USA TODAY High School Sports gave fans the opportunity to decide which coach (among the national coach of the year winners) should be named the ultimate Coach of the Year, and the results are in. Congratulations to:
- Bryan Westfield, Girls Track and Field, Pioneer HS (Ann Arbor, MI) – 40,205 votes
- Bill Schafhauser, Girls Hockey, Hill-Murray School (Maplewood, MN) -22,946 votes
- Claude Toukene, Boys Track and Field, Western Branch HS (Chesapeake, VA) – 22,265 votes
Bryan Westfield, our ALL-USA Track and Field Coach of the Year who passed away early in July, won the award with ease, pulling in 40,205 out of 108,292 total votes. Pioneer’s athletic department will receive $1,000 as an award.
“(This contest) speaks to the career of a great man. I don’t think we’ll see anything like it again. He changed the lives of hundreds of people,” said Pioneer’s Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Eve Claar.”
“To say he went the extra mile with his students is an understatement. He was there for kids on the track as their coach, but he was so far beyond that. He was talking to their parents, their teachers, he took kids into his home, he drove kids home…not only did he coach, he almost adopted these kids and was a role model, and for a lot of them, a fatherly role model. He did that for so many kids who, without him, would never have had that.”
The race for second and third place was much closer. ALL-USA Girls Hockey Coach of the Year Bill Schafhauser, who led his Hill-Murray School’s girls hockey team to their second consecutive Class 2A state title, came in second, winning $500 for Hill-Murray’s athletic department.
A close third, Claude Toukene, our ALL-USA Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year, came up just short, but will earn $250 for Western Branch’s athletic department.
A total of 24 coaches were selected to participate, selected from coach of the year honorees as part of the American Family Insurance ALL-USA program and honorees from other organizations such as the National High School Coaches Association and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
We’d like to thank everyone who showed their support and voted in the contest, and congratulations again to our winners!