A standout safety at the University of Memphis from 1990-93, Williams has coached at Greenville, a school in a town of fewer than 1,000 people playing in small-school Class A, for the past eight seasons. He has led his teams to a 47-37 record and three state playoff appearances. So those numbers don’t impress you? Maybe this will: Williams coached the Tigers to a perfect 10-0 regular-season record last fall – they were eliminated by the eventual state champion in the second round of the playoffs to finish 11-1 – after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Riding to practices in a golf cart, sometimes having to lean on his players as he coached, he still inspired Greenville to heights the program hadn’t seen since its last unbeaten season in 1992. The ABC television series, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, rebuilt Williams’ house to accommodate his health issues and those of his 6-year-old son, Jacob, who was born with spina bifida and is confined to a wheelchair, as well as the Greenville High School field house. Williams was named the Atlanta Falcons’ High School Coach of the Week for Nov. 23, and his was voted Sports Story of the Year for 2009 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The only baseball coach Chaparral has had since the program’s inception in 1974, Dawson has led the Firebirds to a record of 773-301 and 34 trips to the state playoffs in his 36 seasons at the helm. His resume includes 23 region championships, 19 appearances in the state’s final four, 12 trips to the state title game and eight 4A state championships – in 1994, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Moving up to 5A Division 2 this season, his team finished 20-12. More than 140 of his players have gone on to play college or professional baseball, including current major leaguers Paul Konerko and Brian Bannister. A nine-time state Coach of the Year, Dawson was awarded the Victory with Honor Coach of the Year award by the Arizona Interscholastic Association in 2004 and previously won four national Coach of the Year awards, most recently the Easton/Collegiate Baseball Master Coach of the Year award in 2009. He was inducted into the Arizona Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2002, the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009. Dawson was an assistant coach on the USA Baseball Junior National Team that competed in the World Games in Chinese Taipei in 2004, and was the head coach of the USA Baseball Junior National Team that won the silver medal in the Pan-Am Games in Villa Hermosa, Mexico in 2005.
In 25 years at the helm, Iamurri has presided over a team that not only owns many of the state’s softball records, but has become one of the nation’s most highly regarded programs. Iamurri led the Golden Eagles to seven 4A state titles in an eight-year span – from 1989-96 – and their 10 state titles are more than any other Florida school. Iamurri has guided his teams to 646 victories, including a sparkling 115-8 record the past four years. That run included Naples’ most recent state title, in 2008, an accomplishment that earned Iamurri Spring Coach of the Year honors from the Naples Daily News. A perennial fixture at or near the top of the national polls, the Golden Eagles finished 28-2 this season and were ranked No. 1 nationally before falling in the state championship game, 3-2 in a nine-inning marathon. Of Iamurri’s 646 wins, 70 have come in state tournament play – also a state record – against just 12 losses. He has guided Naples to 22 state playoff appearances, and recorded at least one win in 21 of those. Named the state’s Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996, Iamurri was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.
LaRusso has built a volleyball powerhouse at Darien. This year, she led the Blue Wave to its second 25-0 season in the past three years. Not only did Darien go 25-0 in both seasons, but the Blue Wave didn’t lose a single set in either season. Since taking over in 1982, her teams have compiled a record of 536-79, with 11 unbeaten seasons. Since 1993, her teams are an astounding 412-10, with six of the losses coming in the 2000 season; once owned a 139-match winning streak; and is riding a current 49-match winning streak dating back to 2008. LaRusso has guided Darien to 19 Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference titles and 15 Class L state titles, and in both, her teams will enter next season as the 11-time defending champions. She was named National Coach of the Year by PrepVolleyball.com in 2007, the first coach from an East Coast school to receive the honor, and the Connecticut Sports Writers Association named her the Doc McInerney Female Coach of the Year in 2009. She was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
Eastern was a field hockey powerhouse before Heilig arrived, and she has elevated that tradition. In 12 seasons as a head coach, one at Haddon Heights High School and 11 at Eastern, Heilig’s teams have compiled an overall record of 275-8-9, the best career winning percentage of any high school coach in any sport, and once owned a 153-match unbeaten streak. At Eastern, Heilig is 255-2-5 against New Jersey opponents, including a 57-1 playoff mark. She was named United States Coach of the Year by TopOfTheCircle.com in 2009 after leading the Vikings to a 26-2 record, its 11th consecutive Group 4 state championship and its third Tournament of Champions title in four years. One of the two defeats came on penalty strokes to Kingston (Pa.) Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School, coached by the NHSCA’s 2009 National Coach of the Year, Karen Klassner. An offensive juggernaut, Eastern outscored its eight state playoff opponents by a combined 63-4 margin, and the Vikings led the nation in scoring with 206 goals, becoming just the second high school team ever to pass the 200-goal mark. Eastern received the Newark Star-Ledger Trophy as the state’s top program for the ninth time in 10 years.
