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Baseball

Todd Boyer
Shawnee High School - Shawnee, Oklahoma

 

This past season, Todd Boyer led Shawnee to its third straight Oklahoma Class 5A state title. Shawnee finished a perfect 40-0 and No. 1 in the USA TODAY Super 25 national rankings.  Shawnee will take a 52-game win streak into the 2018 season. Boyer, who has been at the school 26 years as a coach, the last 11 as Shawnee’s head coach, was the 2014-15 Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association’s Oklahoma Baseball Coach of the Year.  He was also named the National Federation of State High Schools Association’s Southwest Sectional Coach of the Year for 2015. Boyer is the first coach from Oklahoma to win the NHSCA National Baseball Coach of the Year Award.

 


 

 

Boys’ Basketball

Tyrone Slaughter
Whitney Young High School - Chicago, Illinois

 

This past season, Tyrone Slaughter led Whitney Young to the Illinois Class 4A state championship, finishing No. 25 in the nation in the USA TODAY Super 25.  It was the third time the Dolphins had won a state title under Slaughter, who said after the game, “Everyone on this roster is a star. Everybody on this roster does something that makes our team good.” Coach Slaughter is known for playing one of the toughest schedules in the country year-in and year-out.  This year, aside from its rugged Chicago Public League schedule, Whitney Young played teams from six different states. Slaughter’s lifetime record is 262-96 with 33 young men gaining college scholarships under his coaching. Slaughter is the second coach from Illinois to win the Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year award. Bob Williams of Schaumburg High School won the award in 2001

 

 

 

Girls’ Basketball

Randy Coffman
Riverdale High School - Murfreesboro, Tennessee

 

Randy Coffman led Riverdale to its second straight Tennessee Class AAA championship during the 2016-17 school year.  Riverdale was named national champs by USA TODAY and MaxPreps after finishing with a 34-0 record.  Coffman, who was also named the 2017 Naismith High School Girls’ Coach of the Year, has led his team to 43 straight wins since the 2015-16 season. Coffman was named Riverdale’s head coach prior to the 2015-16 season after coaching at Dyersburg High School for years.  His record at Riverdale is 66-4.  His lifetime coaching record is 433-163. Coffman is the second Tennessee coach to be named the NHSCA National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year. Blackman’s Chad Hibdon won the award in 2015.

 

 

 

Boys’ Cross Country

Timo Mostert
American Fork High School - American Fork,  Utah

 

Timo Mostert began coaching the American Fork boys’ cross country team in 1998.  His team has competed in every state championship since he took over the program, winning seven team championships.  In 2016, Mostert led American Fork to its seventh team championship in the last eight years.  In December, Mostert and his boys finished second at the Nike Cross Nationals.  It was the second time in five years that American Fork finished runner-up at the national championships. Casey Clinger was the Individual Nike Cross Nationals’ National Champion for the second-year in a row, plus he won the NHSCA Boys’ Cross County Athlete of the Year.  He’s the first boy to win back-to-back Nike Cross County national titles in the 13-year history of the meet.  Mostert has coached 38 cross country all-state runners and 17 individual state champions in the sport. Mostert is the first coach to win the NHSCA’s National Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year from Utah.

 

 

 

Girls’ Cross Country

Amy Eubanks
The Westminster Schools - Atlanta, Georgia

 

Amy Eubanks has been the school’s head coach since 1991.  The Westminster Schools won the 2016 Georgia AAA state championship, which was the 21st state championship under Eubanks’ guidance.  In 2014, she was named Georgia State Coach of the Year by the NFHS.  She was the GACA State Coach of the Year from 1992 through 2004.  In 1997, Eubanks was the co-high school Coach of the Year for all sports given by the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Eubanks is the first coach from Georgia to win the NHSCA Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year award.

 

 

  

Field Hockey

Sue Butz-Stavin
Emmaus High School - Emmaus, Pennsylvania

 

Sue Butz-Stavin, who was the NHSCA National Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 2007, led her school to its second straight Pennsylvania Class 3A state title this last year.  The Green Hornets finished undefeated for the second straight season and now own a 55-game win streak.  Butz-Stavin, who has been coaching for over 40 years and is America’s all-time winningest field hockey coach, is now seven wins away from 900 lifetime coaching victories.  This year’s state title was the 12th for Emmaus under the legendary coach. 

