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2019 High School and College Coaches of the Year
June Villers - DeSoto - DeSoto totaled 121 points, 73 more than the runner-up. DeSoto earned points in 10 events, including breaking its own 4x100 national record, lowering the time to 44.24.
Lloyd Banks - Fort Bend Marshall - 4th title in five years, Buffaloes scored 86 points, 30 more than runner-up. Scored points in six categories, including Class 5A record in 4x200 (1:23.38.)
Pat Henry, Texas A&M - Led A&M Women to 4th-place finish, including a school-record (and world-leading) 4x400 3:25.57
Wes Kittley of Texas Tech - Led team to school's first-ever Men's National Championship in any sport
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2018 High School and College Coaches of the Year
Refugio - program's 1st title since 1992; scored in 7 events for 62 points
The Woodlands - Back-to-Back 6A titles, relying on points from 8 events, incl. national record 4x200
Guided Texas A&M-Kingsville to Men's DII National Championship
Head Coach UTA where Alexus Henry enjoyed a phenomenal season, including an individual NCAA Outdoor National Championship
2017 High School and College Coaches of the Year
A DeSoto High School graduate, Villers has now guided the DeSoto girls to their fifth state title in her 10 years at the helm. With no individual state titles in 2017, the DeSoto girls captured both the 4x200 (1:34.87; #2 in the nation) and 4x400 (3:37.85; #1 in the nation.) Unofficially, DeSoto's 4x200 ranks #3 all-time in Texas while its 4x400 ranks #1 all-time in the state of Texas.
Green guided The Woodlands' Boys to its second team title in school history. The Woodlands earned medals in the 100, long jump, shot put, discus, and set a 6A state-record in the 4x200 with a time of 1:23.81, good for 4th-best all-time in the state of Texas.
Coming off of the program's first NCAA Division II National Championship, West Texas A&M's Darren Flowers was tabbed the 2017 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Women's Outdoor Track & Field National Coach of the Year. West Texas A&M won national championships in the 4x100 relay, the long jump, the triple jump, and the discus throw. During the regular season, five different Lady Buffs owned nine top-5 marks on the Descending Order List. Over his tenure at West Texas A&M, he earned 12 Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year awards to accompany the multiple conference titles won by both the Men's and Women's teams.
Just two points from capturing another Men's Outdoor Championship, Coach Henry has enjoyed unparalleled success at the helm of the Aggies. Coach Henry has won 27 national titles and 19 SEC titles, has earned 15 SEC Coach of the Year awards and five National Coach of the Year honors. A recent inductee into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, his teams won both the Men's and Women's national titles in both 1989 and 1990.
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2016 High School and College Coaches of the Year
Coach Richard’s McKinney North Girl’s squad captured the 5A title with 74 points, 28 points ahead of 2nd-place Arlington Seguin, the 2015 state champs. The McKinney North girls, comprised of 4 juniors, 2 sophomores and 1 freshman, captured gold in the 200 (Jania Martin), the 4x100 and the 4x400. Julia Madubuike also took second in the 100, and the girls captured 2nd in the 4x200.
DeSoto scored 54 points at the UIL State Meet to capture the 6A Boy’s title and prove MileSplitTX correct in its powers of fortune telling. A 4-part video series exploring the saga of the DeSoto athletes throughout the season proved prescient as the Eagles captured 1st in the high jump (CJ Gilmore), 1st in the 4x100, 2nd in the 4x400, and 4th in the 4x200 to win the 6A Boy’s title with 54 points.
Behind record-setting Courtney Okolo (400 meters), the consistency of senior Morolake Akinosun and an NCAA-champion 4x400 squad, the University of Texas Women’s squad finished 4th at the NCAAs.
“A decade of dominance was achieved at the NJCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday as South Plains (Texas) laid claim to its 10th consecutive men’s national championship. The Texans now own the longest streak of consecutive national titles in NJCAA track and field, eclipsing the previous mark of nine set by Blinn (Texas) from 1987-95.” – from the NJCAA website
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2015 High School and College Coaches of the Year
Guided Converse Judson to its 2nd straight state championship. Judson finished with 60 points, 12 more than runner-up DeSoto, who had won 3 consecutive 5A state titles prior to Converse Judson’s team victory last year.
Fort bend Marshall Boys won the 5A boys state championship scoring 90 points, the most in UIL history. Among Fort Bend Marshall's accomplishments this season are numerous state and nationally ranked times, including Kendall Sheffield and Amere Lattin in the 110s, all 3 relays placing in the Top 10 in Texas, and top performances in the 300H and 200.
