Wednesday, July 3, 2013

2013 NHSCA Coaches of the Year

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour

The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) today announced its selections as National High School Coaches of the Year for 2013.

It is the 14th year straight year the NHSCA has honored these achievers in the high school coaching community nationwide. This year’s recipients, selected in a total of 20 boys and girls sports, are from 17 different states. Two come from California, Michigan and Texas with 14 states claiming one honoree each.

While these coaches represent a multitude of different backgrounds, they exhibit a common theme: a strong dedication to supporting and developing high school student-athletes.

Each one of the honorees will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA will be building in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Following are the NHSCA’s selections as National High School Coaches of the Year, along with a list of past winners.

2013 NHSCA National Baseball Coach of the Year

Phil Clark – Bartlett High School, Bartlett, Tennessee

Phil Clark, who has been a head baseball coach for over 30 years at three high schools in Tennessee, has won over 900 games during an illustrious career. The state’s all-time wins leader came to Bartlett in 2003 and led the school to its first state title in 2007. In all, his teams have won five Tennessee state baseball titles.  This past season, Clark guided his team to a 26-11 record.  Clark is a member of the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association and National High School Baseball Association’s Hall of Fames.

Past NHSCA National Baseball Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Gene Schultz – Kee HS, Iowa
2011 – Tom O’Connell – Catholic Central HS, Wisconsin
2010 -  Jerry Dawson – Chaparral HS, Arizona
2009 – Guy Anderson – Cordova HS, California
2008 – Jerry Boatner – West Lauderdale HS, Florida
2007 – Ron Eastman – The Woodlands, Texas
2006 – Scott Salow – Homer HS, Michigan
2005 – Stan McKeever – La Cueva HS, New Mexico
2004 – Jeff Griffith – Cactus HS, Arizona
2003 – Jim Danley – Eaton HS, Colorado
2002 – John Lowery – Jefferson HS, West Virginia
2001 – Rich Hofman – Westminster Academy, Florida
2000 – Sam Blalock – Rancho Bernardo, California

2013 NHSCA National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year

Tony Harper – Montwood High School, El Paso, Texas

Tony Harper is the 2012 National High School Coaches Association’s National High School Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year after becoming the fourth boys’ basketball coach in America to win 900 wins during the 2012-13 school year.  Harper, who led Montwood to a 27-6 record this past season, ended the year with 908 lifetime victories.  Harper, who took-over at Montwood in 1990,  was named the University Interscholastic League’s Texas Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year in 2011.  In April, Harper resigned at Montwood to take the head coaching job at Cathedral High School. 

Past NHSCA National Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Douglas Lipscomb – Wheeler HS, Georgia
2011 – Vito Montelli – St. Joseph HS, Connecticut
2010 -  Harvey Kitani – Fairfax HS, California
2009 -  Jack Curran – Archbishop Molloy, New York
2008 – Dick Katte – Denver Christian HS, Colorado
2007 – Bob Hurley, Sr. – St. Anthony HS, New Jersey
2006 – Jack Keefer, Lawrence North HS, Indiana
2005 – Robert Hughes, Dunbar HS, Texas
2004 – Charles Smith, Peabody Magnet HS, Louisiana
2003 – Dave Garvin, Philomath HS, Oregon
2002 – Jack Butcher, Loogootee HS, Indiana
2001 – Bob Williams, Schaumburg HS, Illinois
2000 – Russell Otis, Dominguez HS, California

2013 NHSCA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year

Miner Webster – Highland High School, Gilbert, Arizona

Miner Webster is the 2012 National High School Coaches Association’s National High School Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year after leading Highland to a 32-3 record, which put him one victory away for playing for a possible ninth Arizona state championship.  This past season, Webster won his 700th game as a girls’ head basketball coach and finished the year with an all-time mark of 712-107 with stops at Highland and Gilbert High Schools.  Before becoming a girls’ head coach, Webster also the head coach of the boys’ basketball team at Parker High School.  Webster is second on Arizona’s all-time girls’ basketball coaching victories list behind Don Petranovich, who retired with 778 wins.

