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January 8, 2013NFHS Honors Three Kansas Coaches
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association selected three coaches from Kansas as National Coaches of the Year in their respective sports. Terry Hair, girl's soccer, of Olathe East HS, and Bruce Bove, swimming and diving, of Shawnee Mission South were selected as 2012 National Coaches of the Year. Baldwin High School's Ginny Honomichl was selected as the recipient of the National Coach Contributor Award, an award presented annually to one individual throughout the nation.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association is honored to have nominated these three exceptional individuals for their leadership of student-athletes on a daily basis.
The NFHS, which has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982, honors coaches in the top 10 girls sports and top 10 boys sports (by participation numbers), and in one "other" category that is not included in these 20 categories. For 2012 awards, the NFHS has added Spirit as a separate award category as well. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year in which they receive their award. This year's awards recognize coaches for the 2011-12 school year. Twenty-two coaches including Hair and Bove were selected this year.
Coach Bove has instructed swimming and diving for 37 years with a career record of 206-125-2 including four state championships. The 2012 season brought Bove a number of accolades including Kansas Swimming Coaches Association 6A Boys Swimming Coach of the Year and Kansas Coaches Association Boys Swimming Coach of the Year-All Classes. Bove was one of five nationally selected for the 2012-13 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Service Award. Shawnee Mission-East took home both boy's and girl's state titles in 2011-12.
With 20 years of coaching experience and a career record of 288-72-15, Coach Terry Hair receivers his first selection to the NFHS Coach of the Year. In the last five years, Hair boasts a 90-7 record and has claimed two state championships. Hair has also been named Sunflower League Soccer Coach of the Year 12 times. Coach Hair's 2012 team won the 6A State Championship.
Honomichl claims this year's National Coach Contributor Award, which is given to an individual who has gone above and beyond and who exemplifies the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character, and who carries the endorsement of his or her respective state high school association. As a coach and active member of the Kansas Coaches Association (KCA), Honomichl worked throughout her professional career for the betterment of all high school sports. As a young coach she was a true pioneer in Kansas high school girls' sports. At Russell High School (1970-1986) she started the girl's track and basketball programs, and also coached girls tennis. During a 22 year career at Baldwin High School she coached boys & girls tennis and softball. Throughout her coaching career Honomichl went the extra mile to improve herself, and to promote overall achievement in education and athletics. She was instrumental in many improvements in all sports through her involvement in various committees, board positions and offices in the KSHSAA and the Kansas Coaches Association. Honomichl was inducted to the KSHSAA Hall of Fame in 2012.
The NFHS has a contact person in each state who is responsible for selecting deserving coach award recipients. This contact person often works with the state coaches' association in their respective states. He or she contacts the potential state award recipients to complete a coach profile form that requests information regarding the coach's record, membership in and affiliation with coaching and other professional organizations, involvement with other school and community activities and programs, and coaching philosophy. To be approved as an award recipient and considered for sectional and national coach of the year consideration, this profile form must be completed by the coach or designee and then approved by the executive director (or designee) of the state athletic/activities association.
The next award level after state coach of the year is sectional coach of the year. The NFHS is divided into eight geographical sections. They are as follows: Section 1 - Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT); Section 2 - Mideast (DE, DC, KY, MD, OH, PA, VA, WV); Section 3 - South (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN); Section 4 - Central (IL, IN, IA, MI, WI); Section 5 - Midwest (KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD); Section 6 - Southwest (AR, CO, NM, OK, TX); Section 7 - West (AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT); and Section 8 - Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY).
The NFHS Coaches Association has an advisory committee composed of a chair and eight sectional representatives. The sectional representatives evaluate the state award recipients from the states in their respective sections and select the best candidates for the sectional award in each sport category. The NFHS Coaches Association Advisory Committee then considers the sectional candidates in each sport, ranks them according to a point system and determines a national winner for each of the 20 sport categories, the spirit category and one "other" category.
A total of 455 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards.