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Girls' Swimming Coach of the Year
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Sandy Martin
Providence High School Charlotte - North Carolina 

"Sandy Martin 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 her." Martin's Providence teams have won three consecutive Class 4A state team titles, and haven't lost a match over that span. Since Providence High is one of only two schools in Charlotte with a pool, the team must share pool time with the city's other high school teams and is limited to the same 90 minutes of practice per day as its competition. Despite that handicap, Martin has sent swimmers to Notre Dame, Clemson, Kentucky, Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, and North Carolina State, and two Providence team members competed in this year's Olympic Trials. 



Ken Stopkotte
Carmel High School - Carmel, Indiana

In his first year at Carmel High this year, Stopkotte coached both the boys and girls swimming teams to Indiana state titles. His girls team won its 15th consecutive state title, while his boys team won its eighth state title in 12 years and first since 1998.  Stopkotte also has been a club coach for 15 years, most notably as head coach of the Cincinnati Marlins, the top swim club in the swimming hotbed of southwestern Ohio. In his eight years with the Marlins, Stopkotte built the team from 100 to 225 swimmers and led them to six Top 10 finishes in the USA Swimming National Championships, 11 USA Swimming Junior National team titles, and 25 state-level team titles at the junior and senior levels. A dozen of his swimmers competed in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, with one earning a gold medal and another a silver medal at the Olympic Games. 



Tim Beerman
Ursuline Academy - Cincinnati, Ohio

Under Beerman's direction, Ursuline Academy has been the top girls swimming program in the swimming hotbed of southwestern Ohio. He has led the Lions to 10 finishes in the state's top in the past 12 years. This year's team won its third consecutive Division I state title, its fifth overall under Beerman, who also led Ursuline Academy to state titles in 1991 and 1998. His teams also were state runners-up in 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1999.



Denny Hill
Pioneer High School - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Hill, a member of the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has led the Pioneer boys swim team to 12 state titles and the girls to 10 such championships. His girls squads have posted a dual-meet record of 338-31-2 for an amazing win percentage of 91-percent. In the past season the Pioneer girl's team finished the season by being ranked No. 1 in the nation. 



Jeff Poppell
The Bolles School - Jacksonville, Florida

The 2004 NHSCA Girls' Swimming Coach of the Year is none other than The Bolles School's own, Jeff Poppell. This is the sixth year his program ended in the number one position in the nation. 



Andy Pedersen
Hamilton Southeastern High School - Fishers, Indiana

Pedersen's teams at Hamilton Southeastern High have finished in the state's top 10 every year since 1999, including four top-five finishes. This year's team finished second in the state tournament and his 200-meter medley relay team set a state record in that event. The Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association voted him its girls Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and he is also a five-time Region Coach of the Year.



John Casadia
Vineland Regional High School - Vineland, New Jersey

Casadia is retiring this season after starting the school's swimming program over 30 years ago and elevating it to state and national prominence. Casadia's teams won six state team titles, and his swimmers won 12 individual state championships and 28 state relay crowns. Twenty of his swimmers went on to become individual All-Americans and 16 became relay All-Americans. Casadia's commitment to building strong teams produced 489 overall dual-meet wins- tops among New Jersey swimming coaches. His boys teams once won 205 consecutive conference meets, and his girls teams won the final 61 dual meets of his career.   



Jean Chard
Lafayette High School - Wildwood, Missouri

Chard's teams at Lafayette have won 12 state titles and taken home 30 state trophies in his 30-year coaching career. His girls teams have been particularly successful, winning the state title this year, scoring in all 12 events for its fifth state crown in seven years. Lafayette also won four consecutive titles from 2001-04, finishing second in 2005 and 2006. Chard also coached the Lafayette boys teams from 1980-97, and in 1997 his boys and girls teams both won state titles. The National Federation of State High School Associations named Chard its National Swimming Coach of the Year in 2004. 



Pete Higgins
The Westminster Schools - Atlanta, Georgia

Higgins has become an institution in his 48 years as coach of the boys and girls swimming teams at Westminster. His teams have won nearly 600 dual meets, and both his boys and girls teams have won 19 Class 1-4A state team titles, a total of 38 state crowns. Higgins' teams have swept the boys and girls titles eight times, including four straight from 2003-06. His girls teams won six straight crowns from 2001-06 and were state runners-up the past two seasons, while his boys teams own a current six-year title streak. More than 100 of his swimmers have become high school or independent school All-Americans, three of his swimmers have gone on to become members of the U.S. Olympic Team and his swimmers hold four all-class state records, three of them owned by the girls team. Named Coach of the Year four times in the past decade by the Georgia High School Swimming Coaches Association, Higgins was named Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High School State Associations in 1989 and was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Circle of Achievement in 1997.



Kent Kirchner
The Woodlands High School - The Woodlands, Texas

Kirchner has been a Coach of the Year award winner both at the high school and college levels. His boys and girls teams at The Woodlands have combined to win four Class 5A state team titles. This year, his girls team swept the district, regional and state championships, set a state record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and set school records in eight of 12 events during the season. The Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (TISCA) voted him back-to-back Girls Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and he is a three-time TISCA Coach of the Year. Kirchner also was the Summit League Coach of the Year at Southwest Missouri State University in 1982-83. His boys and girls teams finished No. 1 in the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) dual meet national rankings, and 112 of his swimmers have become NISCA All-Americans. He holds the American Swimming Coaches Associations Level V Coaches Rating, which less than 5 per cent of U.S. swimming coaches attain. A member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, Kirchner, a 1975 Cleveland State University graduate, was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1997. 



