2017 USTFCCCA High School Cross Country Coaches of the Year

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday the state-by-state winners of its fourth annual High School Coach of the Year award for cross country.

One boys coach and one girls coach from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia – as seen in the lists below – were honored for their successes during the fall of 2017, as selected by a committee of experts from around the nation.

State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2017 cross country season. Among the factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at the state championships, margin of victory, performance against rankings if available, individual championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years (e.g. first title in school history, consecutive titles, etc.).

Each honoree will receive a trophy from the USTFCCCA recognizing his or her achievements.

The winners from each state are in consideration for the association’s National High School Cross Country Coach of the Year award. One boys coach and one girls coach from among all the states will be selected by a panel of experts and be announced later this month as the national winners.

The full lists can be seen below.

2017 USTFCCCA High School Boys Cross Country Coaches of the Year

State Coach Name Institution
Alabama Luke Robinson Scottsboro High School
Alaska Ruth Barndt West High School
Arizona Missy Acker Northland Preparatory Academy
Arkansas Karl Koonce Lake Hamilton High School
California Doug Soles Great Oak High School
Colorado Mark Roberts Lyons Senior High School
Connecticut Chris Stonier Xavier High School
Delaware Michael LoSapio Salesianum School
District of Columbia John Ausema Gonzaga College High School
Florida Mike Rivera The Bolles School
Georgia Andy Carr Milton High School
Hawaii Jack Kuo ‘Iolani School
Idaho Jeff Howard Rocky Mountain High School
Illinois John Sipple Downers Grove North High School
Indiana Colin Altevogt Carmel High School
Iowa Erik Belby Pleasant Valley High School
Kansas Gary Wartick Circle High School
Kentucky Chuck Medley Saint Xavier High School
Louisiana Claney Duplechin Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
Maine Garrett Martin Lincoln Academy
Maryland Josh Alcombright Severna Park High School
Massachusetts Mark Murray St. John’s High School
Michigan Don Sleeman Pioneer High School
Minnesota Mark Popp Wayzata High School
Mississippi Kevin Bower Brookhaven High School
Missouri Frank Gallick Blue Springs High School
Montana Casey Jermyn Bozeman High School
Nebraska Stephanie Fuehrer Holdrege High School
Nevada Rhonda Beadell Spanish Springs High School
New Hampshire Tristan Black-Ingersoll Concord High School
New Jersey Sean McCafferty Christian Brothers Academy
New Mexico Kenny Henry V. Sue Cleveland High School
New York Ray Lawson Corning-Painted Post High School
North Carolina Michael Miragliuolo Green Hope High School
North Dakota Brian Anderson New Town High School
Ohio Lee Sternberg East Canton High School
Oklahoma Frezer Legesse Mount St. Mary Catholic High School
Oregon Justin Loftus Crater High School
Pennsylvania Greg Bielecki La Salle College High School
Rhode Island Jim Doyle Bishop Hendricken High School
South Carolina Jeff Buys Dorman High School
South Dakota Kendra Benedetto West Central High School
Tennessee Phil Young Siegel High School
Texas Greg Christensen Lovejoy High School
Utah Randy Quarez Stansbury High School
Vermont Eric Langevin Essex High School
Virginia Marc Hunter Loudoun Valley High School
Washington Michael Lee Lewis and Clark High School
West Virginia Mike Ryan Morgantown High School
Wisconsin Brian Finnel Middleton High School
Wyoming  Ty Draney Star Valley High School


2017 USTFCCCA High School Girls Cross Country Coaches of the Year

State Coach Name Institution
Alabama Naomi Bergh Auburn High School
Alaska Dan Callahan West Valley High School
Arizona Missy Acker Northland Preparatory Academy
Arkansas Christina Nipper  Little Rock Christian Academy
California Doug Soles Great Oak High School
Colorado Kim McConnell Peak to Peak High School
Connecticut Brian Collins Glastonbury High School
Delaware Keith Taylor Mount Pleasant High School
District of Columbia Mike Sheehy St. John’s College High School
Florida Kristin McWilliams Winter Park High School
Georgia Jason Newton McIntosh High School
Hawaii Bobby Grossman Seabury Hall
Idaho Greg Harm Eagle High School
Illinois Chris Friedman Dunlap High School
Indiana Suzanne Rigg Zionsville Community High School
Iowa Mark Hostetler Mid-Prairie High School
Kansas Rena Mick Bennington High School
Kentucky Tim Holman duPont Manual High School
Louisiana Mark LaHaye St. Joseph’s Academy
Maine Helen Bonzi Camden Hills Regional High School
Maryland Tom Martin Walter Johnson High School
Massachusetts Hanna Bruno Concord-Carlisle High School
Michigan Terry Tatro Hart High School
Minnesota Dave Emmans Wayzata High School
Mississippi Christopher Greer Myrtle Attendance Center
Missouri Pam Jurgensmeyer Park Hill South High School
Montana Casey Jermyn Bozeman High School
Nebraska Jared Hansmeyer Ainsworth High School
Nevada Warren Mills North Tahoe High School
New Hampshire Amy Bernard Pinkerton Academy
New Jersey Sean Walsh North Hunterdon High School
New Mexico Adam Kedge Albuquerque Academy
New York Bill Aris Fayetteville–Manlius High School
North Carolina Nick Mangum Cardinal Gibbons High School
North Dakota Kirk Zink Hillsboro High School
Ohio David Dobson Centerville High School
Oklahoma Scott Monnard Norman High School
Oregon Tom Rothenberger Jesuit High School
Pennsylvania Tom Moul Fox Chapel Area High School
Rhode Island Jeff Rose Portsmouth High School
South Carolina Ashley Perry D.W. Daniel High School
South Dakota Kyle Sanderson Newell High School
Tennessee Dustin Carpenter Signal Mountain Middle/High School
Texas James Zaring​ Keller High School
Utah Mark Morrison Pleasant Grove High School
Vermont Mark Chaplin U-32 Middle & High School
Virginia Brandon Bear Blacksburg High School
Washington Kelly Harmon North Central High School
West Virginia Larry Cassady Williamstown High School
Wisconsin Barry Smanz Dodgeland High School
Wyoming Sean Wilde Central High School