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Mike Watt of Colgan named National Coach of the Year

Mike Watt of Colgan has won 16 state baseball titles. (photo: Christy Watt)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Jul 1, 2016

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St. Mary's Colgan head baseball coach, Mike Watt, who has been the head coach at SMC since 1986, has been named the National Coach of the Year by the ABCA for 2016 in the high school division. Watt captured his 16th state title in 2016 as he led the Panthers to their fourth consecutuve state title in Kansas. Watt has state baseball titles in 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015,and 2016. His 16 state titles are the most among any coach in the history of Kansas high school baseball. St. Mary's Colgan has 20 titles as a school with all but four coming under Watt. The following release below was put out by the ABCA.

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The 2016 ABCA/Diamond National Coaches of the Year have been announced in all college and high school divisions. The Regional and National Coaches of the Year will be honored at the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet on Jan. 6, 2017 in Anaheim, California, as part of the 73rd annual ABCA Convention.

NCAA Div. I: Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina (SC)
NCAA Div. II: Greg Brown, Nova Southeastern (FL)
NCAA Div. III: Tim Scannell, Trinity (TX)
NAIA: Jeremiah Robbins, Lewis-Clark State (ID)
NJCAA Div. I: Ryan Cougill, Yavapai (AZ)
NJCAA Div. II: Chris Kirtland, Jones County (MS)
NJCAA Div. III: Doug Wren, Tyler (TX)
Pacific Association Division: Damon Neidlinger, Santa Rosa (CA)
High School Div. I: Tony Perkins, Francis Howell (IA)
High School Div. II: Mike Thibodeaux, Teurlings Catholic (LA)
High School Div. III: Mike Watt, St. Mary's Colgan (KS)

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 8,200 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, the association’s annual awards program has grown to include nine divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA Division I, II, III, Pacific Association Division and High School.

The ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet is set for Jan. 6, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel.

Diamond Sports designs and manufactures high quality baseball and softball products for all levels, while striving to inspire participation in baseball and softball with character, integrity and respect. Diamond Sports is based in Southern California and is proud to be the Official Ball of many great leagues, tournaments and organizations nationwide. You can find Diamond on the web at diamond-sports.com.

See Also: ABCA/Rawlings All-Americans & Gold Glove Teams (all divisions)

 

NCAA Div. I - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

Region

Coach

School

State

Northeast

Mike Gambino

Boston College

MA

East

Mark Scalf

UNC Wilmington

NC

Atlantic

Gary Gilmore

Coastal Carolina

SC

South

Kevin O'Sullivan

Florida

FL

South Central

Greg Goff

Louisiana Tech

LA

Mideast

Greg Lovelady

Wright State

OH

Midwest

Josh Holliday

Oklahoma State

OK

West

Jay Johnson

Arizona

AZ

NCAA Div. I National Coach of the Year: Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina (SC)

 

NCAA Div. II - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

Region

Coach

School

State

Atlantic

Jon Shehan

Millersville

PA

Central

Kyle Crookes

Central Missouri

MO

East

Jayson King

Franklin Pierce

NH

Midwest

Tracy Archuleta

Southern Indiana

IN

South

Greg Brown

Nova Southeastern

FL

South Central

Kevin Brooks

Angelo State

TX

Southeast

Kermit Smith

Lander

SC

West

Randy Betten

Cal Poly Pomona

CA

NCAA Div. II National Coach of the Year: Greg Brown, Nova Southeastern (FL)

 

NCAA Div. III - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

Region

Coach

School

State

New England

Eric Podbelski

Wheaton

MA

New York

Brandon Potter

St. John Fisher

NY

Mid-Atlantic

Jamie Shevchik

Keystone

PA

Mideast

Chase Rowe

La Roche

PA

Midwest

Chris Schwarz

Wisconsin-La Crosse

WI

South

Mike Twardoski

Emory

GA

Central

Bryan Nikkel

Luther

IA

West

Tim Scannell

Trinity

TX

NCAA Div. III National Coach of the Year: Tim Scannell, Trinity (TX)

  

NAIA - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

Round

Coach

School

State

Opening Rd.

Patrick McCarthy

Faulkner

AL

Opening Rd.

Jonathan Burton

Lindsey Wilson

KY

Opening Rd.

Monte Brooks

The Master's

CA

Opening Rd.

Jeremiah Robbins

Lewis-Clark State

ID

Opening Rd.

Jeremy Christian

Point

GA

Opening Rd.

