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).