Chooljian recently completed his 23rd year at the helm of the Timberlane program. With a record of 385-40-5 as of January 4, 2010, he will pass the 400-victory mark early next season. This year, the Owls finished 23-1 – the lone loss to powerhouse Blairstown Township (N.J.) Blair Academy – and finished 10th in the prestigious Beast of the East tournament. The Owls won their 11th consecutive Division 1 state championship, setting a state record with 314 points. Timberlane has taken the Division 1 crown 17 of the past 18 years, and the Owls followed that by winning the Meet of Champions all-class state meet for the seventh straight year, and the 14th time in the past 16 seasons. Timberlane also has set the standard in the New England Championships. In 2009, by winning their seventh New England team title, Timberlane became New England’s all-time winningest program, and this season the Owls extended that record with their eighth title. Timberlane has won three straight New England titles, five in the past six seasons and seven titles this decade, and 15 Owls wrestlers have won New England crowns under his direction. Five Timberlane wrestlers have earned NHSCA All-America honors, led by 2002 Senior Nationals champion Matt Smith. The National Federation of State High School Associations followed the NHSCA’s lead by naming Chooljian its National Wrestling Coach of the Year this year.
Kitani has guided Fairfax, one of southern California’s storied programs, to the state playoffs in each of his 29 seasons as head coach, as well as several appearances in national rankings. In 30 years on the bench – his first year was at San Fernando High – he owns a career record of 620-209, including a 607-197 mark at Fairfax. His teams have won 16 league championships, three Los Angeles City championships and two Division 1 state titles. Kitani is a two-time winner of the John R. Wooden Award, as California Coach of the Year in 1999 and as National Coach of the Year in 2004, after guiding Fairfax to the state championship. He also led Fairfax to the 2007 state title. He also earned Coach of the Year honors from the California Coaches Association in 2005. In 2006, Kitani was the head coach of the West team in the McDonald’s All-American Game. Kitani has been part of the coaching staff for the Nike All-American Camp for 10 years, and more than 100 of his players have gone on to earn college scholarships.
A 31-year coaching veteran, Self-Morgan just completed her 10th season at Duncanville, finishing 33-4, leading the Pantherettes to the regional final and finishing the season ranked No. 18 statewide in 5A. Her 2003 team won the 5A state title, the fourth of her career, and she owns a career record of 844-191. Prior to her stint at Duncanville, Self-Morgan coached a powerhouse at Austin Westlake High School, leading the Chaparrals to three state championships – the 4A title in 1993 and back-to-back 5A crowns in 1995 and 1996. Her teams have made 22 state playoff appearances, and none of her teams have finished with a losing record. A four-time Texas Coach of the Year, she was honored 10 times as Central Texas Coach of the Year between 1980 and 1996. Self-Morgan has coached in five Texas All-Star Games, was a floor coach for the USA Junior Olympic Trials in 2000 and twice has coached the West team in the McDonald’s All-American Game, in 2004 and again this year. Self-Morgan was a two-time Most Valuable Player at the University of Texas, and was the school’s Scholar-Athlete award recipient as a senior in 1977.