Past NHSCA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – David Schlabach – Hiland HS, Ohio
2011 – Kevin Kiernan – Mater Dei HS, California
2010 -  Cathy Self-Morgan – Duncanville HS – Texas
2009 – Brian Harrigan – Sacred Heart Cathedral HS, California
2008 -  Dorothy Gaters – John Marshall HS, Illinois
2007 -  Leta Andrews – Granbury HS, Texas
2006 -  Bob Mackey – Christ the King HS, New York
2005 -  Brad Smith – Oregon City HS, Oregon
2004 – Ed Grezinsky – Murry Bergtraum HS, New York
2003 – Joe Lombard – Canyon HS, Texas
2002 – Dave Houle – Mountain View HS, Utah
2001 – James Anderson – Narbonne HS, California
2000 – Gerald Whaley – William Mason HS, Ohio

2013 NHSCA National Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year

Jeff Morris, Perham High School, Perham, Minnesota

This past season Perham cross-country Head Coach Jeff Morris led the Yellowjackets to a state meet record 37-points and 16:16 team average to claim the MSHSL Division A State Team Championship. The following week the Minnesota small school came within 10-points of 3rd place at NXN Heartland and being eligible for an at-large berth for Nike Cross Nationals. The Perham boys team was awarded the Division II National Team Championship as the top school in the nation with a total enrollment less than 500 students while also being ranked #26 overall.

Past NHSCA National Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Laurens TenKate – Calvin Christian HS, Michigan
2011 – Adam Kedge – Albuquerque Academy, New Mexico
2010 – Walt Lang – Jesuit HS, California
2009 – Mike Holman – Lawrence Central, Indiana
2008 – Van Rose – Shawnee Mission Northwest HS, Kansas
2007 – Bill Greiten – Gillett HS, Wisconsin
2006 – Rick Baker – Hopi HS, Arizona
2005 – Davis Eidahl – Perkin HS, Iowa
2004 – Dan Green – The Woodlands, Texas
2003 – Joe Newton – York Community HS, Illinois
2002 – Rich Trenoze – Bayonne HS, New Jersey
2001 – Don Behnke – Stevens Point HS, Wisconsin
2000 – Joe Newton – York HS, Illinois

2013 NHSCA National Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year

Jeff Devantier, Birmingham Seaholm, Birmingham, Michigan

This past season Seaholm HS, Birmingham, Michigan cross country Head Coach Jeff Devantier led the Lady Maples to a first-ever MHSAA Division I State Team Championship. Featuring three top 10 nationally ranked teams including then US#1 Grosse Pointe South HS, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI and US#5 Saline HS, Saline, MI; the Division I team championship was the most competitive state championship in the nation. While claiming the state team championship Seaholm HS also claimed a share of the National Team Championship and finished the 2012 cross country season ranked US#1.

Past NHSCA National Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Patrick Castagno – The Tatnall School, Delaware
2011 – Jim Tracy – University HS, California
2010 – Darrell Burmeister – Nodaway Valley HS - Iowa
2009 – Catherine Lempesis – Dutch Fork HS, South Carolina
2008 -  Jerry Popp – Willmar HS, Minnesota
2007 – Robert Ondrasek, Southlake Carroll HS, Texas
2006 – Mark Logan -RHAM Regional, Connecticut
2005 – Mike Woolsey – Lumen Christi HS, Michigan
2004 – Art & Linda Kranick – Saratoga Springs HS, New York
2003 – Michael Bauer – Regis HS, Oregon
2002 -  Jeff Arbogast – Bingham HS, Utah
2001 – George Varvas – Woodbridge HS, California
2000 – Steve Telaneus – Marcus HS, Texas

2013 NHSCA National Field Hockey Coach of the Year

Eileen Donahue, Watertown High School, Watertown, Massachusetts

Donahue ended the 2012 season by guiding Watertown to its 13th Massachusetts state field hockey championship, which was also the school’s 92nd straight game without a loss; going 90-0-2 during the streak.  The win streak is tied for the fourth longest all-time in America.  In her 27th year as head coach of the program, Watertown finished a perfect 23-0 in 2012 while wining the MIAA Division 2 title.  Donahue’s lifetime record is 528-30-45.