Marty Lovrich

Auburn Montgomery

AL

Opening Rd.

Adrian Dinkel

Sterling

KS

Opening Rd.

Mike Ross

Science & Arts

OK

Opening Rd.

Duane Monlux

Bellevue

NE

Opening Rd.

Travis Watson

Tennessee Wesleyan

TN

NAIA National Coach of the Year: Jeremiah Robbins, Lewis-Clark State (ID)

 

NJCAA Div. I - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

District

Coach

School

State

Central

Dave Burroughs

Cowley County

KS

East Central

Robert White

Dyersburg State

TN

Eastern

Tom Eller

Harford

MD

Gulf

Johnny Wiggs

Santa Fe

FL

Northern

Marc Rardin

Iowa Western

IA

South Central

Joe Scheuermann

Delgado

LA

Southeastern

Adam Thomas

Chattahoochee Valley

AL

Southern

Tom Arrington

San Jacinto-North

TX

Southwest

David White

Cisco

TX

Western

Ryan Cougill

Yavapai

AZ

NJCAA Div. I National Coach of the Year: Ryan Cougill, Yavapai (AZ)

  

NJCAA Div. II - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

District

Coach

School

State

East

David Brust

Monroe

NY

Midwest

Dave Garcia

Parkland

IL

North

Steve Dintaman

Sinclair

OH

North Central

Jared Wacker

McHenry County

IL

North Plains

Travis Hergert

North Iowa Area

IA

Northeast

Kevin Kerins

Mercer County

NJ

Plains

Kurt Russell

Western Oklahoma State

OK

South

Chris Kirtland

Jones County

MS

Southeast

Robbie Allen

Brunswick

NC

Southwest

Rob Shabansky

GateWay

AZ

NJCAA Div. II National Coach of the Year: Chris Kirtland, Jones County (MS)

  

NJCAA Div. III - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

District

Coach

School

State

A

Matt Clingersmith

Niagara County

NY

B

Brad Unger

Waubonsee

IL

C

Doug Wren

Tyler

TX

D

Dan Rascher

Montgomery

MD

E

Dwight Kotila

Century

MN

F

Eric Brown

Suffolk County

NY

G

Rob Valli

Rowan Gloucester

NJ

H

Jeff Mejia

Northern Essex

MA

NJCAA Div. III National Coach of the Year: Doug Wren, Tyler (TX)

  

Pacific Association Division - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

Region

Coach

School

State

No. California

Damon Neidlinger

Santa Rosa

CA

So. California

Bert Villarreal

Golden West

CA

Northwest

Kyle Krustangel

Yakima Valley

WA

Pacific Association Division Coach of the Year: Damon Neidlinger, Santa Rosa (CA)

  

High School Div. I - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

Region

Coach

School

State

1

Greg Christodulu

Shenendehowa

NY

2

Ken King

Chesapeake

MD

3

Shane Amos

Walton

GA

4

Tim Thomas

Pickerington North

OH

5

Tony Perkins

Francis Howell

MO

6

Kirk Bock

Bryant

AR

7

Allan Dyer

Cherokee Trail

CO

8

Tom Donald

Buchanan

CA

High School Div. I National Coach of the Year: Tony Perkins, Francis Howell (MO)

  

High School Div. II - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

Region

Coach

School

State

1

Ed Holloway

Bishop Hendricken

RI

2

Dave Warrenfeltz

Williamsport

MD

3

Russell Wrenn

Westminster School

GA

4

Tom Held

Defiance

OH

5

Bret Hoyer

John F. Kennedy

IO

6

Mike Thibodeaux

Teurlings Catholic

LA

7

Jarod Ingersoll

American Fork

UT

8

Bryn Wade

Murrieta Mesa

CA

High School Div. II Coach of the Year: Mike Thibodeaux, Teurlings Catholic (LA)

  

High School Div. III - 2016 ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year

Region

Coach

School

State

1

Jason Gappa

The Berkshire School

MA

2

John Sheppard

Morristown-Beard

NJ

3

Chris Heaps

Russellville

AL

4

Tim Bordenet

Lafayette Central Catholic

IN

5

Mike Watt

St. Mary's Colgan

KS

6

Kory Williams

Piedmont

OK

7

Derek Bingham

Lake Washington

WA

8

Alex Gutierrez

Firebaugh

CA

High School Div. III National Coach of the Year: Mike Watt, St. Mary's Colgan (KS)