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Sports in KS: 2017 Boys Basketball Coaches of the Year

Chad Novack led Holcomb to its second state title in three years.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Mar 19, 2017

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2017 Sports in Kansas Coach of the Year Honors

All Classes: Steve Wallace, Shawnee Heights

6A: Ed Fritz, BV Northwest

5A: Steve Wallace, Shawnee Heights

4A-I: Rick Zych, Bishop Miege

4A-II: Chad Novack, Holcomb

3A: Scott Brown, Marysville

2A: Ashley Battles, Bishop Seabury

1A-I: Creighton Winters, Burlingame

1A-II: Larry O’Connor, Sharon Springs-Wallace Co.

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All-Classes Coach of the Year

Steve Wallace, Shawnee Heights

Wallace led Shawnee Heights to its first state title in 15 years in just his second year as the head coach of the Thunderbirds. Heights caught fire in 2017 as they won 17 of their last 18 games and captured the 5A state title with a 66-49 over KC Schlagle.

6A Coach of the Year

Ed Fritz, Blue Valley Northwest (22-3)

After leading Northwest to titles in 2013 and 2014, Northwest had dropped off a little in 2015, but are right back to where they were winning the 2017 6A state title over Lawrence, 64-51. It was Fritz third state title in his coaching career for the Huskies, making all three titles the school has belonging to him.

5A Coach of the Year

Steve Wallace, Shawnee Heights (22-3)

Wallace led Shawnee Heights to its first state title in 15 years in just his second year as the head coach of the Thunderbirds. Heights caught fire in 2017 as they won 17 of their last 18 games and captured the 5A state title with a 66-49 over KC Schlagle.

4A-I Coach of the Year

Rick Zych, Bishop Miege (22-3)

Zych led Miege to its second consecutive state title in 4A-I with a 67-53 victory over McPherson in the 2017 title game. It was the fourth state title for Miege, all coming under Zych (2001, 2010, 2016, 2017).

4A-II Coach of the Year

Chad Novack, Holcomb (24-1)

Novack won his second state title in three years with the Longhorns as they beat Pratt 60-45 in the 2017 4A-II state title game. Holcomb’s most impressive victory was their 73-69 OT victory over Topeka Hayden in the 4A-II semis. Holcomb finished the season with a 24-1 record. 

3A Coach of the Year

Scott Brown, Marysville (22-4)

Brown led Marysville to its first state title in 14 years with their 45-37 victory over Cheney in the 3A state championship in Hutchinson. Marysville dominated in the opening round with a 62-44 victory over Silver Lake and in the semis with a 34 point victory over Belle Plaine.

2A Coach of the Year

Ashley Battles, Bishop Seabury  (20-5)

In just the schools third appearance in the state tournament, the Seahawks had the best finish in school history as they took third place in 2A with a 68-56 victory over Hoxie. Seabury nearly made it to the title game as they lost in one of the greatest games in state tournament history, a six overtime game to St. John, where they fell on a last second three and lost 52-51.

1A-I Coach of the Year

Creighton Winters, Burlingame (23-3)

Winters helped Burlingame to a third place finish in 1A-I by defeating St. Francis (59-56) in double overtime. Burlingame nearly reached the title game as they fell short 58-56 to South Gray in the semifinals. Winters took Burlingame to their first ever Final Four appearance and it was also the first appearance in a state tournament since 1995. Burlingame has now been to three state tourneys in school history.

1A-II Coach of the Year

Larry O’Connor, Sharon Springs Wallace County

O’Connor, who was the Sports in Kansas 1A-II coach of the year back in 2015 after leading the Wildcats to its first ever state title, led Wallace County to another 1A-II state title in 2017 with a 69-54 victory over Hartford. The Wildcats finished with a 20-6 record and were the fifth seed entering the state tournament. O’Connor also led Wallace County to a state runner-up finish in 2014.