Past NHSCA National Field Hockey Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Lillian “Lil” Shelton – Severna Park HS, Maryland
2011 – Wendy Wilson – Tabb HS, Virginia
2010 – Danyle Heilig – Eastern Regional HS, New Jersey
2009 – Karen Klassner – Wyoming Seminary, Pennsylvania
2008 -  Robin Chandler – The Hotchkiss School, Connecticut
2007 -  Sue Butz-Stavin – Emmaus HS – Pennsylvania
2006 -  Diane Chapman – Garden City HS – New York
2005 – Amy Longley – Hathaway Brown School, Ohio
2004 – Paul Doughty – Skowhegan HS, Maine
2003 – Debby Watson – Villa Duchesne HS, Missouri
2002 -  Diana Walker – Sanford HS, Maine
2001 – Bob Derr – Lititz HS, Pennsylvania
2000 -  Linda Nixon – Springfield Twp. HS, Pennsylvania

2013 NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year

J.T. Curtis – John Curtis Christian School, River Ridge, Louisiana

J.T. Curtis is the 2012 National High School Coaches Association’s National High School Football Coach of the Year after leading the school founded by his father John to its 25th Louisiana high school football championship in 2012.  The Patriots also were crowned “mythical” national champs by multiple national media outlets. Since taking-over the John Curtis program, Curtis has become America’s second winningest coach with 520 victories. 2009 NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year John McKissick of Summerville High School in South Carolina is the all-time leader with 601 victories.  Coach Curtis’ record is 520-54-6. The amassing thing about his record is that Curtis’ first team in 1969 didn’t win a game going 0-10.

Past NHSCA National Football Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Chuck Lenahan – Plymouth HS, New Hampshire
2011 – George Smith – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Florida
2010 – Jeremy Williams – Greenville HS, Georgia
2009 – John McKissick – Summerville HS , South Carolina
2008 – James Drewry – Booneville HS, Mississippi
2007 – Gary Rankin – Alcoa HS, Tennessee
2006 – Randy Allen – Highland Park HS, Texas
2005 – Charles “Corky” Roger – The Bolles School, Florida
2004 – Bob Ladouceur – De La Salle HS, California
2003 – Chris Jones – Heritage HS, Virginia
2002 – Alan Trimble – Jenks HS , Oklahoma
2001 – Bob Ladouceur – De La Salle HS, California
2000 – Mike Pettine, Sr. – Central Bucks West, Pennsylvania

2013 NHSCA National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year

Jim Jacobsen – Bergen Catholic, Oradell, New Jersey

Jim Jacobsen has had an incredible 31-year career as the boys’ head golf coach at Bergen Cathoic.  The 2012-13 season saw Jacobsen win his 900th match.  Jacobsen’s career record is 917-31-1, which he attributes to both luck and strategy.

Past NHSCA National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Jeff Doherty – Edmond North HS, Oklahoma
2011 – Larry Ries – Hunterdon Central HS, New Jersey
2010 – Darrell Berglund - Hazen HS, North Dakota
2009 – Jim Bennett - Grosse Ile HS, Michigan
2008 -  Richard Gaard - Decorah HS, Iowa
2007 – Terry Nelson - Whitefish HS, Montana
2006 – Marty Donlon - St. Xavier HS, Kentucky
2005 – Rob Prentiss - St. Charles North HS, Illinois
2004 – Bill Roller – Jenks HS, Oklahoma
2003 – Mark Kedy – Ada HS, Oklahoma
2002 – Mike Ellis - Canlais HS, Maine
2001 – David Hutton - Grandville HS, Michigan
2000 – Wayne Everett – Kingston HS, Tennessee

2013 NHSCA National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year

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.

Past NHSCA National Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Karen Gravley – Allen HS, Texas
2011 – Ryan Best – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Kansas
2010 – Kathy Berglund - Hazen HS, North Dakota
2009 – Ken Van Den Boom – Caledonia HS, Minnesota
2008 – Carol Fromuth – St. Joseph’s Academy, Missouri
2007 – Dr. H. King Oehmig – The Baylor School, Tennessee
2006 – Jim Garrett – Penn HS, Indiana
2005 – Sister Lynn Winsor – Xavier College Prep, Arizona
2004 – Grayson Fitzhugh – Mount Notre Dame, Ohio
2003 – Mary Flande – Sisters HS, Oregon
2002 -  Dewey Stendahl – Middleton HS, Wisconsin
2001 – Sharon Most – Martinsville HS, Indiana
2000 – Donna Pierce – Highland Park HS, Texas

2013 NHSCA National Boys Soccer Coach of the Year

Paul Rose, Jesuit High School, Sacramento, CA

Paul Rose has been the head boys’ soccer coach at Jesuit High School since 1979 and during that time he’s become the winningest (684 victories) high school soccer coach in California.  In 2011 he was named to the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame. This past season, Rose led his team to a #2 overall national ranking, finishing with a record of 27-1-1. During his tenure, Jesuit has finished #1 in the nation three times (2003, 2008, 2011).

