Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year
School: Phoenix Desert Vista
Recap: The Thunder overcame the loss of senior co-captain Matt Anciaux (health issues) to overwhelm the field at the state championships, winning by 81 points. Senior D.J. Harris took the individual title to pace five Desert Vista runners in the top 15. It was Desert Vista’s seventh big-school state championship since 2002. Hanson has been the head coach for all of those titles.
Coach Hanson’s comments: “This is, once again, the best team I have ever coached, thus the results didn’t surprise us. Hard work, talent, and focus have been a staple all season long and allowed us to be competitive. Some aren’t aware that this team ran the second-fastest team time in Arizona history for the state meet.”