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2021 USTFCCCA High School Cross Country State Coaches of the Year

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the state-by-state winners of its eighth annual High School Cross Country Coaches of the Year Presented by the United States Marine Corps on Thursday.

One boys coach and one girls coach from 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, were honored for their successes during the fall of 2021, as selected by a committee of experts from around the nation.

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State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2021 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.

Full lists of winners can be found below.

2021 USTFCCCA High School Boys Cross Country Coaches of the Year

State Name School
Alabama Ann-Marie Cook Bayshore Christian School
Alaska Tara Edwards Grace Christian School
Arizona Brandon Southall Northwest Christian School
Arkansas Dennis Chaney DeQueen High School
California Sean Brosnan Newbury Park High School
Colorado Stan Lambros Cheyenne Mountain High School
Connecticut Bryan Kovalsky Ridgefield High School
Delaware Scott Davis Salesianum School
District of Columbia Desmond Dunham St. John’s College High School
Florida Francisco Ruiz Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
Georgia Mary Souther Decatur High School
Hawaii Aaron Kondo Hawaii Baptist Academy
Idaho Jeff Howard Rocky Mountain High School
Illinois John O’Malley Carl Sandburg High School
Indiana Karl Knerr Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
Iowa Eric Walsh Tipton High School
Kansas Curtis Morgan Buhler High School
Kentucky Ian Johnstone Conner High School
Louisiana Rudy Horvath Jesuit High School
Maine Danielle Johnson Hampden Academy
Maryland Josh Alcombright Severna Park High School
Massachusetts Perry Pappas Wakefield Memorial High School
Michigan Jay Puffpaff St. Louis High School
Minnesota Todd Trutna Big Lake High School
Mississippi Shannon Knott Brookhaven High School
Missouri Jeremy Goddard Kickapoo High School
Montana Anders Brooker Hellgate High School
Nebraska Sam Jilka Lexington High School
Nevada Jim Parker Reno High School
New Hampshire Tom Cassetty Bishop Guertin High School
New Jersey Mike McCabe Union Catholic Regional High School
New Mexico Steven Montoya Los Alamos High School
New York Ray Lawson Corning-Painted Post High School
North Carolina Patrick Cromwell Mount Tabor High School
North Dakota Shane Wahlstrom Williston High School
Ohio Melissa Graham-Perkins Marlington High School
Oklahoma Mikey Eaves Marlow High School
Oregon Chris Johnson Siuslaw High School
Pennsylvania Josh Gavitt Hughesville Jr./Sr. High School
Rhode Island Jim Doyle Bishop Hendricken High School
South Carolina Lee Whitaker Fort Mill High School
South Dakota Tom McGough Miller High School
Tennessee Mike Wood McCallie School
Texas Rick Miller Grapevine High School
Utah Chris Brower Farmington High School
Vermont Michael LeVangie Craftsbury Academy
Virginia Lindy Bain Western Albemarle High School
Washington Matt Rexus Kamiakin High School
West Virginia Ed Frohnapfel University High School
Wisconsin Dominic Newman Shorewood High School
Wyoming John Bernhisel Rocky Mountain Middle / High School

2021 USTFCCCA High School Girls Cross Country Coaches of the Year

State Name School
Alabama Joseph Swagart Bayside Academy
Alaska Tara Edwards Grace Christian School
Arizona Shannon Taylor Coconino High School
Arkansas Brandon Smith Lake Hamilton High School
California Brian Weaver Buchanan High School
Colorado Amy Peters Lake County High School
Connecticut Giles Vaughan New Milford High School
Delaware Marnie Giunta Padua Academy
District of Columbia Desmond Dunham St. John’s College High School
Florida Tony Ryan The Bolles School
Georgia Ryan McClay St. Pius X Catholic High School
Hawaii Shelby Tanaka Hawaii Baptist Academy
Idaho Aaron Olswanger Boise High School
Illinois Lauren DeAngelis York Community High School
Indiana Rick Sluder Columbus North High School
Iowa Sharon Klein Hempstead High School
Kansas Kelsey Carbajo Olathe West High School
Kentucky Barry Haworth Assumption High School
Louisiana Mark LaHaye St. Joseph’s Academy
Maine Mike Burleson Bonny Eagle High School
Maryland Phil Turner McDonogh School
Massachusetts Jaime Murphy Holliston High School
Michigan Daniel Rietberg East Grand Rapids High School
Minnesota Brad Moening Highland Park Senior High School
Mississippi Emory Kirk Corinth High School
Missouri Alicia Gunter West Plains High School
Montana Casey Jermyn Bozeman High School
Nebraska Justin McGill Norris High School
Nevada Jeff Mann Galena High School
New Hampshire Nicholas Piatti Dover High School
New Jersey Mark Jarvis Cherokee High School
New Mexico Kathy Hipwood Los Alamos High School
New York Art Kranick Saratoga Springs High School
North Carolina Kirk Walsh Cuthbertson High School
North Dakota Bill Jansen Rugby High School
Ohio Jessie Magoto Minster High School
Oklahoma Terry Stupp Bishop Kelley High School
Oregon Mark Hulburt Corvallis High School
Pennsylvania John Neff North Allegheny Senior High School
Rhode Island Brian McNeiece North Kingstown High School
South Carolina Dave Lee James Island Charter High School
South Dakota Karen Karim Custer Jr/Sr High School
Tennessee Allen Nichol Central Magnet School
Texas Andrew Cook Flower Mound High School
Utah Danny Yardley Panguitch High School
Vermont John Kerrigan Harwood Union High School
Virginia Mike Nestor Ocean Lakes High School
Washington Jody Anderson Eastlake High School
West Virginia Mike Ryan Morgantown High School
Wisconsin Alexa Richardson Middleton High School
Wyoming Sean Wilde Central High School