Lange is completing his 41st year as a boys and girls cross country coach and boys track and field coach, the last 37 at Jesuit, and those teams have combined for 37 league titles. He has led Jesuit’s boys cross country team to 25 Sac-Joaquin Section (SJS) titles, including a section-record 15 straight, and nine California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state titles, more than any other SJS school. Lange also has guided the girls cross country team to four SJS titles, and in 15 years as head coach, his boys track and field teams also took four SJS titles (he has spent the past 23 seasons as an assistant coach). Lange was named Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year by the California Coaches Association in 1981, and he was one of 13 coaches statewide to be honored with the highest honor the CIF bestows upon its coaches, the Model Coach Award, for the 2007-08 school year. Later this year, Lange will be inducted into the SJS Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class.
The 30-year coaching veteran is the head coach of four sports at Nodaway Valley – boys and girls cross country, boys basketball and boys track and field – and has led three of those programs to state titles. He has led the girls cross country team to 12 state tournament appearances in the past 13 seasons with 10 top-eight finishes, including the 2A state title last fall. The National Federation of State High School Associations named Burmeister its National Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2007. His boys cross country teams advanced to the state meet eight straight years, winning the A state title in 2002 and adding 2A runner-up honors in 2003. A seven-time Southwest Region Coach of the Year, Burmeister was the state’s A Boys Coach of the Year in 2002 and Girls Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2009. Burmeister also led the Wolverines boys basketball team to the 2A state title in 2006, again earning Coach of the Year honors, as well as a runner-up finish in 2005 and third place in 2007. In 17 seasons, his teams have a record of 312-52 and have won 10 conference titles and six district crowns.
Berglund was the coach of both the boys and girls golf teams at Hazen, single-handedly overseeing the progress of teams whose combined numbers totaled 75 golfers or more. When his wife, Girls Golf Coach of the Year Kathy Berglund, took over the girls team in 1996, Berglund concentrated on the boys team and has done so since. The Titans broke through to win the Class B state title the past two seasons, Berglund’s first two championships after multiple high state finishes. A 1979 graduate of Valley City State University who teaches science at Hazen Middle School, Berglund was named Class B Coach of the Year by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association in 1993, 1994, 2003 and 2005, and was named Region 5 Coach of the Year in 2008. The National Federation of State High School Associations named Berglund its state Coach of the Year in 2006, and he is a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year award this year.
Berglund was a lower-level basketball, volleyball and track and field coach team-teaching sixth-grade science, English and reading at Hazen Middle School before agreeing in the early 1990s to help her husband, Darrell, who at the time was the head coach of both the boys and girls golf teams. In 1996, she became the head coach of the girls team, and the rest is history. Hazen’s girls won the first of seven Class B state titles on Kathy Berglund’s resume that year. That includes back-to-back titles the past two seasons. Her teams also have finished second in state five times, third once and sixth once, and 25 of her golfers have won All-State honors. That 1996 championship also brought Berglund the first of eight Class B Coach of the Year awards from the North Dakota High School Coaches Association, a run that included four straight awards from 2003-06. She was named National Girls Golf Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 2005, and was a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s National Coach of the Year award in 2006.
Through this school year, Scanlon, a 34-year coaching veteran, was the only coach in the history of two Apple Valley sports teams: boys tennis and girls ice hockey. He also coaches the school’s freshman baseball team. He has coached the Eagles boys soccer teams to a record of 518-87-49, and last September, he became the state’s all-time winningest coach. Last fall, Apple Valley finished 24-0 and won its eighth state championship, also tops among Minnesota boys and girls soccer teams. Scanlon previously coached Apple Valley to titles in 1984, 1988, 1989, 1992 in the single-class era and AA titles in 1997, 1998 and 2006, and his teams have made 16 state tournament appearances. His team was ranked No. 5 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and No. 8 by ESPN/Rise, and he was named National Coach of the Year by both organizations. After 14 seasons as an assistant coach with the Apple Valley boys hockey team, Scanlon assumed the reins of the girls team when the Minnesota State High School League first sanctioned the sport in 1994, winning state titles in 1995 and 1998 and finishing third in 2003 before retiring as the team’s coach at the conclusion of this season.
