2017 Sports in Kansas Coach of the Year Honors
All-Classes: Brad Herlocker, Girard
6A: Scott Mall, Manhattan
5A: Rick Hetzel, Aquinas
4A-I: Terry English, Miege
4A-II: Brad Herlocker, Girard
3A: Andy Gillen, Hugoton
2A: Pat Stiles, Central Plains
1A-I: Christopher Beikmann, Hanover
1A-II: Ty Piper, Waverly
All-Classes Coach of the Year
Brad Herlocker, Girard
Herlocker went 24-1 and captured the first state title in school history, in any sport, boys or girls, for the Trojans in 2016-2017. The only loss came to 6A Washburn Rural in a late addition the 2017 schedule to add a game. The Lady Trojans won the 2017 4A-II state title with a 54-48 victory over Jefferson West. It was Herlocker’s third consecutive trip to the 4A-II state tournament, finishing fourth last season. He took a group as freshman that won just seven games, to winning a state title. Girard has three final four appearances as a school and all are under Herlocker (2010 – 4A, 2016 & 2017 – 4A-II).
6A Coach of the Year
Scott Mall, Manhattan
Mall led Manhattan to its first ever state title in girls basketball as they captured the 6A state title over Derby, 44-42. The Lady Indians finished with a 24-1 record in 2016-2017. Manhattan hadn’t been to a state title game since they took second back in 1991 and Mall led them to just their fourth ever final four appearance at state.
5A Coach of the Year
Rick Hetzel, Aquinas
Hetzel captured his second straight 5A state title with the Saints this season, the only time of his six state titles that he has repeated. Hetzel led Aquinas to the 5A title with a 47-35 victory over Maize. Hetzel’s six state titles are the second most all-time in Kansas history, behind Terry English of Miege (20). Aquinas 23 consecutive trips to the state tournament in both 5A & 6A are an all-time Kansas record.
4A-I Coach of the Year
Terry English, Miege
No stranger to any awards and titles is this man. English captured his state record 20th state championship this season, second is Rick Hetzel (5A coach of the year) at six. Miege won its fourth consecutive 4A-I state title in its fourth year of existence of a classification. Miege beat McPherson 66-59 in this year’s 4A-I title game.
4A-II Coach of the Year
Brad Herlocker, Girard
Herlocker went 24-1 and captured the first state title in school history, in any sport, boys or girls, for the Trojans in 2016-2017. The only loss came to 6A Washburn Rural in a late addition the 2017 schedule to add a game. The Lady Trojans won the 2017 4A-II state title with a 54-48 victory over Jefferson West. It was Herlocker’s third consecutive trip to the 4A-II state tournament, finishing fourth last season. Girard has three final four appearances as a school and all are under Herlocker (2010 – 4A, 2016 & 2017 – 4A-II).
3A Coach of the Year
Andy Gillen, Hugoton
Gillen captured his second state title in three years with the Eagles. Hugoton won the 4A-II state title in 2015, took third in 4A-II last season, before getting this years title in 3A. This season the Eagles went 26-0 and were one of the most balanced teams in Kansas with over four players in double-figures.
2A Coach of the Year
Pat Stiles, Central Plains
He will always be known as Jackie Stiles dad, but now Pat Stiles has made a name for himself as one of the best high school basketball coaches in Kansas history capturing four consecutive state titles. His senior group only lost one game in their entire career. With all-state freshman Emily Ryan returning again for the next three seasons, don’t expect this to be his last title.
1A-I Coach of the Year
Christopher Beikmann, Hanover
Hanover had never won a basketball game at the state tournament prior to 2017 and that all changed as they won the 1A-I state title in 2017 on a last second three pointer Olpe, 50-47. It was a first for everything for Hanover this year and Beikmann as a first-year head coach. Beikmann’s Hanover squad finished with a 24-2 record as the 1A-I state champion.
1A-II Coach of the Year
Ty Piper, Waverly
Waverly captured its first ever state title in girls basketball with a 54-49 victory over Wheatland. Piper led the Lady Bulldogs to a 25-1 record in 2016-2017. Waverly took second in 2016 in 1A-I.
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