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Boys' Swimming Coach of the Year
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Larry Shofe
The Bolles School - Jacksonville, Florida

"Larry Shofe is an outstanding example for successful high school swimming 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." Shofe coached both the boys and girls swimming teams at The Bolles School to runaway Class 4A state titles last season. Led by National High School Senior Boys Swimming Athlete of the Year Alex Lim, the Bolles boys team set three national records and four additional state records to win the title by a 598-245 margin, nearly double the number of points scored by any other boys team in any class. Shofe's girls team set two national records and two additional state records to win its title by a 550-265 margin. 



Dave Coffman 
St. Xavier High School - Cincinnati, Ohio

Coffman helped maintain St. Xavier High's reputation as a national swimming power by coaching the Bombers to nine state championships before retiring after the 1997 season. St. Xavier's performances -the school has won 23 state titles overall -were a major factor in the Cincinnati area's rise to prominence as a national swimming hotbed, joining Florida and California. 



Dr. Rick Creed
Parkview High School Lilburn, Georgia

Dr. Creed has coached the boys and girls swimming teams at Parkview High for 11 years. His boys teams have won five state titles, including the past three in succession, and his girls teams have won a pair of state titles as well. His 2000 and 2001 teams were nationally ranked. Dr. Creed currently serves as the president of the Georgia High School Swim Coaches Association (GHSSCA) and has been selected as Coach of the Year by the GHSSCA six times, including the past three years. Dr. Creed holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Georgia State University, where he held the school record in the 100-meter breaststroke. Parkview High and the Gwinnett County Board of Education also honored Creed as Teacher of the Year this year.



Virginia Weber
Moorestown High School - Moorestown, New Jersey

"Virginia Weber has coached a diverse mix of sports and athletes over the years, and her success particularly with the sport of boys swimming is clearly worthy of the highest praise," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Virginia Weber as the National High School Boys Swim Coach of the Year." Weber's coaching career has include stints with soccer, softball and lacrosse, but it is her boys swim team that has placed in the top two at the state meet on eight occasions, including six state championships. With over 20 years of coaching experience, Weber's team will try and deliver her a 200th coaching victory next season, as her current record sits at 198-61.



Jim Brower
St. Xavier High School - Cincinnati, Ohio

This year's boy's swimming honoree is St. Xavier High Coach Jim Brower. Brower, is part of the legendary program which posted it's sixth number 1 national ranking at the end of the season. 



Mark Onstott
New Trier High School - Winnetka, Illinois

A 30-year coaching veteran who also has coached in Iowa and Texas, Onstott has coached New Trier High's boys team since 1995. His 2004 team won the state title and his 2005 team finished third. At New Trier, his teams have posted a 103-8-1 dual meet record, won 10 conference titles, eight sectional titles and have earned nine top-10 state meet finishes. He has coached 63 all-state swimmers and 47 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) All-Americans. In 2003, he also took over the girls program, which has finished second, third and fourth in the state meet. A five-time Illinois Coach of the Year, he is the current NISCA president. 



Brian Metheny
Sunnyslope High School - Phoenix, Arizona

Metheny has been coaching for more than 30 years, and has spent the last 24 building Sunnyslope's boys and girls teams. His hard work came to fruition this year as the two teams swept the Class 4A, Division 2 boys and girls titles. With NHSCA National High School Girls Swimming Senior Athlete of the Year Alexandra Clarke leading the way, Sunnyslope edged Phoenix Arcadia High 375-356 for the girls title. The boys team nearly doubled the score of runner-up Cottonwood Mingus High, 443-233 as all three relay teams swam to victory. Prior to moving to Sunnyslope, Metheny coached Phoenix Washington High to four consecutive state titles from 1973-76. 



John Turner
Jenks High School - Jenks, Oklahoma

Turner has been a successful coach in four states, but his Jenks teams have stood out over his 22 years as swimming and water polo coach. His teams have won 20 state swimming team titles, with his boys team taking its 12th title this year under his direction. He led the Trojans boys teams to nine consecutive titles (1996-2004). His girls team finished second this year and the Trojan girls have won eight state crowns. Five times - in 1991, 1992, 2002, 2003 and 2004 - both the Jenks boys and girls teams took state titles. His swimmers own five individual and six relay state records. Three of his swimmers have competed in the Olympic Games and he has produced six NAIA national champions, 92 high school state champions and 66 high school All-Americans. 



Marty O'Toole
St. Xavier High School - Louisville, Kentucky

A 1957 St. Xavier graduate, O'Toole was a four-time All-American and the first swimmer to win four state championships in the same event - the 100-yard breaststroke - in Kentucky high school history. After attending Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame, O'Toole, who has taught chemistry and physics at St. Xavier, coached the Tigers for two years in the early 1970s, then returned as head coach in 1989, directing St. Xavier to state titles the past 20 seasons. He has coached 23 swimmers to 49 individual state championships, along with 37 relay state titles. His swimmers set 16 state records and two national records, with 59 earning All-America status. Next season, he will switch roles with his son, Michael, becoming his assistant coach. Michael O'Toole served as his father's assistant for more than a decade.   



Mike Torrey
Zeeland West High School - Zeeland, Michigan

Torrey just completed his 30th season as coach of Zeeland's boys and girls swimming teams (the teams remained combined after a second high school was added six years ago). This year, his boys team posted a perfect 9-0 record and won the Division 2 state championship, the first for the boys team since they took back-to-back Class B-C-D titles in 1990 and 1991. His boys and girls teams swept the state meet in both seasons. Competing in large-school Division 1, his boys teams were state runners-up in 2005 and 2007. Torrey's girls teams dominated the Class B-C-D meet from 1987-94, winning six state titles during that span, and also have posted six state runner-up finishes. In 1992, Torrey was the recipient of the Matt Mann Award, the highest award given by the Michigan Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (MISCA) for continued leadership, contributions, and service to Michigan high school swimming. He was voted the Girls Coach of the Year by MISCA in 2003 and the Zone 5 Boys Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2008.