Past NHSCA National Boys Soccer Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Andy Schulten – St. Xavier HS, Kentucky
2011 – Jerry Little – North Central HS, Indiana
2010 – Chuck Scanlon – Apple Valley HS, Minnesota
2009 – Craig Ewing – St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Kansas
2008 – John Kissner – Walsh Jesuit HS, Ohio
2007 – Gary Montalto – Arlington HS, New York
2006 -  Dave Pinkham – Gilford HS, New Hampshire
2005 – William Stara – River Hill HS, Maryland
2004 – Charlie Martel – St. Louis University HS, Missouri
2003 – Donald Gregg – Severna HS, Maryland
2002 – Shawn Brower – Orangewood Christian School, Florida
2001 – Bruno Schwarz – North Allegheny HS, Pennsylvania
2000 – John Stockton – Mountain View HS, Utah

2013 NHSCA National Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year

Vince Drake – Trinity Catholic HS, St. Louis, Missouri

Trinity Catholic’s (formerly St. Thomas Aquinas) Vince Drake is a legend in high school soccer, becoming the first coach in America to win 1,000 games as girls’ and boys’ soccer coach.  Drake passed the 1,000 win plateau in 2011. Drake has led the girls’ program to one state title and the boys’ soccer program to 10 Missouri state championships.

Past NHSCA National Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Clare Collins – Broad Run, Virginia
2011 – Hank Tenney – Rivendell Academy, New Hampshire
2010 – Troy Tokarchik – Bishop Kelly HS, Oklahoma
2009 – Julie Bergstrom – Waubonsie, Illinois
2008 – Steve Racine – Kinnelon HS, New Jersey
2007 – Carlos Giron – St. Thomas Aquinas, Florida
2006 – Laura Rountree – M. Stoneman Douglas HS, Florida
2005 – Rusty Taylor – University HS, California
2004 – Jim Burnside – New Trier HS, Illinois
2003 – Douglas Freeman – Marlborough HS, Massachusetts
2002 – Maureen McVey – St. Joseph’s Academy, Missouri
2001 – Fred Dixon – Carmel HS, Indiana
2000 – James Gardner – Cheyenne East HS, Wyoming

2013  NHSCA National Softball Coach of the Year

Robert Earl Radford – Northern High School, Ownings, Maryland

Robert Earl Radford has built Northern High School in softball powerhouse.  In 2013, Radford’s team was ranked #1 by after winning its sixth straight Maryland state softball title. The Patriots finished 23-0, extending their win streak to 76 straight without a loss. 

Past NHSCA National Softball Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Mark Schusterman – Gulliver Prep, Florida
2011 – Debbie Holcombe - Byrnes HS, South Carolina
2010 -  Robert Iamurri - Naples HS, Florida
2009 – Larry Niemeyer - Jefferson HS, Iowa
2008 – Wally Hausdorf - William Cullen HS, New York
2007 – Tony Scarbrough - Baker HS, Alabama
2006 – Jeff Griffith - Cactus HS, Arizona
2005 – James McClanahan - Fort Bend Elkins HS, Texas
2004 – Sammy Dunn -Vestavia Hills HS, Alabama
2003 – Glen Rutenbar - Bartow HS, Florida
2002 – Gary Adams - Crescent HS, South Carolina
2001 – Dwayne Ross – Weatherford HS, Texas
2000 – Shelly Bollin - Brazoswood HS, Texas

2013 NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year

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 gold 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.

Past NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Dave Hanson – Bishop Hendricken HS, Rhode Island
2011 – Art Downey – Edina HS, Minnesota
2010 – Mel Roberts – Tooele HS, Utah
2009 – Mike Torrey – Zeeland West HS, Michigan
2008 – Marty O’Toole – St. Xavier HS, Kentucky
2007 – John Turner – Jenks HS, Oklahoma
2006 – Brian Metheny – Sunnyslope HS, Arizona
2005 – Mark Onstott – New Trier HS, Illinios
2004 – Jim Brower – St. Xavier HS, Ohio
2003 – Virginia Weber – Moorestown HS, New Jersey
2002 – Dr. Rick Creed – Parkview HS, Georgia
2001 – Dave Coffman – St. Xavier HS, Ohio
2000 – Larry Shofe – The Bolles School, Florida

2013 NHSCA National Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year

Nick Frasersmith – Regis Jesuit, 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.

