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Girls' Golf Coach of the Year
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Donna Pierce
Highland Park High School - Dallas, Texas

"Donna Pierce is an outstanding example for successful high school golf 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 her." In her seven years as head coach, Pierce has maintained Highland Park High's reputation as one of the top girls golf teams in Texas, one of the nation's top golf states. She has guided Highland Park High to the past three Class 4A Texas high school state team titles. This year's state championship team won the title by 22 strokes with a score of 618, the lowest state tournament score turned in by any girls team in any of Texas' five classes, and lower than three of the five team champions in the boys state tournament. Four of her golfers finished among the top 13 individuals in the state. A graduate of Rice University, Pierce is Past President of the North Texas Golf Coaches Association.  Incidentally, Pierce is not the first Highland Park coach to be honored by the NHSCA. Tim Marzuola, the school's head wrestling coach, was among the organization's four National High School Wrestling Coaches of the Year during the 1998-99 season.    



Sharon Most
Martinsville High School - Martinsville, Indiana

A teacher in Martinsville High's business department since 1976, Most has guided the girls golf team to nine state titles -the past six in succession and three more from 1991-93. Since taking over the girls golf program in 1985, Most's teams have a dual-meet record of 161-16, and have lost just three of 120 matches since 1990, the year Martinsville began a run of 11 straight years in the top two in the state. Last fall, Martinsville rallied from six strokes down after the first day to win its sixth straight title by 14. More than a dozen of Most's players have gone on to earn Division I scholarships at schools such as Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Wake Forest, and Western Kentucky. 



Dewey Stendahl
Middleton High School - Middleton, Wisconsin

Stendahl is retiring from coaching this year after a distinguished career that saw him coach both the boys and girls teams at Middleton High. In his final season, Stendahl's girls team qualified for the Division I state tournament for the fifth consecutive year and finished second, its best finish ever. His 1999 team finished third. All five of his top girls golfers were selected to the Big Eight Conference First or Second Teams. Four of Stendahl's boys teams won Division I state titles, including a three-peat in 1997, 1998, and 1999 after he won his first title in 1993. His 1991 team finished second, and his final squad this spring finished eighth.A 1970 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Stendahl also was an outstanding kicker on the school's football team in addition to his golf success.



Mary Flande
Sisters High School - Sisters, Oregon

"Mary Flande is the perfect example of the thousands of coaches around this country that put their athletes before themselves," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Mary Flande as the National High School Girls Golf Coach of the Year." Flande began her coaching career in 1978 in Nunapachuk, Alaska coaching boys and girls basketball. Over the years that career has evolved to include coaching experiences in track, volleyball and golf in the state of Oregon. Now also the athletic director at Sisters High, Flande adds this national coaching award to numerous conference and regional coaching awards in her career. 



Grayson Fitzhugh
Mount Notre Dame - Cincinnati, Ohio

Girls' golf coach and national honoree Grayson Fitzhugh of Mount Notre Dame (Cincinnati, Ohio) High led his squad to its second straight Division 1 title, this one by an impressive 23-stroke victory.   



Sister Lynn
Winsor Xavier College Preparatory School - Phoenix, Arizona

Winsor's record at Xavier has been matched by few coaches anywhere. Her teams have won 23 of the last 25 Class 5A state titles, including the last seven in a row, and were runners-up the other two years. Also Xavier's athletic director, Winsor was awarded the Citation of Excellence by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association in 1989 and is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arizona State University Alumni Association. 



Jim Garrett
Penn High School - Mishawaka, Indiana

Garrett's teams have taken the state's girls golf world by storm during the decade. This year's team won its second consecutive state team title and third in four years, setting state scoring records with a Day 2 score of 301 and a 36-hole tournament score of 314, winning the crown by 32 strokes. Penn was 11-0 during the season and also set a sectional scoring record. Garrett's alma mater, Ball State University, has awarded him state High School Golf Coach of the Year honors for the past five years. Garrett also served as the District 2 Golf Committee representative for the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association during the 2003-04 school year. 



Dr. H. King Oehmig
The Baylor School - Chattanooga, Tennessee

A 1969 Baylor graduate and the Vicar of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Trion, Ga., Dr. Oehmig has been the Head Coach and Director of Golf at the Baylor School for the past 10 years. In that time, he has coached the Red Raiders boys and girls golf teams to 17 Division 2 state team titles. That total includes 10 crowns in the girls team's current 12-year state title streak, the longest in Tennessee high school history in any sport, and his boys teams also own a current seven-year title streak. A member of the golf teams at Baylor and at the University of Virginia, Dr. Oehmig has played in the British Amateur twice, advanced to the USGA Mid-Amateur round of 16 and won many Chattanooga-area events. Three of his golfers earned All-Conference First Team honors at Southeastern Conference schools this spring. 



Carol Fromuth
St. Joseph's Academy - St. Louis, Missouri

Fromuth has had a varied coaching career. At St. Joseph's Academy, her teams had posted a record of 104-5 through last season, and have compiled three Class 2 state titles and three runnerup finishes, to go along with a third-place finish in 2006 and a fifth-place finish this season. She was named the state's Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2000 and the St. Louis Metro Boys Coach of the Year in 1985, when she was coaching at Ballwin Lafayette High. At Lafayette, Fromuth also coached Junior and Senior Powder Puff football for four years and girls basketball for 22 years, 14 on the varsity. She has taught the rules of golf to high school golf coaches in Missouri for 12 years, and is entering her ninth year as director of the Gateway PGA Junior Golf Association. Fromuth received the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association Meritorious Service Award in 1995 and the Gateway PGA Distinguished Service Award in 2003, and was named Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2006. 



