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Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year
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Steve Spivey
Needham Broughton High School - Raleigh, North Carolina

"Steve Spivey is an outstanding example for successful high school tennis 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."Spivey has built a powerhouse at Broughton High over the past decade. Under his leadership, the Caps have won back-to-back Class 4A state team titles twice in the past five years, scoring a perfect 6-0 shutout in the state title match a year ago. Spivey's teams won in 1995, 1996, 1998, and 1999, and built a state tournament record of 30-5 during the decade.  Despite this recent success, Spivey says this year's Caps team, which includes just one senior, is much better than last year's team. In addition to his team success, Spivey has coached Class 4A state singles champions the past five years. Broughton High's top four singles players are nationally ranked.   



Jo Cabana
Cardinal Gibbons High School - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In nine years as head coach, Cabana has coached Cardinal Gibbons High's girls teams to eight Class 2A state championships, including the last four years. He has coached two individual singles players and three doubles teams to state titles. This year's team lost just one match en route to the title. Cabana also has led the Cardinal Gibbons boys teams to the last five state titles.



Susan Stevens
Beverly Hills High School - Beverly Hills, California

Stevens has been head tennis coach at Beverly Hills High for 28 years, and her last two teams may have been her best. In 2000, Beverly Hills captured the CIF Division II state title for the first time in 28 years, and won the prestigious National High School All-America Tournament, held in Newport Harbor. named the entire Beverly Hills team as its Girls Tennis Player of the Year that season, the only time the service has ever done so. Beverly Hills High repeated as CIF Southern Section champions this year, this time in Division III.



Anni Miller 
Lakeridge High School - Lake Oswego, Oregon

"Anni Miller has continued to demonstrate a commitment to high school athletics, while also being a leader in the sport of tennis outside the prep arena," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Anni Miller as the National High School Girls Tennis Coach of the Year." Miller coached the Pacers to their second state championship in four years this past season, her 19th with Lakeridge High. The 2003 squad also won its 15th straight Three Rivers League title. Miller, who also has an outstanding reputation as a tennis teaching professional, has previously earned two international coach of the year honors and has been an Oregon Coach of the Year on four occasions. 



Emilio Gonzalez
Sunset High School - Miami, Florida

Finally, in Girls' Tennis, NHSCA Coach of the Year Emilio Gonzalez kept Miami, Florida Sunset High on its record-breaking path with a ninth straight and 13th overall Florida 4A title this season.  



Kristie Stevens
Catalina Foothills High School - Tucson, Arizona

Stevens' Catalina Foothills High team recently won its sixth consecutive Class 4A state title. During the regular season, they also established statewide supremacy with a 7-2 victory over the two-time Class 5A team champion, Tucson Salpointe High. Stevens also coached the individual state champions in singles and doubles four straight years, from 2001-04.   



Michael Kypriss
Dr. Michael Krop High School - Miami, Florida

Kypriss has coached nine state championship teams in a career spanning more than 20 seasons. Between 1987 and 1995, his girls teams at Miami Killian High won six Class 4A titles and added three state runner-up finishes. His boys teams were state champions in 1997 and 1998. In 1999, Kypriss moved on to Dr. Krop, with his boys team winning the 2004 state title. The boys and girls teams each have two runner-up finishes to their credit as well, and both teams have qualified for this month's state team championships. Overall, his teams have combined for more than 850 victories. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association selected Kypriss as its Southeast Region Coach of the Year this year. Also the founder and owner of the Michael Kypriss Junior Tennis Academy, located in Aventura, FL., Kypriss was selected Florida Coach of the Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) in 1996 and was a USTA National Coach of the Year finalist in 1991.   



Steve Paulsen Edina High School - Edina, MinnesotaPaulsen has coached Edina's girls teams for 15 seasons, and his teams have won the last 10 Class AA state team titles, with 11 titles overall. His Hornets teams have won 108 of 109 conference dual meets, and his career record stands at 320-9. His players have won six state singles titles and six state doubles titles. In 2005, Paulsen was selected the Class AA Girls Tennis Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Tennis Coaches Association. In addition to coaching girls tennis at Edina, Paulsen coaches the boys team at Eastview High in Apple Valley, and one of his players advanced to the state singles finals in 2006. He coaches eight women's league teams and three junior development groups, and has been a clinician for the United States Tennis Association at the Fort Snelling Tennis and Learning Center. 



Ed Yarbrough
Jasper High School - Jasper, Indiana

Overall, Yarbrough has coached 37 years at Jasper. Last fall, he finished his 34th season at the helm of the boys tennis team; this spring marks his 21st leading the girls squad. He is the state's all-time winningest coach with 813 dual-meet victories - 501 with the boys team and 312 with the girls. The Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTeCA) named him District 5 Girls Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2007 and bestowed him with state Coach of the Year honors in 2007 after his team finished 19-1 and third in the state team tournament. This year's team is ranked No. 4 in the state. Both of his state championships came in 1999 - a girls doubles title in the spring and a boys team crown in the fall. His teams also boast five state runnerup finishes - the boys in 1985 and 1987 and the girls in 1992, 2002 and 2003. Inducted into the IHSTeCA Hall of Fame in 1994, Yarbrough started his Jasper coaching career as an assistant football coach in 1971 and 1972. 







