Bender, Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, Kentucky


Leslie Bender led Sacred Heart Academy to its fourth straight Kentucky girls’ golf state championship in 2014. The road to the four-peat needed a little extra golf as Sacred Heart beat Henry Clay High School 21-23 in a playoff.  The fourth straight state title matches the school’s run of four titles from 1984-to-87, which ties Glagow High for the record of four-straight  state titles. Since taking-over the Sacred Heart Academy program in 2006, Bender has graduated 15 players that have moved-on to play golf at the college level.


Bender is the first coach from Kentucky to win the NHSCA National Girls Golf Coach of the Year Award.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Dave Gianferante – Notre Dame Academy, Massachusetts

2013 – Jodi Schoeck – Barrington HS, Illinois

2012 – Karen Gravley – Allen HS, Texas

2011 – Ryan Best – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Kansas

2010 – Kathy Berglund - Hazen HS, North Dakota

2009 – Ken Van Den Boom – Caledonia HS, Minnesota

2008 – Carol Fromuth – St. Joseph’s Academy, Missouri

2007 – Dr. H. King Oehmig – The Baylor School, Tennessee

2006 – Jim Garrett – Penn HS, Indiana

2005 – Sister Lynn Winsor – Xavier College Prep, Arizona

2004 – Grayson Fitzhugh – Mount Notre Dame, Ohio

2003 – Mary Flande – Sisters HS, Oregon

2002 -  Dewey Stendahl – Middleton HS, Wisconsin

2001 – Sharon Most – Martinsville HS, Indiana

2000 – Donna Pierce – Highland Park HS, Texas


2015 NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year


Terry Michler, Christian Brothers College High School, St. Louis, Missouri


Terry Michler is America’s winningest high school soccer coach in America with a lifetime mark of 896-209-99.  Michler has led CBC to seven of its state record eight state championships.  This past season, he was honored by the Missouri State High School Activities Association with its Distinguish Service Award.  He a member of the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame.


Michler is the second straight Missourian to win the NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year Award.  Last year, Greg Vitello of De Smet High School was given the prestigious honor.  The first Missouri coach to win the award was Charlie Martel of St. Louis University High School in 2004.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Greg Vitello – De Smet HS, Missouri

2013 – Paul Rose – Jesuit HS, California

2012 – Andy Schulten – St. Xavier HS, Kentucky

2011 – Jerry Little – North Central HS, Indiana

2010 – Chuck Scanlon – Apple Valley HS, Minnesota

2009 – Craig Ewing – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Kansas

2008 – John Kissner – Walsh Jesuit HS, Ohio

2007 – Gary Montalto – Arlington HS, New York

2006 -  Dave Pinkham – Gilford HS, New Hampshire

2005 – William Stara – River Hill HS, Maryland

2004 – Charlie Martel – St. Louis University HS, Missouri

2003 – Donald Gregg – Severna HS, Maryland

2002 – Shawn Brower – Orangewood Christian School, Florida

2001 – Bruno Schwarz – North Allegheny HS, Pennsylvania

2000 – John Stockton – Mountain View HS, Utah


2015 National Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year


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.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Paul Heenehan – Ramapo High School, New Jersey

2013 – Vince Drake – Trinity Catholic HS, Missouri

2012 – Clare Collins – Broad Run HS, Virginia

2011 – Hank Tenney – Rivendell Academy, New Hampshire

2010 – Troy Tokarchik – Bishop Kelly HS, Oklahoma

2009 – Julie Bergstrom – Waubonsie HS, Illinois

2008 – Steve Racine – Kinnelon HS, New Jersey

2007 – Carlos Giron – St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida

2006 – Laura Rountree – M. Stoneman Douglas HS, Florida

2005 – Rusty Taylor – University HS, California

2004 – Jim Burnside – New Trier HS, Illinois

2003 – Douglas Freeman – Marlborough HS, Massachusetts

2002 – Maureen McVey – St. Joseph’s Academy, Missouri

2001 – Fred Dixon – Carmel HS, Indiana

2000 – James Gardner – Cheyenne East HS, Wyoming


2015 NHSCA National Softball Coach of the Year


Ashley Barber-Strunk, Sherwood High School, Sandy Spring, Maryland


In two years as the school head softball coach, Ashley Barber-Strunk has continued the winning ways at Sherwood.  This past season Barber-Strunk led the school to its fourth straight Maryland 4A state title.  The school will also take an 83-game win streak into the 2015-16 season.   Barber-Strunk is a perfect 41-0 has a head coach.  At the time of her winning the NHSCA 2015 COY award, Sherwood is ranked #5 in the nation by MaxPreps.


