Hofman has received many awards during a coaching career that spans 30 years. He has won 10 Florida state titles, eight at Westminster Christian School in Miami between 1981 and 1998 and two more at Westminster Academy in 1999 and 2000. His 1992 and 1996 teams were consensus high school national champions, and USA Today named him its National Coach of the Year both years. This year's team finished 27-7 and reached the Class 2A state quarterfinals. He owns a career record of 787-196. Hofman also runs the Rich Hofman Baseball School and has coached many great players, including Major League Baseball's highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers.
In 1999, Hofman was named National Coach of the Decade by Baseball America magazine. A nine-time Coach of the Year selection by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, Hofman was named National High School Baseball Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1988, 1996, and 1999, and by the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches of Athletics and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 1997. He was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1992 and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993.
In his 10th season, Williams led Schaumburg High to a 29-3 record and the state's Class AA basketball championship. Without a Division I prospect on his team, Williams guided the Saxons to a 66-54 championship-game victory over South Holland Thornwood High, which featured 6-foot-11 superstar Eddy Curry, projected to be a high lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. One Chicago columnist compared Williams' coaching ability to that of the state's all-time leading winner, Virgil Fletcher of downstate Collinsville High. Williams has a career record of 193-91 -32 of the losses came in his first two seasons -and also led Schaumburg High to a fourth-place state finish in 1999.
Since Wisconsin's state cross country tournament was expanded to multiple classes in 1949, no coach has won more state team titles than Behnke, who has led Stevens Point High to seven Class A/Division I titles. Behnke's teams were state champions in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1994, 1997, and 1998, while finishing second in 1982, 1984, and 1990. He guided this year's team to a sixth-place state finish.
Since becoming DeLaSalle High's head coach in 1979, LaDouceur transformed a program that had never had a winning season prior to his arrival into a program that has never had a losing one since, enjoying unprecedented national success. In a state where football championships are contested only at the section level, LaDouceur's teams have more North Coast Section titles (15) than losses (14). The Spartans have not lost a game since 1991, and LaDouceur's overall record of 249-14-2 includes a current 113-game winning streak, a national record. His teams have been ranked No. 1 in California eight times, and his 1994 and 1998 teams finished the season ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today.
LaDouceur is one of 10 inductees -and the only coach -into the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame this year. He was named the National High School Coach of the Year by USA Today in 1995 and 1998, the National Federation Coaches Association in 1998, and the National Football League in 1995, and was named the Coach of the Decade of the 1980s by Cal-Hi Sports magazine.
In his 31 years as Grandville High's head coach, Hutton's teams have posted a dual-meet record of 433-147-7 and qualified for the Class A state tournament 18 times, winning state titles in 1976 and 1988. The Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association (MIGCA) selected him Coach of the Year both years, and the Michigan High School Coaches Association named him Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1988. Hutton has served 22 years as a MICGA board member and two terms as president, 1984-86 and 1996-98. The MICGA inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1993.
The National Coaches Federation named Hutton one of eight finalists for its National Coach of the Year award this season. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association named him Region IV Coach of the Year in 1987. Hutton also coached Grandville High's hockey team for 17 seasons.
After completing his playing career at the University of Pittsburgh in 1968, Schwarz became coach at newly-opened North Allegheny High. As the school's only boys soccer coach ever, Schwarz has built a powerhouse that has reached the Class AAA state title game four times, finally breaking through to win its first title this year in what was considered by many a rebuilding year. Under his direction, North Allegheny finished second in 1976, 1996, and 1999. This year, Schwarz returned just three starters from a team that entered the 1999 title game with a perfect 26-0 record, and also had to rebound from a loss in this year's region final, but won the school's first title, 1-0 over Emmaus High.
Coffman helped maintain St. Xavier High's reputation as a national swimming power by coaching the Bombers to nine state championships before retiring after the 1997 season. St. Xavier's performances -the school has won 23 state titles overall -were a major factor in the Cincinnati area's rise to prominence as a national swimming hotbed, joining Florida and California.
Scoda never played tennis prior to his days as a student at Penn State University, but became the coach of Phoenixville High's first tennis team in 1963 and has held the position ever since. The self-taught player turned the Phantoms into one of southeastern Pennsylvania's most successful programs. His dual meet record entering this season was 460-70, including a streak of 127 consecutive Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC) victories. His team won 11 titles as a member of the Ches-Mont League and have won all 15 PAC titles since the conference was created. Scoda, who will run for a second term this fall as mayor of Phoenixville, was inducted into the USTA Middle States Tennis Patrons Hall of Fame in 1998.
Mathiesen led Kearney High to its eighth consecutive Class A state title last week, and his team was rated No. 7 nationally entering this season. His teams had won 54 consecutive multi-school meets entering this season, the longest such streak in the nation. Since 1987, Kearney High had won 112 of 118 such events, finishing second in the other six.