The other two coaches to be honored twice by the NHSCA are Bob Ladouceur, former head football coach at De La Salle High School in Concord, California, who was named National Football Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004 and Joe Newton of York Community High School in Illinois, who won the award in 2000 and 2003.

 

 

Football

Bruce Rollinson  
Mater Dei High School - Santa Ana, California

 

Bruce Rollinson, who has been Mater Dei’s head coach since 1989, owns a record of 272-33-2.  Last season Rollinson led his school to a 13-1 record and was ranked No. 14 in the national in the High School Football America/NHSCA National High School Football Rankings. Since taking-over the reigns of the football program at his alma mater, Rollinson has directed the Monarchs to 11 CIF-Southern Section championship games, winning five titles.  In the mid-90’s, two of Rollinson’s teams were named national champions by USA TODAY. Among the top players he has coached are quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Matt Leinart, both of whom went to USC.  Rollinson’s current quarterback, sophomore J.T. Daniels, has already thrown 100 touchdowns in his career, which gives him the most in Orange County history with two more years to go. Rollinson is the second California high school football coach to receive the honor.  De La Salle’s Bob Ladouceur, who is one of three two-time winners of the its Coach of the Year award, won the National Football Coach of the Year award in 2001 and 2004.

 

 

 

Boys’ Golf

Hal Rossow
Panorama High School - Panorama, Iowa

 

Hal Rossow closed-out a 38-year coaching career at Panorama High School in the spring with the school’s fourth straight state meet appearance.  Rossow led Panorama to 2A state championships in 2015 and 2016.  The Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association named Coach Rossow its Class 2A Coach of the Year at the end of each of those championship seasons. Over the past four seasons, Panorama’s team amassed an incredible 280 wins with just 19 losses. This past season, Rossow’s team finished with a 70-7 record with a third place finish at the state tournament with two all-state selections. Coach Rossow is the third coach from Iowa to win the NHSCA National Boys’ Golf Coach of the Year.  Dave Messerli of Marion won the award in 2015 and Richard Gaard of Decorah won it in 2008.

 

 

 

Girls’ Golf

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.

 

 

 

Boys’ Soccer

Hardy Kalisher
Boulder High School - Boulder, Colorado

 

Kalisher, who has led the school to the playoffs in all of the years that he’s been the team’s head coach, won the program’s second state title in 2016 with a perfect 20-0 record.  Boulder beat Broomfield for the 5A championship on the 14th round of penalty kicks.  USA TODAY ranked Boulder No. 2 in the nation in its Super 25 fall rankings. Under Kalisher, Boulder High won the first state title in the program’s history in 2012. In addition, the Panthers finished runner-up in 2014 and were state semi-finalists in 2010 and 2013. In 2012, Kalisher was named the Colorado High School Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year. During the same year, Kalisher won the prestigious National Double-Coach of the Year Award. Coach Kalisher is the first coach from Colorado to win the NHSCA National Boys’ Soccer Coach of the Year.

  

 

 

Girls’ Soccer

Joe Finocchiaro
Glastonbury High School - Glastonbury, Connecticut

 

This past season, Joe Finocchiaro led Glastonbury to its third straight Connecticut Class LL state championship.  During that stretch, Glastonbury has won 60 straight matches, which is a Connecticut state record. Finocchiaro, who is a Glastonbury alum, took-over the girls’ soccer program 2009 and has now led his alma mater to four state championship appearances with three titles.  This past season, Glastonbury finished No. 2 in the USA TODAY Girls Super 25 fall soccer rankings. Coach Finocchiaro is the first coach from Connecticut to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year.