Barber-Strunk is the second Maryland coach to be named the NHSCA National Softball Coach of the Year. Robert Earl Radford of Northern High School won the award in 2013.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Softball Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Monte Sherrill – Alexander Central HS, North Carolina

2013 – Robert Earl Radford – Northern HS, Maryland

2012 – Mark Schusterman – Gulliver Prep, Florida

2011 – Debbie Holcombe - Byrnes HS, South Carolina

2010 -  Robert Iamurri - Naples HS, Florida

2009 – Larry Niemeyer - Jefferson HS, Iowa

2008 – Wally Hausdorf - William Cullen HS, New York

2007 – Tony Scarbrough - Baker HS, Alabama

2006 – Jeff Griffith - Cactus HS, Arizona

2005 – James McClanahan - Fort Bend Elkins HS, Texas

2004 – Sammy Dunn -Vestavia Hills HS, Alabama

2003 – Glen Rutenbar - Bartow HS, Florida

2002 – Gary Adams - Crescent HS, South Carolina

2001 – Dwayne Ross – Weatherford HS, Texas

2000 – Shelly Bollin - Brazoswood HS, Texas


2015 NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year


Larry Rogers, Bellarmine Prep, San Jose, California


Larry Rogers of Bellarmine College Prep is the winningest swim coach in California Interscholastic Federation history.  This past season, the Bellarmine boys’ swim team won its 31st straight CIF-Central Coast Section team championship.  Rogers took over the Bellarmine program in 1981.  Rogers’ 1989 team was declared national champs.


Rogers is the first coach from California to win the NHSCA Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Joe Pereira – Skyline HS, Utah

2013 – Kevin Kinel – Chesterton HS, Indiana

2012 – Dave Hanson – Bishop Hendricken HS, Rhode Island

2011 – Art Downey – Edina HS, Minnesota

2010 – Mel Roberts – Tooele HS, Utah

2009 – Mike Torrey – Zeeland West HS, Michigan

2008 – Marty O’Toole – St. Xavier HS, Kentucky

2007 – John Turner – Jenks HS, Oklahoma

2006 – Brian Metheny – Sunnyslope HS, Arizona

2005 – Mark Onstott – New Trier HS, Illinios

2004 – Jim Brower – St. Xavier HS, Ohio

2003 – Virginia Weber – Moorestown HS, New Jersey

2002 – Dr. Rick Creed – Parkview HS, Georgia

2001 – Dave Coffman – St. Xavier HS, Ohio

2000 – Larry Shofe – The Bolles School, Florida


2015 NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year


Chris Plumb, Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana


Chris Plumb has led the Carmel High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams since 2006.  During that time, Plumb has added-on to one of high school swimming’s all-time dynasties.  The Carmel girls won their 29th straight Indiana state championship this past season, which led them to their sixth national championship in the last seven years.  The 29 straight state titles ties Carmel with Punahou High School boys’ swim team in Hawaii for the national record of consecutive titles.. Punahou achieved its 29 straight from 1958 to 1986.  In this year’s state meet, Carmel won nine of 11 swimming events, broke national records in all three relays and finished first with 445 points – most ever in 41 years of Indiana's state meet. Carmel's 266-point margin over second-place Fishers was also a record.


Plumb is the third Indiana coach and second Carmel High coach to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year Award.  Ken Stopkotte won the award in 2001.  In 2005, Andy Pedersen of Hamilton Southeast won the award.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year Award


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


2015 NHSCA National Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year


Dan Holden, Highland Park High School, University Park, Texas


Dan Holden, who has been at the helm of Highland Park High School tennis program for 14 years, has built a juggernaut in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  This past season, Highland Park won its seventh straight Texas title, extending its dual match win streak to 151 straight.  The state title was the 16th overall for the school, which is a state record.


