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01/14/15 – First Basketball Statistical Leader Reports Released; NFHS Names Mueller, Bender National Coaches of the Year

January 14, 2015 2014-2015 News Releases



First Weekly Basketball Statistical Leader Reports Now Available

The initial weekly statistical leader reports for boys’ and girls’ basketball have been posted to Statistics are compiled weekly throughout the regular season and will be posted to the KHSAA website every Wednesday.

As a reminder, member schools are solely responsible for submitting statistical information. If a school or individual is omitted, or information is not updated, that means the team in question did not update its statistics through the KHSAA’s online system prior to the deadline.

Beginning with 2014-2015, as contained in Bylaw 27, the requirements to enter and maintain rosters, schedules and statistics will be enforced more rigorously by the KHSAA. This enforcement will subject the member schools to penalties by the Commissioner, including fines and other actions, within the constraints of Bylaw 27.

The statistical leader reports can be found through the links below:

Boys’ Basketball

Girls’ Basketball

NFHS Names Highlands’ Mueller, Sacred Heart’s Bender National Coaches of the Year for 2013-14

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) today announced its National Coaches of the Year for the 2013-14 season, bestowing the honor upon former Highlands’ head football coach Dale Mueller and Sacred Heart’s head girls’ golf coach Leslie Bender. Mueller and Bender were among 21 coaches across the nation to receive the honor from the NFHS Coaches Association.

The NFHS has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982 and honors coaches in the top-10 girls and top-10 boys sports (by participation numbers), as well as one additional sport not included in the top-10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a Spirit coach as a separate award category.

Bender led Sacred Heart to its third-consecutive girls’ golf state title in 2013, finishing with a two-day total of 615 (307-308) to earn a five-stroke victory over runner-up Caldwell County. Mueller guided Highlands to a state runner-up finish in the 2013 Class 4A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, falling 37-34 to Collins. He retired at season’s end with a 250-36 overall record and a state-record 14 state titles as head coach of the Bluebirds.

The National Coach of the Year winners are chosen by the NFHS Coaches Association advisory committee, which is composed of a chair and eight sectional representatives. The sectional committee representatives evaluate coach of the year award recipients at the state level from the states in their respective sections and select the best candidates for the sectional coach of the year 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 533 coaches will be recognized by the NFHS this year with state, sectional and national awards.


About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs.


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