Mel Roberts
Tooele High School - Tooele, Utah

Roberts just completed his 41st season as coach of Tooele’s boys and girls swimming teams. A high school All-America and championship swimmer at the University of Utah, Roberts has led Tooele to 31 region championships and 11 state titles. Nine of those have been won by the boys team, most recently the 4A title in 2002. This year’s team finished sixth. His girls teams won state crowns in 1999 and 2001. Through the 2008-09 season, his boys teams had a record of 452-87 and his girls teams had a record of 328-74. Roberts is a member of the Tooele High School Wall of Fame as an athlete and coach, and has been named Coach of the Year 12 times by the Utah Swimming Coaches Association, which he also served 10 years as president, and currently as secretary-treasurer. The National Federation of State High School Associations named him Boys Swimming Coach of the Year in 2005. The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) presented Roberts with its Outstanding Service Award in 1991 and inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2009.



Art Downey
Edina High School - Edina, Minnesota

Downey retired from a 34-year teaching career nearly two decades ago, but at age 83, he is still going strong as the school’s swimming coach. He just completed his 55th year at Edina-Morningside High School, Edina and Edina East High School, when the district had two high schools. His teams have won 10 state titles – in 1965, 1967, 1968, 1984, 1986, 1987, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010 – and posted a career dual-meet record of 483-141-1. That included a 24-1 record this past season, when the Hornets finished third in state. His swimmers produced three individual event wins this year, giving Downey 58 career winners. Named district Coach of the Year 11 times, state Coach of the Year six times and a National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) National Coach of the Year, Downey has served in every swimming leadership capacity in Minnesota. He was a co-founder of the Minnesota Swimming Coaches Association, has served as chairman of the Minnesota Swimming Hall of Fame since its inception in 1978 and has served as NISCA’s Minnesota state delegate since 1980. Downey is a member of seven Halls of Fame, most recently his induction into the NISCA Hall of Fame this year. 



Dave Hanson
Bishop Hendricken High School - Warwick, Rhode Island

Hanson created the Bishop Hendricken swim team as a club sport in 1978. Three years later, the now-varsity Hawks claimed the first of 26 state team titles under Hanson’s direction. In February, Hendricken won its 23rd consecutive state title – the nation’s longest active streak – and also owns two New England titles and four runner-up finishes. Among Hanson’s many awards: the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) David H. Robertson Excellence in Coaching Award in 2006 and the NISCA Outstanding Service Award in 2010. He has served in every swimming leadership capacity in Rhode Island, including two terms as president of the Rhode Island Swim Coaches Association and its treasurer since 2000, and president and member of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted in 1992. He was named Boys Coach of the Year by the Rhode Island Athletic Administrators Association in 1995, and received the Larry Gallogly Humanitarian Award from the Providence Gridiron Club in 1998. Hanson has earned three STOYKO Awards for sportsmanship from the Rhode Island Swim Officials Association, which also presented him with the Joseph L. Tracey Memorial Award for contributions to swimming in 1999. The Providence Journal named Hanson one of the 100 most significant people in Rhode Island high school sports in the 20th century.



Kevin Kinel
Chesterton High School - Chesterton, Indiana 

Kevin Kinel has been the head coach at Chesterton for over three decades. The 2012-13 school year was another great one as his Trojans won four individual events and two relay golf medals on the way to the school’s third Indiana state championship in the last six years. In his career, Kinel has produced 53 first-team All-Americans and three Olympic Trial qualifiers. This year, he was also named Coach of the Year by the Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association.  



Joe Pereira
Skyline High School, Salt Lake City, Utah

The 2013-14 swim season say Joe Pereira add to his impress coaching resume by leading Skyline boys’ and girls’ swim teams to Utah Class 4A state titles.  In all, since taking over at Skyline in 2005, Pereira’s boys teams have won four state crowns, while this year’s girls’ title was the seventh overall and third in a row.  Prior to coming to the Skyline school, Pereira was the head coach at Cyprus High School where he led the boys’ team to two Utah state championships in 2000 and 2001.



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 the late 70’s.  Rogers’ 1989 team was declared national champs. Rogers is the first coach from California to win the NHSCA Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year.



Mark Morehouse
Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
Morehouse has been the head coach of the Fossil Ridge boys program since 2008 and assistant girls’ coach since 2010. He led his school to its second straight Colorado 5A state championship during the 2015-2016 season. This year’s team had one individual state champ and dominated the state team championships with 331.5 points nearly 80 points ahead of Regis Jesuit who hold 20 state titles including 4 consecutive from 2011-2014. Prior to the 2015 state title, Fossil Ridge had never won a championship title. The Sabercats placed among the top four in nine events.


Rich Howley
Dallastown High School - Dallastown, Pennsylvania

Rich Howley, who retired at the end of the 2016-17 season, coached the boys and girls swimming programs for three decades at Dallastown.  Under his reign, the Wildcats won 50 York-Adams League titles — 25 by the boys and 25 by the girls — and a girls' District 3 championship. He also coached six swimmers to individual state gold medals with 40 district champions and more than 100 All-Americans"I want my legacy to be what I built in children in terms of their character," said Howley after his retirement. "That's what I've always wanted. From myself and my staff." Howley is the first coach from Pennsylvania to win the NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year Award.



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