Past NHSCA National Boys’ Swimming Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Bruce Woodbury – New Trier HS, Illinois
2011 – Brian Gross – Charlotte Catholic HS, North Carolina
2010 – Marty Keating – Pittsford Central HS, New York
2009 – Kent Kirchner – The Woodlands, Texas
2008 – Pete Higgins – The Westminster Schools, Georgia
2007 – Jean Chard – Lafayette HS, Missouri
2006 – John Casadia – Vineland HS, New Jersey
2005 – Andy Pedersen – Hamilton Southeastern HS, Indiana
2004 – Jeff Poppell – The Bolles School, Florida
2003 – Denny Hill – Pioneer HS, Michigan
2002 – Tim Beerman – Ursuline Academy, Ohio
2001 – Ken Stopkotte – Carmel HS, Indiana
2000 – Sandy Martin – Providence HS, North Carolina

2013 NHSCA National Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year

Tony Splendore, Mt. Pleasant High School, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

Tony Splendore has been the boys’ and girls’ tennis coach at Mt. Pleasant High School in western Pennsylvania for 39 years.  With well-over 600 victories, Splendore is one of the winningest boys’ tennis coaches in Pennsylvania. Splendore’s started the school’s tennis program in 1972 when it had no home tennis courts, meaning the school had to play every match on the road.  This past year, Splendore, who is retired from teaching, returned to the sidelines as the boys’ head basketball coach.

Past NHSCA National Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Bill Kingston – Moorestown HS, New Jersey
2011 – Kelly Mulligan – Gulliver Prep, Florida
2010 – James Soloman – William Hall HS, Connecticut
2009 – Connie Jones – Greenwich HS, Connecticut
2008 – Ed Yarbrough – Jasper HS, Indiana
2007 – Tom Pullen – Pioneer HS, Michigan
2006 – Tim Mang – Corona del Mar HS, California
2005 – Don Barnes – Bishop O’Gorman HS, South Dakota
2004 – Tony Kamen – Naples HS, Florida
2003 – Bob Wood – University Liggett School, Michigan
2002 – Jerry Lacey – St. Mark’s School, Texas
2001 – Leo Scoda – Phoenixville HS, Pennsylvania
2000 – Gary Pilling – Walker HS, Alabama

2013 NHSCA National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the 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.

Past NHSCA National Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Dick Villaflor – The Heritage Hall School, Oklahoma
2011 – Anita Murphy – Lewiston HS, Maine
2010 – Dave Steinbach – Brookfield Central HS, Wisconsin
2009 – Jeff Holman – Haddonfield Memorial, New Jersey
2008 – Ed Yarbrough – Jasper HS, Indiana
2007 – Steve Paulsen – Edina HS, Minnesota
2006 – Michael Kypriss – Dr. Michael Krop HS, Florida
2005 – Kristie Stevens – Catalina Foothills HS, Arizona
2004 – Emilio Gonzalez – Sunset HS, Florida
2003 – Anni Miller – Lakeridge HS, Oregon
2002 – Susan Stevens – Beverly Hills HS, California
2001 – Jo Cabana – Cardinal Gibbons HS, Florida
2000 – Steve Spivey – Needham Broughton HS, North Carolina

2013 NHSCA National Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year

Robert Steele, North Rowan High School, Spencer, North Carolina

Robert Steele has had an incredible career at North Rowan that has seen him win 15 NCHSAA state championship, including a runner-up finish this past season. From 1994 through 1998, North Rowan won five straight state championships.  He’s a member of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Past NHSCA National Boys’ Track & Field Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Woody Barnett – Pearl HS, Mississippi
2011 – Robbie Robinson – Mountain View HS, Arizona
2010 – Pete Boudreaux – Catholic HS, Louisiana
2009 – Dennis McNulty – Warren Central HS, Indiana
2008 – Warren Mitchell – Limon HS, Colorado
2007 – Joe Howell – Lisbon HS, North Dakota
2006 – Pat Galle – UMS Wright, Alabama
2005 – Don Carnahan – Russellville HS, Alabama
2004 – Chad Walker – Wheeler HS, Georgia
2003 – Rob Johnson – Clare HS, Michigan
2002 – Lindy Remigino – Hartford HS, Connecticut
2001 – Roger Mathiesen – Kearney HS, Nebraska
2000 – Chuck Koeppen – Carmel HS, Indiana

2013 NHSCA National Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year

June Villers, DeSoto High School, DeSoto, Texas

June Villers, a DeSoto alum, has build the Eagles into one of Texas’ top programs over the last decade.  This past year, DeSoto won its third straight Texas Class 5A girls’ title. The state championship was the fourth overall for Villers’ team, including runner-up finishes in 2008 and 2010.  During her time as head coach, she’s coached nationally-ranked athletes in the 4X400, long jump, triple jump, discus, shot put, 4X100, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and 400m.

