The National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) and the Nebraska Coaches Association (NCA) announced the advancement of 10 coaches and an athletic director as finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year.
Among the finalists is Crofton's Aaron Losing. Since 2005, Losing has led the Crofton girls basketball squad, turning them into a perennial power. In that time, he has compiled a record of 304-27 record, never losing more than four games in a single season. The Warriors have won eight state championships under Losing's direction. They also finished as runner-up once and took third place twice.
Along with Losing and the 10 other finalists, two former Nebraska prep coaches will be honored by being inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame.
Eight finalists from across the nation, in nineteen recognized sports categories will be honored during the National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the NHSACA’s national convention in East Peoria, IL on the evening of June 21, 2017. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories.
All Nebraska coaches were nominated for this national honor by the Nebraska Coaches Association. The selection is based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. NHSACA is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.
Coaches Phyllis Honnor and Gene Kruger will be inducted into the national high school coaching hall of fame at the same NHSACA Convention. Hall of Fame ceremonies will take place on June 20.
Finalists for NHSACA National Coach of the Year
John Bacus Asst. COTY, Boys' Elkhorn
Ronda Motykowski Asst. COTY, Girls' Omaha Marian
Keith Muller Athletic Director Wilber-Clatonia
Troy Charf Baseball Lincoln Pius X
Aaron Losing Basketball, Girls' Crofton
Jim Danson Golf Lincoln Southwest
Dennis Dodge Softball Beatrice
Tracy Stauffer Swimming & Diving Millard West
Ken Adkisson Track & Field, Girls' Waverly
Pat Hoblyn Volleyball Ansley
Norm Manstedt Wrestling High Plains Community
Phyllis Honnor National Hall of Fame Waco
Gene Kruger National Hall of Fame Elkhorn