Holden is the second Texas coach to win the NHSCA Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year Award. Jerry Lacey of St. Mark’s School was honored in 2002.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Rusty Komori, Punahou School, Hawaii

2013 – Tony Splendore – Mt. Pleasant HS, Pennsylvania

2012 – Bill Kingston – Moorestown HS, New Jersey

2011 – Kelly Mulligan – Gulliver Prep, Florida

2010 – James Soloman – William Hall HS, Connecticut

2009 – Connie Jones – Greenwich HS, Connecticut

2008 – Preston Jackson, Jr. – Boys Latin School, Maryland

2007 – Tom Pullen – Pioneer HS, Michigan

2006 – Tim Mang – Corona del Mar HS, California

2005 – Don Barnes – Bishop O’Gorman HS, South Dakota

2004 – Tony Kamen – Naples HS, Florida

2003 – Bob Wood – University Liggett School, Michigan

2002 – Jerry Lacey – St. Mark’s School, Texas

2001 – Leo Scoda – Phoenixville HS, Pennsylvania

2000 – Gary Pilling – Walker HS, Alabama


2015 NHSCA National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year


Laurie Martin, Xavier College Prep, Tempe, Arizona


Laurie Martin led Xavier Prep to its fourth straight Division 1 state title in 2015.  Martin has been cited for her “no-cut” policy, which has led to the program having nearly 100 student-athletes. Tennis Industry Magazine has also named her Coach of the Year and so did the United States Tennis Association for her “no-cut” philosophy.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Father Frank Kissel, Marist HS, Georgia

2013 – Vincent Romeo – The Miami Valley School, Ohio

2012 – Dick Villaflor – The Heritage Hall School, Oklahoma

2011 – Anita Murphy – Lewiston HS, Maine

2010 – Dave Steinbach – Brookfield Central HS, Wisconsin

2009 – Jeff Holman – Haddonfield Memorial, New Jersey

2008 – Ed Yarbrough – Jasper HS, Indiana

2007 – Steve Paulsen – Edina HS, Minnesota

2006 – Michael Kypriss – Dr. Michael Krop HS, Florida

2005 – Kristie Stevens – Catalina Foothills HS, Arizona

2004 – Emilio Gonzalez – Sunset HS, Florida

2003 – Anni Miller – Lakeridge HS, Oregon

2002 – Susan Stevens – Beverly Hills HS, California

2001 – Jo Cabana – Cardinal Gibbons HS, Florida

2000 – Steve Spivey – Needham Broughton HS, North Carolina


2015 NHSCA National Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year


John Jones, Spring Valley High School, Columbia, South Carolina


John Jones has spent his entire career at Spring Valley High School, leading the school to five South Carolina state championships with 11 state runner-up finishes.  In 2007, Jones was inducted into the South Carolina Track Coaches Hall of Fame.  In 2009, he was honored by being inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame.


Jones is the first coach from South Carolina to be honored as the NHSCA Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Alex Armeteros – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Florida

2013 – Robert Steele – North Rowan HS, North Carolina

2012 – Woody Barnett – Pearl HS, Mississippi

2011 – Robbie Robinson – Mountain View HS, Arizona

2010 – Pete Boudreaux – Catholic HS, Louisiana

2009 – Dennis McNulty – Warren Central HS, Indiana

2008 – Warren Mitchell – Limon HS, Colorado

2007 – Joe Howell – Lisbon HS, North Dakota

2006 – Pat Galle – UMS Wright, Alabama

2005 – Don Carnahan – Russellville HS, Alabama

2004 – Chad Walker – Wheeler HS, Georgia

2003 – Rob Johnson – Clare HS, Michigan

2002 – Lindy Remigino – Hartford HS, Connecticut

2001 – Roger Mathiesen – Kearney HS, Nebraska

2000 – Chuck Koeppen – Carmel HS, Indiana


2015 NHSCA National Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year


Jim Ciccarello, La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico


For 45 years, Jim Ciccarello has been coaching the track & field teams in New Mexico. During his thirty-nine years as a high school coach, he has coached more than 200 individual New Mexico State Champions. His teams have combined for eight New Mexico Team Titles.  Ciccarello has eight second place finishes, four third place finishes, and his teams have won twenty-four district championships.  Coach Ciccarello has been named Coach of the Year ten times in New Mexico.