Past NHSCA National Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year Award Winners

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

2013 NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year

Jack Magelssen – Delton Kellogg School, Delton, Michigan

2012 saw Magelssen add to his national record for victories by leading Delton Kellogg School to the Michigan Class B state semifinals.  Magelssen is America’s all-time winningest volleyball coach with 1,803 victories. 

Past NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year Award Winners

2012 – Tom Turco – Barnstable HS, Massachusetts
2011 – Fred Rakers  - Mater Dei HS, Illinois
2010 – Laurie LaRusso – Darien HS, Connecticut
2009 -  Jan Stanley – West Henderson HS , North Carolina
2008 – Peg Kopec – St. Francis HS, Illinois
2007 – Steve Shondell - Burris Laboratory, Indiana
2006 – Louise Crocco – Cardinal Gibbons HS, Florida
2005 – Brenda LeBlanc – St. Joseph’s Academy, Louisiana
2004 – Lee Grisham – Wimberley HS, Texas
2003 – Arnie Meyer – Ursuline Academy, Ohio
2002 – Jan Barker – Amarillo HS, Texas
2001 – John Knuth – Marysville HS, Michigan
2000 – Larry Trupe – Torrey Pines, California

2013 NHSCA National Wrestling Coach of the Year

Steve Tirapelle – Clovis High School, Clovis, California

Steve Tirapelle led Clovis High to its third straight California state wrestling championship during the 2012-13 season, plus a lofty national ranking. Tirapelle has spent 30 years as a head high school wrestling coach, the last 16 being at Clovis High where he’s led the school to 11 state titles.  During his illustrious career as a head coach, Tirapelle has coached 80 state medalists and 19 state champions.

2012 – Pat Simpson – Father Ryan (Tennessee)
2011 – Cliff Ramos – Collins Hill (Georgia)
2010 – Barry Chooljian – Timberlane (New Hampshire)
2009 – Jeff Sweigard – Central Dauphin (Pennsylvania)
2008 – Bill Jacoutot – Spencerport (New York)
2007 – Jerry Winterton – Cary (North Carolina)
2006 – Mike Polz – Carl Sandburg (Illinois)
2005 – Roy Hall – Davison (Michigan)
2004 – Terry Daubert – Northampton (Pennsylvania)
2003 – Jeff Jordan – St. Paris Graham (Ohio)
2002 – David East – Bakersfield (California); Jim Jackson – Apple Valley (Minnesota)
2001 – Dave Crowell – Wilson Borough (Pennsylvania); Jeff Jordan – Clarksville (Tennessee)
2000 – Russ Cozart – Brandon (Florida); Scott Legacy – Mount Anthony Union (Vermont); Herb Stinson – Aztec (New Mexico)
1999 – Lewie Benitz – Lincoln (Wisconsin); Keith Healy – Providence Catholic (Illinois); Tim Marzuola – Highlands Park (Texas); Dick Rhoades – Bald Eagle Area (Pennsylvania)
1998 – Jim Poston – Montgomery Bell Academy (Tennessee)

2013 NHSCA Senior Athletes of the Year

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour
The National High SchoolCoaches Association (NHSCA) today announced its selections as National High School Senior Athletes of the Year for 2013.

It is the 14th year straight year the NHSCA has honored these achievers in the high school athletic community nationwide. This year’s recipients, selected in a total of 20 boys and girls sports, are from 16 different states. New Jersey topped the list with three athletes being honored – California and Florida had two each.

While these athletes represent a multitude of different backgrounds, they exhibit a common theme: a strong dedication to developing their skills and preparing themselves to become the productive leaders of tomorrow.

“The 20 young men and women we are honoring today represent the thousands of success stories produced in high school athletics,” NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro Jr. said. “They have worked extremely hard to develop their skills and have become not just great athletes, but outstanding role models as well, and we are proud to be honoring them.”