In just his second year at the helm of the Lions program, A&M-Commerce Men became the first school in LSC history to pull off the sweep of both the indoor and outdoor titles. For the last eight consecutive weeks of the outdoor season, A&M-Commerce dominated the regional index, holding the number one spot continuously for the entire span. In that same period, the Lions maintained a position within the top-ten of the national rankings which they never relinquished. The men sent 18 to the DII National Championships.
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2014 High School and College Coaches of the Year
Cypress Springs' girls won the 17-5A District, Area and Regional titles and finished as Runners-Up at the UIL State Meet, the only girl’s athletic program in CFISD to win a state trophy.
Texas High School boys’ team captured the 4A state title. His 4x1 finished the regular season with the nation’s best 4x1 time of 40.41, and the 4x2’s time of 1:24.26 not only set the UIL class 4A record, but it also ranks second in the state of Texas.
In 10 seasons at Texas A&M, the 2014 Women’s title is the 8th NCAA Outdoor title. In total, Coach Henry has now won 35 national titles (indoor and outdoor) at the D-1 level, more than any other head track coach. Texas A&M totaled 75 points, 9 more than in-state rival Texas, 16 more than powerhouse Oregon and 20 more than perennial contender Florida. From 2007-11, Henry was named Big 12 Coach of the Year. In 2014, he was also named the USTFCCCA Coach of the Year.
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2013 High School Coaches of the Year
Villers’ DeSoto machine keeps rolling along, this year capturing the 5A state title by 35 points and posting 10 DyeStat US Top 100 Elite Performances – 100, 200, 100H, 4x1, 4x2, 4x4, HJ, LJ, TJ, and SP.
Ervin’s Summer Creek boys delivered Humble ISD’s first state title in any sport, and they did so in true team fashion. Summer Creek posted 8 DyeStat US Top 100 Elite Performances – 100, 200, 4x1, 4x4, LJ, and HJ, while staying competitive in the 1600, Discus and Shot.
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2012 High School Coaches of the Year
The TTFCA Girls Coach of the Year is June Villers from DeSoto, her second time receiving this honor. Villers led DeSoto to the Texas 5A Girls' Track and Field State Championship in 2007, 2011, and 2012; DeSoto was a State Runner-up in 2008 and 2010. DeSoto has been Regional Champions 6 of the last 7 years and District Champions the last 9 years. In 2012, she produced state medalists and nationally ranked athletes in the 4x400, long jump, triple jump, discus, shot put, 4x100, 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and 400m. As a DeSoto graduate, she finds great joy in helping to develop young athletes into "No Mercy" competitors and producing an ALL-EVENT TEAM.
The TTFCA Boys Coach of the Year is Mark Brady, also from DeSoto. With a 4-point margin of victory over Garland (50-46), Brady’s DeSoto boys added to the powerhouse reputation of the program. At the state meet, his athletes captured 3rd in the 100, 3rd in the 800, 5th in the 110 hurdles, 1st in the 4x1, 2nd in the 4x2, 6th in the 4x4, and 4th in the triple jump. Brady’s 4x1 squad, with a time of 40.09, led the nation last year, as did the DeSoto 4x2 squad, at 1:24.04.
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2011 High School Coaches of the Year
Villers’ DeSoto squad ranks fourth nationally with Boyd Anderson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida according to DyeStat’s Fab 50 rankings of high school track teams. At the UIL state meet, DeSoto athletes finished first in the long jump and 4x4, third in the 400, fourth in the 300H and 4x1, sixth in the 400 and 4x2, and 8th in the 100H.
Williams’ Lancaster mini-dynasty keeps rolling; at the UIL state meet, his athletes captured first in the long jump, triple jump and 4x4, second in the 300H, and fifth in the 400 and 4x1. According to DyeStat’s Fab 50 rankings, Lancaster stands at 12th nationally.
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2010 High School Coaches of the Year
Barry Briner guided Galena Park North Shore to a 5A state record 88 points.
Houston Westbury's Sherita Jackson, the Girls Coach of the Year.
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2009 High School Coaches of the Year
(Mansfield Timberview) 2009 TTFCA Girls Coach of the Year. Baer, a TCU graduate, took over Timberview’s girl’s program 5 years ago when the school opened. The Timberview girls broke a 7-year Lancaster reign.
(Rowlett) 2009 TTFCA Boys Coach of the Year. Nanez guided Rowlett’s boy’s track & field team to back-to-back UIL 5A state titles, the first state titles of any kind in the school’s history.