Nebraska Prep Coaches Named National Finalists

Nebraska Coaches Association|Jan. 15, 2018

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) and the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) announced the advancement of 12 coaches and an athletic director as finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year. The nominations were based on each coach’s career accomplishments through the 2016-17 athletic seasons.  Two former Nebraska prep coaches will be honored by being inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame as well.

Greg Warneke Boys’ Assistant   Pierce
Margo LaBrie Girls’ Assistant   Hampton
Bill Fitzgerald Athletic Director   Fremont
Bob Greco Baseball   Omaha Westside
Russ Ninemire Girls’ Basketball   Sandy Creek
Jim Barker Boys’Cross Country   Scottsbluff
Mimi Ramsbottom Golf   Elkhorn South
Jeff Hoham Soccer   Lincoln East
Steve Kerkman Softball   Millard South
Steve Bischof Tennis   Elkhorn South
Don Perry Boys’ Track & Field   York
Mindy Reed Girls’ Track & Field   Millard North
Diane Rouzee Volleyball   Northwest

Eight finalists from across the nation, in nineteen recognized sports categories will be honored during the National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the NHSACA’s national convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on the evening of June 27, 2018. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories.

All Nebraska coaches were nominated for this national honor by the Nebraska Coaches Association.  The selection is based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.

NATIONAL HALL OF FAME: Coaches Dan Moore of Ansley and the late Swede Hawkins of Oakland-Craig will be inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame at the same NHSACA Convention.  Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place on June 26

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