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Sports in KS: 2015 Girls Basketball Coaches of the Year

Shelly Hoyt has led Hoxie to a state record 95 straight victories. (Hoxie Schools)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Mar 24, 2015

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2015 Sports in Kansas (Kansas-Sports.com) Coaches of the Year

All-Classes: Shelly Hoyt, Hoxie

6A: Antwain Scales, Wichita South

5A: Rick Rhoades, Blue Valley Southwest

4A-I: Terry English, Miege

4A-II: Andy Gillen, Hugoton

3A: Matt Richardson, Hesston

2A: Pat Stiles, Central Plains

1A-I: Shelly Hoyt, Hoxie

1A-II: Keith Kresin, St. Johns-Tipton


Coach of the Year Capsules

All-Classes Coach of the Year

Shelly Hoyt, Hoxie (1A-I State Champs)

Hoyt is without a doubt the coach of the year in Kansas this season as she has led her team to a state record 95 consecutive victories over the past four seasons. Hoxie also has four state titles in a row. Her last loss was in December of 2011. Hoxie now has five state basketball titles as a school with Hoyt having four of those.

6A Coach of the Year

Antwain Scales, Wichita South

Scales has led his Titan squad to three consecutive in 6A. With a few of his star players back next year don’t be surprised that he could capture his sixth. Scales has three of the five state titles South has as a school for girls basketball.

5A Coach of the Year

Rick Rhoades, Blue Valley Southwest

Rhoades led the Timberwolves to their first ever state tournament appearance. Not only that he led them into the state championship game as Southwest took second in 5A this season. The Timberwolves could make some more noise next season as they return all-state selection, Rilynne Like.

4A-I Coach of the Year

Terry English, Miege

Coaching legend Terry English captured his 18th girls state basketball title at Miege this season with a 70-39 victory over Paola in the 4A-I title game. The lady Stags finished a perfect 25-0 in 2014-2015.  English, now in his 38th year, has won 12 more titles than any other coach in Kansas girls basketball history. If Miege stays in 4A-I, which just completed its second year as a classification, it may be a while before someone else can call themselves the 4A-I champion.

4A-II Coach of the Year

Andy Gillen, Hugoton

Hugoton captured their first ever state basketball title and the second 4A-II basketball title in the history of the classification since it began last year. Gillen led his squad to a 22-2 record this season and captured the 4A-II title over Baldwin (68-54).

3A Coach of the Year

Matt Richardson, Hesston

Richardson has led Hesston to back-to-back state titles in 3A with his daughters Cami and Caylee. The Swathers have won 41 consecutive games which has been overshadowed this season by Hoxie’s state record win streak of 95.

2A Coach of the Year

Pat Stiles, Central Plains

Stiles led Claflin to its second consecutive state girls basketball title. Central Plains now has two state girls basketball titles, matching Claflin’s two (2005, 2006), who consolidated with Quivira Heights, to form Central Plains. If the name Stiles sounds familiar, that’s because he is the father of arguably the greatest basketball player ever from the state of Kansas, Jackie Stiles.  

1A-I Coach of the Year

Shelly Hoyt, Hoxie

See above capsule

1A-II Coach of the Year

Keith Kresin, St. Johns-Tipton

In just the third state appearance as a co-op of St. Johns-Beloit and Tipton Catholic the Blujays came home with their first ever state title, led by head coach Keith Kresin. Kresin, who also serves as the football coach, led the Blujays to a 23-2 record in 2014-2015. They captured the 1A-II crown over Moscow (45-35).