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Mark Bender, head coach at Bellarmine Prep named 2017 NHSCA Girls' Golf Coach of the Year

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association, NHSCA, is proud to announce Mark Bender, head coach at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington as its National High School Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year.


This past season, Coach Bender led Bellarmine Prep to its eighth straight Washington state championship, which is a state record for consecutive state titles.  In May, Bellarmine won the state title easily with 163.75 points to second place Camas’ 67.75 points.  Bellarmine was led by freshman Julia Bordeaux, who finished tied for third at the state tournament.



Bender also led the Lions to a 2003 state title before stepping away from the program for four years. 



“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Bender as National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “Coach Bender commitment to excellence for his student-athletes on-and-off the golf course makes him an great choice for this honor.”


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



Throughout 2017, 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 18th 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 Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA will be building in the near future.


Past NHSCA National Girls’ Golf Coaches of the Year:

2016 - Margaret Stanley – Socorro HS, New Mexico

2015 – Leslie Bender – Sacred Heart Academy, Kentucky

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


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