Mathiesen's teams have won 22 state tournament titles in 14 different events -19 since the consecutive state title streak began in 1994 -and hold nine state records.
In nine seasons as Wilson High School's head coach, Dave Crowell has elevated the Warriors to one of Pennsylvania's AA powers on a year to year basis.
This year, Wilson Area enjoyed of the best seasons ever. The Warriors piled up a 19-1-1 record in dual meets, winning the Class AA dual state title and finishing fourth in the individual state tournament. Early in the season, Wilson Area took on two of the Lehigh Valley's Class AAA powers, scoring a big 37-19 victory over Nazareth before cross-town rival Easton High handed them their only loss this season, a 29-21 defeat. Crowell was the head coach at Easton High prior to coming to Wilson Area. The 19-1-1 record was the second best in school history.
Crowell's career record at Wilson Area stands at 135-39-1. Earlier this year, he became the all time leader in victories among the 9 head coaches in Wilson history. His .775 winning percentage also is a school record. Under Crowell, Wilson Area has also won 4 conference titles, 3 District 11 titles, and 4 Southeast Region titles. Two of his wrestlers have won individual state titles.
Clarksville High School
Jeff Jordan completed his eighth season as head coach at Clarksville High School this year. In 2000, he coached the Wildcats to the state's Division I dual and individual team titles, a feat never previously accomplished by a school outside the Nashville or greater Chattanooga areas, and finished second in the state duals and third in the state individual tournament this year.
Prior to coaching at Clarksville, Jordan coached for 8 years at Franklin High, serving as the school's head coach from 1984-1989. His 1989 Franklin team won the individual state championship, at that time becoming the first public school outside the Chattanooga to win a state title, and was the state dual runner up. His Franklin teams were 78-11-1, for an overall record of 284-41-1. Jordan is one of only two coaches in Tennessee history to coach two different teams to state titles. He also coached 7 individual state champions and one NHSCA Senior All American.
Jordan accomplished this success with four-year wrestlers who never wrestled prior to high school. He is stepping down as Clarksville head coach this year to devote more time his family and his livestock farm.
Anderson has coached at Harbor City High for nine years, with a career record of 182-45. His teams won the state's Division I title in 1999 and 2000, and also have won three Los Angeles City Section titles and six Marine League titles. A world history teacher, Anderson also was selected National Coach of the Year by SchoolSports.com.
Varvas has been Woodbridge High's only girls cross country coach since the school opened its doors in 1980. His teams have placed high in state competition the past four years. After winning the 1997 Division II state title and finishing second in 1998, Woodbridge moved up to Division I and won the 1999 state title, its second in three years. This year's team, back in Division II, earned a sixth-place state finish. Varvas also is the founder of the Woodbridge Invitational, which has grown over the years to become the nation's third-largest cross country event.
Under Derr's direction, Warwick High has become a field hockey powerhouse, winning Class AAA state championships in 1999 and 2000 and losing just one of 55 games over that span. Derr's 2000 squad finished the season with a perfect 28-0 record, and its current winning streak stands at 32 straight over two years. The 1999 team finished 26-1-1. Derr's teams were outstanding defensively; in their title runs in 1999 and 2000, they allowed a total of one goal each year in four state tournament games. In 1998, Derr led Warwick to the state quarterfinals, and his three-year record is 77-5-1.
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.
In 10 years at Carmel High, Dixon has guided his teams to the state's Final Four nine times, winning titles in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2000 and finishing second in 1996. This year's team, which finished 22-1-1, set a state championship-game scoring record in a 5-0 victory over Chesterton High, and was unscored upon in eight state tournament series games. The team was ranked No. 1 nationally at one time during the season. Dixon's career record is 204-7-12. Dixon was selected the state's Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, and 2000, Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches of Athletics in 1996, 1997, and 1998, and Regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association in 1993, 1994, and 2000.
Ross led Weatherford High to a perfect 34-0 record and the Class 4A state championship in 2000. A two-sport coach, Ross also led the softball team to a second-place finish in 1999, the same year Weatherford High's football team, for which he is an assistant coach, reached the Division I Class 4A state quarterfinals. Ross, who teaches health and U.S. history, also is the chairman of Weatherford High's physical education department. He has coached at Weatherford High for six years.
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.
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.
Morris, 36, led both the boys and girls teams from T.W. Andrews High to Class 3A state titles this season. The girls team won four events, scoring 76 points to win the title by 23; the boys team added three event victories and scored 52 points for a 12-point margin of victory. Morris accomplished this while engaged in a personal battle of his own -undergoing chemotherapy treatments for testicular cancer, with which he was diagnosed in mid-March.
Knuth has led Marysville High to five consecutive Class B state championships, all in straight games, along with a second-place finish in 1993. In 17 years as head coach, his teams have compiled a record of 742-64-32, including a 60-1 record this season. From 1996 through 2000, his teams assembled a 192-match winning streak, twice as long as the second-longest streak in the Michigan record book.