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AL's Tom Esslinger named 2017 NHSCA Girls' Track & Field Coach of the Year

Wednesday, June 28, 2017  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) is proud to announce Tom Esslinger, head coach at Homewood High School in Homewood, Alabama as its National High School Girls’ Track and Field Coach of the Year.



Esslinger led the Homewood girls to their fourth straight state championship in May.  Led by sprinter Jasmine Griffin, who won three individual gold medals along with a relay gold, Homewood took home seven gold medals in individual events, plus one in the 4X400 relay.



The state title was the tenth overall for Esslinger, who is head coach of the boys’ team as well.  Since taking-over in 2005, Homewood girls and boys have captured ten state titles with nine runner-up finishes.  The track and field title gave the Homewood girls a three-peat this year under Esslinger.  The Homewood girls also won the cross country and indoor track state titles during the 2016-17 school year.



“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Esslinger as National Girls’ Track and Field Coach of the Year,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “Coach Esslinger’s commitment to excellence for his student-athletes on-and-off the athletic fields and in the classroom makes him an great choice for this honor.”



Coach Esslinger is the second coach from Alabama to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Track and Field Coach of the Year award.  Jim Tate of St. Paul’s Episcopal School won it in 2010.



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’ Track and Field Coaches of the Year:

2016 – Carmen Jackson, Northwestern HS - Florida

2015 – Jim Ciccarello, La Cueva HS – New Mexico

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


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