Ten High School Programs Named 2022 NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky. –Ten high school programs have been selected by their peers as NFCA’s 2022 Regional Coaches of the Year, the Association announced Thursday afternoon.

Representing each of the 10 NFCA high school regions, these respective coaching teams – Lincoln Southwest High School (Neb.), Piedmont High School (Okla.), Logan High School (Utah), Sabino High School (Arizona), Allen Park High School (Mich.), Lake Creek High School (Texas), West Stanly High School (NC), Lima Senior High School (Ohio), Donovan Catholic High School (NJ) and Southington High School (Conn.) – are now eligible for the NFCA High School National Coaching Staff of the Year award, to be announced August 22.

To be eligible, the head coach of the program must be a member and appointed. The winners were elected by the member head coaches in each of their respective regions.

Regional winners

Region I – Lincoln Southwest (Neb.)

The Head Coach: Marc Watt
Assistant coaches: Lis Brenden, Mitch Ohnoutka, Adam Monk, Rick Dunavin, Samantha Dunavin

Nebraska Class A State Champions … Recorded a 40-6 mark, tying the win total for a Nebraska State Champion … Won district title for 13e times in 14 seasons … Won three in-season tournament titles, including a win over Missouri State champion Lee’s Summit West … Finished No. 15 in Fall High School‘s Top 25 Coaches poll the NFCA.

Region II – Piedmont (Okla.)

The Head Coach: Keith Coleman
Assistant coaches: Coleman Hughes, Lisa Moss, Todd Brown, Tanya Caraballo, Anthony Moss, Taylor Pence

Won Oklahoma’s 5A state championship, his second in the last three years…Posted a 35-7 record, while winning 5A regional and 5A-2 district titles…Won two tournaments in in-season (Shawnee Invitational & Veteran Bat Invitational) … Regularly ranked in NFCA Fall High School Coaches Poll, finished 2021 at No. 12.

Region III – Logan, Utah

The Head Coach: Lexi Hatch
Assistant coaches: Bailee Tibbitts, Child Makayla, Taylor Lott

With the addition of 11 new players, who have never played softball, as well as eight returning players, Logan improved on his win total from a season ago… Recognized as a staff who not only taught provided players with the skills needed to succeed on the pitch, but were impactful in their lives off the pitch and in the classroom.

Region IV – Sabino (Arizona)

The Head Coach: Cyndi Cubillas
Assistant coaches: Ena Madrid, Jackie Urquijo, Mark Nielson, Alyssa Miles, Cailey Flint

Led Sabino to his third straight AIA Conference 3A state championship…Posted a 32-3 record and owned a 27-game winning streak in 2022…Won the Exceptional Sportsmanship Award from the AIA… Posted three shutouts and outscored the opposition 44-7 in a 4-0 state playoff run for the title.

Region V – Allen Park (Michigan)

The Head Coach: Mike Kis
Assistant coaches: Steve Littleton, Myklan Boltnott

Won his first MHSAA state championship in program history…Posted a 5-0 mark in the state tournament, capping it with a 5-0 victory over Dakota High School…Ranked No. 1 or 2 at Michigan State all season … Posted a 41-4-1 record, winning last 13 games of season.

Region VI – Lake Creek (Texas)

The Head Coach: Michelle Rochinsky
Assistant coaches: Shauna Hazlewood, Brenna Huffman

Undefeated run to a Texas 5A State Championship…Posted a perfect 41-0 record…#1 team in latest USA Today/NFCA High School Super 25 poll, sitting in first place since third poll of the season … Named 2021-22 USA Today High School Sports Awards Women’s Team of the Year.

Region VII – West Stanly (NC)

The Head Coach: Emily Smith
Assistant coaches: Walker Barbee, Aaron Hartsell (statistician)

The freshman coaching staff guided West Stanly to the third straight NCHSAA 2A State Championship (the team earned six senior diplomas and returned only three starters)… After a 5-3 start, the team has won 24 of its last 25 contests, including a 6-0 mark in the state tournament … Under Smith’s tutelage, junior Lily Huneycutt, who had never thrown a college pitch, posted a record of 27 -3, with a 1.51 ERA and 251 strikeouts.

Region VIII – Lima Senior (Ohio)

The Head Coach: Robert Nelson
Assistant coaches: Bryan StrattonNicole Nelson

Working with limited resources in an urban environment, the staff has guided Lima to more wins in one year than in a decade combined… The program has seen great improvements, earning its first NFCA All-Region honor in 2022 and has had many Easton/NFCA All-America Scholars Athletes…Robert Nelson was voted Three Rivers Athletic Conference Coach of the Year…They are recognized as coaches who make a difference, look beyond wins and losses and have a positive influence on children’s lives and long-term prospects.

Region IX – Catholic Donovan (NJ)

The Head Coach: Deborah Schwartz
Assistant coaches: Dawn Dziedzic, Kathleen Sharp, Corey Schwartz

NJSIAA Non-Public ‘A’ State champions…Posted a 30-1 mark with lone loss coming in State of Champions tournament…Also captured Non-Public ‘B’ State of South Jersey, 39e annual titles Hammonton Invitational and Shore Conference Tournament… Finished 8th in USA Today/NFCA High School Super 25.

Region X – Southington, Connecticut

The Head Coach: Davina Hernández
Assistant coaches: Michele Boisvert, Rachel Dube, Scott Burkell

Won the CIAC Class LL State Championship (2nd seed overall)… A 5-0 state tournament run earned the 20e state title, the most among high school softball programs, breaking a three-way tie with high school in New Hampshire and North Carolina… It was the sixth title for head coach Davina Hernandez… The Hernandez’s personal carried a heavy load in 2022 as Hernandez battles Lupus and kidney disease… Posted a 27-1 mark with his only loss at the hands of Class L State Champion Masuk.

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