Each one of the honorees will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA will be building in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Following are the NHSCA’s selections as National High School Athletes of the Year:


Clint Frazier – Loganville High School, Loganville, Georgia

Clint Frazier capped his high school career by being drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft in June. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior centerfielder batted .485 with 17 home runs, 56 runs scored, 45 RBI and a 1.134 slugging percentage this season. Frazier led Loganville (26-6) to the Class AAAAA quarterfinals this past season.  Frazier has already signed his major league contract.

Boys’ Basketball

Jabari Parker – Simeon High School, Chicago

Jabari Parker leaves the Chicago high school basketball scene the way he entered it – a champion. Parker, who will attend Duke in the fall, led Simeon to its fourth straight Illinois Class 4A championship during the 2012-13 season.  What made Parker’s senior season special was the fact that he was able to battle back from a broken foot that he suffered during last summer. Even though he wasn’t 100 percent at the start of the season, Parker led his team to a 30-3 record while averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Girls’ Basketball

Saniya Chong – Ossining High School, Ossining, New York

Saniya Chong, who has accepted a scholarship to play college basketball at national powerhouse UConn, had an incredible season leading her school to its first-ever New York State Public Schools state championship during the 2012-13 season.  Chong set a New York State single-season record with 928 points for an average of 34.4 points per game. Chong also averaged 9.1 assists per game.

Boys’ Cross Country

Edward Cheserek - St. Benedict’s Prep, Newark, New Jersey

Edward Cheserek may have had the best-ever high school cross-country career ever. While he was the nation’s top-ranked runner throughout most of his high school career, it was his story of coming to America as an orphan from Kenya caught the attention of the running community. Cheserek, who will attend Oregon on a scholarship, won the prestigious Foot Locker Nationals as a junior and a senior, plus set several national records including the high school indoor two-mile record.

Girls’ Cross County

Catarina Rocha – Peabody High School, Peabody, Massachusetts

Catarina Rocha, Massachusetts’ two-time state champ, made her mark on the national scene during her cross-country career.  Rocha finished second at the 2012 Foot Locker National Championships last December, which was an improvement over 7th place finish as a junior and 31st place finish as a sophomore. Rocha will attend Providence College in the fall and will compete in cross country, plus indoor and outdoor track. 

Field Hockey

Lexi Smith – Florence High School, Florence, New Jersey

Lexi Smith finishes her field hockey career as the nation’s all-time leading goal scorer. Smith, who will play college field hockey at College of New Jersey, scored 191 goals in four years.  A glimpse of the future was given during Smith’s freshman year when she scored 44 goals.


Derrick Henry – Yulee High School, Yulee, Florida

Derrick Henry closed-out an incredible four-year career by breaking two rushing records.  Henry broke the Florida all-time single season rushing record with 4,260 yards on 464 carries.  In the process, he also broke the six-decade old national rushing record of 11,232 yards by Ken Hall of Sugar Land High School in Texas in the early 50's.  Henry ended his career with 12,121 yards rushing on 1,389 carries.  Both of those marks are national records. Henry never failed to top 100 yards in a game during his 47 game career, plus he also scored 153 career touchdowns

Boys’ Golf

Andrew Bieber – Gilmour Academy, Gates Mills, Ohio

Andrew Bieber won his second straight Ohio Division III state golf championship in the Fall. Bieber, who will attend Duke on a golfing scholarship, shot a 144 over the two rounds of the 2012 state championships, which set a course record for the NorthStar Golf Resort course.  Bieber was also honored in October as the GTM Sportswear Athlete of the Month.

Girls’ Golf

Jessie Sindlinger – Charles City High School, Charles City, Iowa

Jessie Sindlinger joined an elite club in May when she won her fourth straight Iowa state golf championship. Sindlinger, who will attend the University of Iowa on a golf scholarship, shot a 65 at the Ames Golf and Country Club to become just the second four-time state champ in Iowa – an the first in over 50 years.  Sindlinger qualified for the 2012 PGA Junior Championship.

Boys’ Soccer

Christian Roldan – El Rancho High School, Pico Rivera, California

Christian Roldan had an incredible senior season, scoring 54 goals while passing for 31 assists. Roldan’s explosive year led El Rancho to the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section Division 3 championship with a 29-2-1 record.  Roldan actually scored more goals this year than he did in his first three years. The University of Washington recruit entered this season with 40 total goals and ends his career with 94 plus 71 assists.