Maurice "Marty” Keating
Pittsford Central High School - Pittsford, New York

With 339 victories, Keating is the state’s all-time leading winner among girls swimming coaches. He began his coaching career at Aquinas Institute in Rochester, leading the boys team to a 46-2 record in four seasons before moving to Pittsford. Keating started the girls team in 1974 and remains its coach. His girls teams have won 15 sectional titles, including six straight from 2002-07, and five state crowns. He also coached the boys team for 18 seasons, from 1974-91, returning to boys coaching in 2007 at Livonia High School. His Pittsford boys teams won two Class A sectional titles and the Class B state title in 1979. Keating, who has served as president of the New York State Swim Coaches Association since 1972, received the New York State Coaches Association’s Honor Award in 1995, Niagara District Coach of the Year honors in 1987 and 1999, the Galyan’s High School Coach of the Year award from the Rochester Press-Radio Club in 2002, the WHAM Jack Palvino Award for contributions to women’s sports in 2004 and the All-Greater Rochester Girls Swimming Coach of the Year in 2007. Keating was inducted into the Frontier Fields Walk of Fame in 2003, was a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year award in 2005 and received the NISCA Outstanding Service Award in 2009.



Brian Gross
Charlotte Catholic High School - Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte Catholic had a successful swimming program before Gross arrived at the school nine years ago, and he has elevated that tradition. His girls teams have won the state team title in every one of his nine seasons at the helm, winning Class A-AA state crowns from 2003-2005 and 3A titles the past six seasons. The Cougars have won the past seven state meets by an average margin of 146 points, and their overall streak of state titles currently stands at 10 (with 12 titles overall). His swimmers own seven of the 12 existing state meet records, and with all 18 scorers returning next season, his Cougars seem assured of stretching their overall streak to 11. Gross also guided the boys team to four straight team titles, from 2005-2008, and his boys finished second in state the past three years. Named Coach of the Year by The Charlotte Observer in 2006, 2008 and again this year, Gross is a 1997 graduate of Wright State University, where he was a four-year member, captain and Most Valuable member of the swimming team, was the director of the Raider S.K.I.L.L.S. Program and Assistant Director of Special Olympics Swimming. Gross has been Vice President and Senior Recruiting Consultant at Wells Fargo Bank since 2005, and holds the Certified Internet Recruiter (CIR) certification. 



Bruce Woodbury
New Trier High School - Winnetka, Illinois

Coaching at a school that has been a swimming powerhouse for nearly a century, and remains home to the NHSCA National Boys Swimming Coach of the Year in 2005, Mark Onstott, Woodbury made his own mark on the school. He retired for the final time this spring after leading the Trevians to their second consecutive state title, and their 11th overall under Woodbury in three separate stints as coach. In 1970, when New Trier was two separate high schools, Woodbury arrived at New Trier West High, eventually launching a girls swimming team in 1977. He coached the West boys team to a third-place state finish in 1980, the best finish in program history. When the two schools reunited for the 1981-82 school year, Woodbury became the girls swimming coach, leading the Trevians to seven consecutive state titles from 1982-88. He retired after that season, but took the reins again in 1997 for another five-year stint, and after three consecutive state runner-up finishes, won two more state titles in 2000 and 2001 before again stepping down. Onstott assumed the girls head coaching duties, but when he stepped down after the 2005 season, Woodbury returned for one final stint, completing it with titles in 2011 and 2012. His teams also finished second six times. In 2009, the Illinois Swimming Association created the Bruce Woodbury Hall of Fame Award to recognize outstanding coaching of girls swimming in the state.



Nick Frasersmith
Regis Jesuit High School - Aurora, Colorado 

Nick Frasersmith has been on the staff at Regis Jesuit since the mid-80’s, taking over the girls’ swim program in 2003. This past season, Frasersmith led his school to its second Colorado 5A state championship in three years. One of Frasersmith’s biggest challenges this year was managing the senior year of Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, who returned to the pool to close out her high school career after an incredible summer performance at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.  



Rich & Ron Blanc (Co-Head Coaches)
Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Coaching swimming is a family affair at Santa Margarita Catholic High School where Rich and Ron Blanc have shared the head coaching duties for more than a decade.  The duo’s sister Renee Blanc is the girls’ JV head coach.  Together Rich (17 years) and Ron (19 years) have built the Eagles’ swim programs into the one of the best in Southern California and therefore the country.  This past year the girls’ team won its 15th straight Trinity League title along with the CIF-SS Division 1 title. The two have coached 41 All-Americans and 226 All-CIF swimmers.



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.



Tina Bates
Buchholz High School, Gainesville, Florida
In just her second year as the Buchholz High’s head coach, Bates, a former swimmer at the University of Florida, led the school to the Florida 4A state championship. It was the school’s sixth overall title and first since 2009. Buchholz swpt the team relays and had two individual state champions. They also set a new FHSAA record in the 200 freestyle relay. Expect Bates and Buchholz to be one of the best in the state over the next several years in Florida, with many of this year’s swimmers being underclassmen.

Mel Roberts 
Tooele High School - Tooele, Utah
Mel Roberts, who retired at the end of this past season after 48 years as the head of the Tooele swimming program, makes NHSCA history by becoming the first coach to be honored as both a boys’ and girls’ Coach of the Year.  Roberts, who led both programs to 549 overall victories, was named the NHSCA Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year in 2010. Roberts’ 549 wins are 200 more than any other swim coach in Utah.  In addition to the victories, Roberts’ teams won 11 state titles.  Roberts, who is a Tooele alum, was a great swimmer himself, having won four state titles when he was in high school. Roberts is the first coach from Utah to win the NHSCA Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year.










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