A graduate of Bishop Kelley who received his bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Tulsa, Tokarchik has two passions: teaching math and coaching girls soccer, which he has done for the past 11 seasons. The latter has been obvious, as he led the Lady Comets to state titles in each of his first nine seasons. Those stretched the school’s overall winning streak to 10, a state record in soccer. The first six titles, from 2000 through 2005, were in 4A. When soccer expanded to six classes the next year, Bishop Kelley moved up to 5A, where Tokarchik’s teams added three more titles, in 2006, 2007 and 2008. His teams own an overall record of 172-8, a .956 winning percentage, and built a 50-match winning streak that spanned three seasons, from 2006 to 2009. The state title streak ended in 2009 with a loss in the state semifinals, but Tokarchik’s team started a new streak this year, posting a 17-1 record in the process. The state’s Coach of the Year in 2003, Tokarchik twice was selected Region Private/Parochial Coach of the Year by the NSCAA, and was the organization’s National Coach of the Year in 2005.
Roberts just completed his 41st season as coach of Tooele’s boys and girls swimming teams. A high school All-America and championship swimmer at the University of Utah, Roberts has led Tooele to 31 region championships and 11 state titles. Nine of those have been won by the boys team, most recently the 4A title in 2002. This year’s team finished sixth. His girls teams won state crowns in 1999 and 2001. Through the 2008-09 season, his boys teams had a record of 452-87 and his girls teams had a record of 328-74. Roberts is a member of the Tooele High School Wall of Fame as an athlete and coach, and has been named Coach of the Year 12 times by the Utah Swimming Coaches Association, which he also served 10 years as president, and currently as secretary-treasurer. The National Federation of State High School Associations named him Boys Swimming Coach of the Year in 2005. The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) presented Roberts with its Outstanding Service Award in 1991 and inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2009.
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.
The second Boys Tennis Coach of the Year from the Nutmeg State in as many years, Solomon has guided the Warriors to a record of 445-61 and four state team titles as he completes his 36th season. In 1979, Solomon led Hall to the title in the state’s largest division, Class LL, and followed that with the all-class State Open championship. The Warriors have since gone on to win Class L state titles in 1992, 1993 and 2007, and also own 13 state runner-up finishes, including the past two seasons. Under Solomon, the Warriors have won 18 Central Connecticut Conference Western Division titles, including the last five in a row. Solomon coached the individual state singles champions in 2006 and 2007, and his players also swept the New England Championships singles and doubles titles in 2006 and added the singles title in 2007. The state’s Coach of the Year in 1985, Solomon was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003. A two-time National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Regional Coach of the Year, Solomon was named National Coach of the Year by the NHSACA in 2000.
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.
Also the school’s athletic director, Boudreaux has become an institution in Louisiana boys track and field and cross country since taking the reins at Catholic in 1967. His teams have won a state-best 33 state titles – 11 in outdoor track, seven in indoor track and 15 in cross country. This year, Boudreaux’s cross country and outdoor track and field teams both set state scoring records, and his teams have swept all three state meets the past two years. The track and field team’s record performance this spring included seven event victories, a state record and a pair of 1-2 finishes. His track and field teams were undefeated in regular-season competition for 11 straight years, and his athletes have set 12 state records and own three Catholic high school national records. The Louisiana Track and Field Coaches Association named Boudreaux Coach of the Year in 2002, 2008 and 2009, and presented him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. His cross country teams have won titles in each of the past four decades and is one of just two Louisiana teams to record a perfect state tournament score.
A Mobile native, Tate came to St. Paul’s in 1978. He has been the boys and girls cross country coach and the boys and girls track and field coach ever since, and he has built a resume that would warrant his selection as National Coach of the Year in any of the four sports. Tate’s teams have won an incredible 56 state team titles – 17 each in girls cross country and track and field, 13 in boys track and field and nine in boys cross country. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was his girls cross country teams that were setting the standard, setting a national high school record with 16 straight state titles from 1983 through 1998. All four programs have built title streaks lasting at least three seasons. Tate’s cross country teams have won both the boys and girls state meets five times, and this year, his track and field teams won both state meets for the 10th time. In the 1984-85, 1991-92 and 1994-95 school years, his teams went a perfect 4-for-4, sweeping both the cross country and track and field state meets in those seasons. Tate was named Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 1999, and he was inducted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.