Girls’ Soccer

Morgan Andrews – Milford High School, Milford, New Hampshire

Morgan Andrews, who will attend Notre Dame in the Fall, was the #1 ranked girls’ soccer player in America.  Andrews closed-out her high school career as Milford’s all-time leading scorer with 114 goals and 53 assists.  Andrews has been a member of the U.S. National Soccer youth national team for the past five years.  She is also the only athlete in America to win back-to-back Gatorade National Player of the Year Awards, having won in 2012 and 2013


Carley Hoover - D.W. Daniel High School, Central, South Carolina

Stanford-bound Carley Hoover was virtually unhittable during her senior season. Hoover finished the season with a 0.15 ERA with 338 strikeouts in 138 innings.  The four-time All-State selection was also great at the plate – hitting .500 with four home runs and 45 runs scored.

Boys’ Swimming

Austin Garcia – San Dimas High School, San Dimas, California

Austin Garcia capped an incredible career this past spring by winning gold medals in the highly competitive CIF-Southern Section in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle. In the 50-yard freestyle, Garcia just missed setting a meet record with a time of 21.14. Garcia, who plans on playing for the water polo team at Air Force next season, was the only swimmer to win two goal medals this year.

Girls’ Swimming

Missy Franklin – Regis Jesuit, Aurora Colorado

While Missy Franklin won America’s hearts at the 2012 London Olympic Games with four gold medals and a bronze, it was what she did in high school that really stands-out. Franklin didn’t rest on her Olympic glory – instead she returned to Regis Jesuit to swim with her friends for her senior season. Franklin led here school to the Colorado 5A title, its second in three years. In the pool, Franklin won two individual gold medals this year and two for her team’s 200 and 400 relay teams while setting a national record in the 200-yard individual medley.

Boys’ Tennis

Miguel Alda – Westwood High School, Round Rock, Texas

Miguel Alda won the Texas Class 5A individual tennis championship this spring after losing the first set in the finals. Alda, who will attend Columbia Univesity, rallied to beat Frankie Colunga of A&M Consolidated 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Miguel’s sister Rosalia was also a 5A state champ back in 2007.  Alda was also named an All-American by the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation, which salutes the Top 40 high school athletes in the United States.

Girls’ Tennis

Rasheeda McAdoo – American Heritage High School, Delray Beach, Florida

Rasheeda McAdoo closed-out her high school career by winning her second straight overall Florida individual singles title. McAdoo, who is the daughter of NBA legend Bob McAdoo, who is currently an assistant coach with the NBA champion Miami Heat, is only one of 24 girls to win more than one Florida individual state championship since the state began holding them in 1938. McAdoo, who will attend Georgia Tech on a tennis scholarship, is ranked #5 in America on the junior circuit.  She was undefeated as a junior and a senior.

Boys’ Track and Field

Grant Hill – Huntsville High School, Huntsville, Alabama

Grant Hill won two gold medals at this year’s Alabama Class 6A Track & Field Championships. Hill, who will attend the University of Alabama on a football scholarship, won the discus with a throw of 176 feet, 1 inch. Hill is ranked #2 in the nation in the discus and earlier in the season has a season-best throw of 203-7.  Hill also won the 6A shot put gold medal with a mark of 54.3.75.

Girls’ Track and Field

Haley Crouser – Gresham High School, Gresham, Oregon

Haley Crouser holds the United States high school national record in the javelin with a throw of 181-feet, 2-inches.  She set that mark as a junior and continued he outstanding career as a senior by being ranked #1 in the nation throughout the year on her way to a gold medal in the Oregon Class 6A championships – her fourth title in the event.  Crouser, who will attend the University of Oregon, also won the gold medal in the shot put this past spring.


Amber and Kadie Rolfzen, Papillion-La Vista South High School, Papillion, Nebraska

Twins Amber and Kadie Rolfzen, who now head together to the University of Nebraska, had a nearly perfect career at Papillion-La Vista South. The Rolfzens led the school to a 126-1 record while capturing three straight Nebraska Class A state titles. In  2012, Amber recorded 390 kills compared to Kadie’s 369; both recorded 38 blocks; and both were members of the U.S. Junior Women’s Team in 2011 and 2012.


BJ Clagon - Toms River South High School, Toms River, New Jersey

BJ Clagon closed-out his high school career in-style in April by becoming just the third wrestler ever to win four straight NHSCA national championships. Clagon, who is a two-time New Jersey state wrestling champ, won the 145-pound title at the Senior Nationals. Clagon, who will wrestle in college at Rider, finished his career at Toms River South with a 155-6 record and 85 straight victories at the end of his career.