Dave Steinbach
Brookfield Central High School - Brookfield, Wisconsin

Steinbach has coached Brookfield Central’s boys and girls tennis teams for 28 seasons, and his teams have combined for 13 Division 1 state team titles and 13 runner-up finishes. Nine of those titles belong to the girls team, which took state gold five straight years from 1983-87 and also won three titles this decade, in 2002, 2003 and 2006. He has coached two boys doubles teams and two girls doubles teams to state titles. The chairman of the United States Tennis Association’s No-Cut Program, his girls tennis teams boast 120 players and his boys teams 95 players. Now retired from teaching at Brookfield Central, Steinbach is on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A past president of the Wisconsin High School Coaches Association (WHSCA), Steinbach has earned many national coaching honors, including Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2003; High School Tennis Coach of the Year by Racquet Sports Industry magazine in 2006; and Coach of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association in 1998 and 2007. The WHSCA named Steinbach Division 1 Boys Coach of the Year in 2000 and Girls Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2007.  



Anita Murphy
Lewiston High School - Lewiston, Maine

Now retired from teaching, Murphy led two girls sports powerhouses at Lewiston, and her resume includes a combined 20 state championships. She is starting her 34th season as girls tennis coach, and under her direction, the Blue Devils are the five-time defending Class A state champions. Her teams have made 18 trips to the state championship match and won 11 state titles overall, along with 13 Eastern Maine regional titles and 16 conference titles. Murphy’s career record is 391-56, and entering this season, her teams had not lost a match since the 2005 regional. Murphy also led the Lewiston girls soccer team to nine state titles, ending a run of 30 years as head coach with a third straight state title in 2009. Murphy has received the Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame Presidential Award 11 times and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. A recipient of the USA Tennis New England Junior Tennis Chapter of the Year award for her work with Lewiston’s youth tennis program, Murphy was named the Maine Tennis Coach of the Year in 2001 and was recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations as its National Girls Tennis Coach of the Year in 2008. This spring, she was one of five recipients of the Unsung Heroines in Maine Sports awards presented during the Mentoring Women in Sports XIII Conference, hosted by the Maine Principals Association.  



Dick Villaflor
The Heritage Hall School - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A state doubles champion at El Reno High School in 1973, Villaflor arrived at Heritage Hall in 1978 after graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma. He won his first girls state title in 1980 in 2A, and the Chargers are still going strong. They are now the four-time defending state champions, and Villaflor has won 21 girls state team titles. Along with the 11 titles he won when he coached the boys team, he has 32 state titles in all, along with 20 state runner-up finishes. This spring, Heritage Hall moved up to 5A after winning the past three years in 4A, giving Villaflor girls state titles in four different classifications. He also has coached boys and girls cross country and basketball during his tenure. All three of Villaflor’s children, Natalie (Class of 2004), Caleb (Class of 2008) and Carissa (Class of 2011) were state champion tennis players at Heritage Hall and earned college scholarships. Villaflor served three one-year terms as president of the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association (OTCA), and now serves as its Executive Director. The OTCA named him its Coach of the Year in 2003. Villaflor was named National Girls Tennis Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2011 and by the National Federation of State High School Associations this year.  



Vin Romeo
The Miami Valley School - Dayton, Ohio 

For 42 years, Vin Romeo has pulled double duty as the head coach of the girls’ and boy’s tennis teams at The Miami Valley School. He started both programs over four decades ago. This past season, Coach Romeo was saluted as Ohio’s all-time wins leader with over 600 victories for each program.  



Fr. Frank Kissel
Marist High School, Atlanta, Georgia

Father Frank Kissel has led Marist to be one of the best girls’ tennis programs in his 25-plus years as the program’s head coach.  This past year, Father Kissel led the Lady War Eagle team to its fourth state title in five years.  From 1995-2006, Kissel led his teams to 12 straight state titles, which ranks as the third longest consecutive title streak in America.  This year state championship of Father Kissel’s 18th.  His overall record stands at 508-69.



Laurie Martin
Xavier College Prep, Tempe, Arizona

Laurie Martin led Xavier Prep to its fourth straight Division 1 state title in 2015.  Martin has been cited for her “no-cut” policy, which has led to the program having nearly 100 student-athletes. Tennis Industry Magazine has also named her Coach of the Year and so did the United States Tennis Association for her “no-cut” philosophy.



Kim Marchese
Ramapo High School, Ramapo, New Jersey
Coach Marchese just completed his 32nd year as head coach at Ramapo High School. This past season he hit a huge milestone when he won his 600th match this spring. This year’s team finished 18-5 and was ranked #20 in the Star-Ledger’s Top 20. In his tenure, the Raiders have won 26 league titles, 16 county titles, 15 state sectionals and four group state championships.


Brian Higgins 
Ellsworth High School - Ellsworth, Maine
Brian Higgins has the distinction of being Maine’s winningest coach in both tennis and soccer.   Higgins has won over 600 total tennis matches with over 300 victories for each the boys’ and girls’ programs.  His record as a soccer coach was 566-103-45 in 42 years, before retiring in 2016. The Ellsworth girls’ program has had five state runner-up finishes, while the boys’ program captured a state title in 1996 with five runner-up finishes. Higgins is the second coach from Maine to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year.  Anita Murphy of Lewiston High School won the award in 2011.










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