 

 

 

Softball

Dani Weir  
Woodinville High School - Woodinville, Washington

 

Dani Weir led Woodinville to Washington 4A state championship this past season.  Weir, who won a state championship as a player at Woodinville in 2005, has led the Falcons to four straight league titles, plus finished runner-up in the state in 2016. Woodinville, which finished 26-0 this season, finished ranked No. 4 in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25 softball rankings.  Last year, Weir was named the Seattle Times Softball Coach of the Year. Weir is the first coach from Washington to be named the NHSCA’s National Softball Coach of the Year.

 

 

 

Boys’ Swimming

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.

 

 

 

Girls’ Swimming

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.

 

 

 

Boys’ Tennis

Mike Sabin  
Wellesley High School - Wellesley, Massachusetts

 

In May Mike Sabin won his 500th match as the head coach of the Wellesley tennis program.  Sabin captured his 500th victory with a 4-1 win over arch-rival Needham.  This past season, Wellesley finished 16-2, winning Massachusetts’ South Section championship and advanced to the state Division 1 semifinals. In 28 years as the school’s head coach, he’s only had one losing season.  His 2010 team was a perfect 26-0, winning the school’s first state championship.  Sabin also led Wellesley to a Division 2 state title in 2005. Coach Sabin is the first coach from Massachusetts to win the NHSCA National Boys’ Tennis Coach of the Year. 

 

 

 

Girls’ Tennis

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.

 

 

 

Boys’ Track & Field

Juris Green
The Woodlands High School - The Woodlands, Texas

 

Juris Green led the school to its second overall state championship in the spring, the first for the school since 1999.  Green’s father was the head coach of the first state championship team.  This year’s team won the title with 60 points, which was four more than second place George Ranch. This year’s championship was won on the strength of nine athletes who qualified for the UIL state championships.  Green’s athletes won four gold medals and one silver, plus the 4X200 relay team also captured gold. Green is also the head coach of the school’s cross-country program that won the state’s 6A state title in the fall.  It’s the first time that the same school has won cross country and track and field titles in the same year. Coach Green is the first coach from Texas to win the NHSCA National Boys’ Track and Field Coach of the Year Award.

  

 

 

Girls’ Track & Field

Tom Esslinger
Homewood High School - Homewood, Alabama

 

Esslinger led the Homewood girls to their fourth straight state championship in May.  Led by sprinter Jasmine Griffin, who won three individual gold medals along with a relay gold, Homewood took home seven gold medals in individual events, plus one in the 4X400 relay. The state title was the tenth overall for Esslinger, who is head coach of the boys’ team as well.  Since taking-over in 2005, Homewood girls and boys have captured ten state titles with nine runner-up finishes.  The track and field title gave the Homewood girls a three-peat this year under Esslinger.  The Homewood girls also won the cross country and indoor track state titles during the 2016-17 school year. Coach Esslinger is the second coach from Alabama to win the NHSCA National Girls’ Track and Field Coach of the Year award.  Jim Tate of St. Paul’s Episcopal School won it in 2010.

   

 

 

Volleyball

Ben Maxfield
Corona del Sol High School - Temple, Arizona

 

Ben Maxfield, who’s been the head coach at Corona del Sol for more than a decade, led the school to Arizona’s Class 6A title for the 2016-17 school year, the school’s first since 1991.  The team finished 39-5 last season with USA TODAY ranking the school No. 5 in its Super 25 national rankings. During Maxfield’s reign as head coach, Corona del Sol has won one state title with two runner-up finishes, along with a 3rd place and 5th place finish. Coach Maxfield is the first coach from Arizona to win the NHSCA National Volleyball Coach of the Year. 

 

 

 

Wrestling

Mike Palazzo
Lake Highland Prep - Orlando, Florida

 

Palazzo has brought Lake Highland Prep to the top of the rankings since he took over the program in 2009. LHP was ranked fourth in the nation for the majority of the 2016-2017 season. Lake Highland became just the third school in state history to win five state titles in six years, joining Brandon and South DadeThis year, LHP set a new team record with points at the Florida State tournament with 298.5 points and a total of eight individual champions. They have wins over top ranked Bethlehem Catholic, Malvern Prep before dropping to #1 Blair Academy.

 

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