Ken Van Den Boom
Caledonia High School - Caledonia, Minnesota

When Van Den Boom began teaching at Caledonia in 1968, there was no interscholastic competition for girls. When he became a junior high boys golf coach four years later, he encouraged some girls to try the sport as well. Five years later, Minnesota held its first girls golf state tournament - and the Caledonia/Spring Grove High co-op team has been an integral part of the sport ever since. Through the 2005 season, his career record stood at 941-66. That season, Van Den Boom coached Caledonia/Spring Grove to its sixth state title, the second most in the history of Minnesota girls golf. He also has coached five runner-up teams and five third place teams, and his teams have competed in the state tournament 22 times. Caledonia also has won 29 conference titles. This year's team owns an 8-0 record, with the wins coming by an average of 37 strokes. Van Den Boom has been named Section 1A Coach of the Year 16 times, and the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association (MGCA) named him the state's Coach of the Year in 1995. He was inducted into the MGCA Hall of Fame in 2005.



Kathy Berglund
Hazen High School - Hazen, North Dakota

Berglund was a lower-level basketball, volleyball and track and field coach team-teaching sixth-grade science, English and reading at Hazen Middle School before agreeing in the early 1990s to help her husband, Darrell, who at the time was the head coach of both the boys and girls golf teams. In 1996, she became the head coach of the girls team, and the rest is history. Hazen’s girls won the first of seven Class B state titles on Kathy Berglund’s resume that year. That includes back-to-back titles the past two seasons. Her teams also have finished second in state five times, third once and sixth once, and 25 of her golfers have won All-State honors. That 1996 championship also brought Berglund the first of eight Class B Coach of the Year awards from the North Dakota High School Coaches Association, a run that included four straight awards from 2003-06. She was named National Girls Golf Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2005, and was a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year award in 2006. 



Ryan Best
St. Thomas Aquinas High School - Overland Park, Kansas

Best holds an interesting dual role at St. Thomas Aquinas. He is the chairman of the Theology Department…and has been the coach of the boys golf team since 1997 and the girls golf team since 1999. He has held numerous campus ministry positions, including director of the KAIROS Retreat Program, and has coached basketball and volleyball at the school in addition to golf. Last fall, Best guided the Raiders girls golf team to a state-record fifth consecutive team title, shooting a state-record score of 303 to win the 5A title by 66 strokes. It was Best’s sixth girls state championship, his first coming in 2002. He also has had one of his girls golfers win medalist honors seven times, including each of the past five seasons. The Kansas Coaches Association named Best Girls Coach of the Year in 2003. Best’s boys teams have qualified for state every year of his tenure, and broke through to win back-to-back 5A titles in 2007 and 2008, to go with five state runner-up finishes, two third-place finishes, two fourth-place finishes and a sixth-place finish. He has coached four boys to state medalist honors, and nearly 20 of his golfers have gone on to earn college scholarships. Best was guest speaker at the National High School Golf Association annual conference in 2007 and also created and directed "Golf for the Soul,” a summer golf retreat program for players of all ages. Best played basketball and golf at Benedictine University in Atchison, Kan. and earned a master’s degree from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. 



Karen Gravley
Allen High School - Allen, Texas

Gravley guided a young Allen team to the 5A state team title this year, the third of her career. A Lady Eagles lineup that consisted of two seniors, four sophomores and a freshman won the District 8-5A tournament by 60 strokes, then shot 288-293-581 to win the state title by 11 shots. Under Gravley’s direction, Allen also won back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 – the first state titles won by the school in any sport – and also finished second in state in 2010 and third in 2011. Gravley is a five-time District Coach of the Year and a three-time North Texas High School Golf Coaches Association (NTHSGCA) Coach of the Year. She served as NTHSGCA vice-president in 1990 and president in 1991. The National Federation of State High School Associations named her Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 2007. A 1974 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Gravley taught health and physical education for five years at Dallas Trinity Christian Academy before embarking on a professional golf career. She played on the Women’s Professional Golf Tour and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour, earning her LPGA Tour card in 1984. She returned to education in 1987, coaching the boys and girls golf teams for four years at Flower Mound Marcus High and the women’s team at Southern Methodist University for one season before taking the reins at Allen in 1992. She teaches physical education at Kerr Elementary School in Allen.  



Jodi Schoeck
Barrington High School - Barrington, Illinois 

Barrington High School head coach Jodi Schoeck, a member of the Illinois Coaches Association Hall of Fame, just completed her 26th season as the leader of the Fillies program. She has guided the Fillies to 11 league titles and 12 Illinois regional titles Under Schoeck, Barrington has appeared nine times in the state finals. Schoeck’s 1996 team finished third in the state. 



Dave Gianferante
Notre Dame Academy, Hingham, Massachusetts

Dave Gianferante’s Notre Dame Academy team won the 2014 Massachusetts team title, which was its 12 in the last 13 years.  Prior to finishing fourth during the 2013 season, Gianferante’s teams had won 11 straight state titles while going 212-6 in team play that included 10 undefeated season and a 188-match win streak, which is the longest ever in high school girls’ golf.   Gianferante is listed third by the National Federation of High School Association’s all-time girls’ golf wins list with a record of 241-11.



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.



Margaret Stanley
Socorro High School, Socorro, New Mexico
Coach Stanley has led the Socorro girls’ golf team to eight New Mexico team state championships in the last twelve seasons, including the 2015 Class AAAA-A title. She played on the Socorro High golf team in the 80’s that was coached by her father Dennis Stanley, who led the school to four straight state titles. Coach Stanley’s teams have won over 95% of matches during her time as head coach. Coach Stanley has retired after a brilliant run at Socorro High School.

Mark Bender
Bellarmine Prep - Tacoma, Washington
This past season, Mark 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. Bender is the first coach from Washington to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year.

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