Covering High School Sports in America
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Billy Hicks, Scott County

A quartet of accomplished high school coaches responsible for producing 11 state championships were announced Thursday as the coaches for the 2012 McDonald's All-American Games.

The annual postseason showcase will take place March 28 at the United Center in Chicago. The girls contest will tip at 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU and the boys follow at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.

Billy Hicks of Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.) and Gordon Kerkman of Aurora West (Ill.) were tabbed to lead the East and West boys teams, respectively.

Hicks has won over 800 games in 32 seasons as a head coach, including the last 19 at Scott County. He led the Cardinals to state championships in 1998 and 2007.

Kerkman is in his 36th year as a head coach at Aurora West, winning 726 games and capturing a state title in 2000. He was also as varsity assistant at the school for 14 years, giving him an association with Aurora West that dates back to 1962.

Tanya Johnson of Zion-Benton (Zion, Ill.) and Anne Long of Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) were selected as the girls coaches. Johnson has won over 600 contests and a pair of state titles in Illinois, while Long has six state titles on her resume with over 700 victories.