Ciccarello is the first coach from New Mexico to be named NHSCA National Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Don Norford, Long Beach Poly, California

2013 – June Villers – DeSoto HS, Texas

2012 – David Turnbull – Summit HS, Oregon

2011 – Susan Curnias – William H. Hall HS, Connecticut

2010 – Jim Tate – St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Alabama

2009 – Bill Stamper – Oak Ridge HS, Florida

2008 – Bryan Westfield – Pioneer HS, Michigan

2007 – James Holdren – Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Virginia

2006 – Ed Bowie – Central HS, Maryland

2005 – Dan Kulper – Valley Christian HS, Arizona

2004 – Leon McKenzie – Benson Polytechnic HS, Oregon

2003 – Bryan Westfield – Pioneer HS, Michigan

2002 – Ted Knudson – Northrop HS, Indiana

2001 – Neal Morris – T.W. Andrews HS, North Carolina

2000 – Larry Colbert – Eleanor Roosevelt HS, Maryland


2015 NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year


Susan Odenbaugh, Lewis-Pamer High School, Monument, Colorado


Susan Odenbaugh led Lewis-Palmer to its second straight Colorado 4A state title during the 2014-15 season, plus her team was named national champions by MaxPreps.  Odenbaugh, who has been the school’s head coach since 2002, guided her team to a 29-0 record in a season that saw the team only drop five sets.  Lewis-Palmer has now won 35 straight matches and 46 of its last 47 matches.


Coach Odenbaugh is the first coach from Colorado to be named NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Rick Lorenz, Portland Central Catholic, Oregon

2013 – Jack Magelssen – Denton Kellogg School, Michigan

2012 – Tom Turco – Barnstable HS, Massachusetts

2011 – Fred Rakers  - Mater Dei HS, Illinois

2010 – Laurie LaRusso – Darien HS, Connecticut

2009 -  Jan Stanley – West Henderson HS , North Carolina

2008 – Peg Kopec – St. Francis HS, Illinois

2007 – Steve Shondell - Burris Laboratory, Indiana

2006 – Louise Crocco – Cardinal Gibbons HS, Florida

2005 – Brenda LeBlanc – St. Joseph’s Academy, Louisiana

2004 – Lee Grisham – Wimberley HS, Texas

2003 – Arnie Meyer – Ursuline Academy, Ohio

2002 – Jan Barker – Amarillo HS, Texas

2001 – John Knuth – Marysville HS, Michigan

2000 – Larry Trupe – Torrey Pines, California


2015 NHSCA National Wrestling Coach of the Year


Mike Powell, Oak Park-River Forest High School, Oak Park, Illinois


Mike Powell’s program numbers speak for themselves – two Illinois dual team state championships, four state team championships at the individual state tournament, 10 individual state champions and 31 individual all-state wrestlers.  Powell, who won a 1994 state title as a student-athlete at Oak Park River Forest in 1994, also amassed an overall coaching record of 213-44.


Past winners of the NHSCA National Wrestling Coach of the Year Award


2014 – Dave Dean – Lowell HS, Michigan

2013 – Steve Tirapelle – Clovis HS, California

2012 – Pat Simpson – Father Ryan HS, Tennessee
2011 – Cliff Ramos – Collins Hill HS, Georgia

2010 – Barry Chooljian – Timberlane HS, New Hampshire

2009 – Jeff Sweigard – Central Dauphin HS, Pennsylvania

2008 – Bill Jacoutot – Spencerport HS, New York

2007 – Jerry Winterton – Cary HS, North Carolina

2006 – Mike Polz – Carl Sandburg HS, Illinois

2005 – Roy Hall – Davison HS, Michigan

2004 – Terry Daubert – Northampton HS, Pennsylvania

2003 – Jeff Jordan – St. Paris Graham HS, Ohio

2002 – David East – Bakersfield HS, California; Jim Jackson – Apple Valley HS, Minnesota

2001 – Dave Crowell – Wilson Borough, Pennsylvania; Jeff Jordan – Clarksville HS, Tennessee

2000 – Russ Cozart – Brandon HS, Florida; Scott Legacy – Mount Anthony Union HS, Vermont; Herb Stinson – Aztec HS, New Mexico

1999 – Lewie Benitz – Lincoln HS, Wisconsin; Keith Healy – Providence Catholic HS, Illinois; Tim Marzuola – Highlands Park, Texas; Dick Rhoades – Bald Eagle Area, Pennsylvania

1998 – Jim Poston – Montgomery Bell Academy, Tennessee

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