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02/14/18 – NFHS Announces KHSAA Coach of the Year Honorees for 2016-17

February 14, 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2018

As part of its annual recognition program, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association recently announced its award winners for the 2016-17 seasons. Twenty-five coaches from Kentucky were honored as Coaches of the Year for their respective sports at the state level, while Johnson Central head football coach James Matney was named the NFHS Sectional Coach of the Year.

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 two “other” sports – one for boys and one for girls – that are not included in the top 10 listings. The NFHS also recognizes a spirit coach as a separate award category. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year for which they receive their award.

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 committee 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 two “other” categories.

A total of 667 coaches will be recognized this year with state, sectional and national awards. A complete list of honorees from Kentucky is available below:


NFHS Sectional Coach of the Year  
Football James Matney Johnson Central
NFHS Kentucky Coaches of the Year  
Archery Jesse Peters Lafayette 
Baseball Bill Miller Pleasure Ridge Park 
Basketball – Boys Tim Sullivan Cooper 
Basketball – Girls Chris Souder Mercer County
Bass Fishing Duane Cress Madison Southern 
Bowling – Boys Zach Cooley Boyle County
Bowling – Girls Jeff Crady Central Hardin
Cross Country – Boys Chuck Medley St. Xavier 
Cross Country – Girls Lowery Stallings Christian Academy-Lou.
Field Hockey Stanley Phulpagar Christian Academy-Lou.
Football James Matney Johnson Central
Golf – Boys Michael Brumfield Trinity 
Golf – Girls Thomas Brummett Scott County 
Soccer – Boys Doug Sandifer Daviess County 
Soccer – Girls Kevin Wright West Jessamine 
Softball Derek Calhoun East Carter 
Spirit Kandice Branham Pikeville 
Swimming & Diving – Boys Dave Little Lexington Catholic 
Swimming & Diving – Girls Courtney Sorrell Notre Dame
Tennis – Boys Eddie Sizemore Ashland Blazer
Tennis – Girls Larra Ferguson Russell 
Track & Field – Boys James Bleecker Fort Knox 
Track & Field – Girls Leland Warsaw John Hardin 
Volleyball Brett Versen Sacred Heart
Wrestling Jim Kraeszig St. Xavier 



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 279 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 44 state championships in 13 sports and 5 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.