Top 100 high school sports coaches

By Kevin Askeland Apr 24, 2020, 1:00pm

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High school sports should be about the athletes – the kids who will likely look back on their four years and remember it as the time of their lives.

But through consistent success and longevity, some coaches become the face of high school sports programs or even the school itself. It's not all that unusual for coaches to spend 40 years at one school, leading multiple generations of athletes in a community.

We set out to identify 100 of the top high school coaches in the country, men and women who have won multiple state and national championships, set records and worked to perfect their craft over decades.

Top 100 High School Sports Coaches

Randy Allen, Highland Park (Dallas), football
One of three coaches in Texas with 400 wins, Allen has 404 with 88 losses and six ties in 39 seasons. He's won over 250 games at Highland Park with four state championships.
Randy Allen, Highland Park
Randy Allen, Highland Park
File photo by Robbie Rakestraw
Bret Almazan-Cezar, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), volleyball
Almazan-Cezar has made the Monarchs a team to be reckoned with in California and the nation. He has a career record of 875-147 with 11 state championships. He was also the national Coach of the Year in 2017.

Bill Aris, Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.), cross country
Aris has won 13 state titles with the girls cross country program and eight with the boys program. His team has also won the Nike Cross Country Nationals 11 times.

Cindy Baggott, Bishop England (Charleston, S.C.), girls volleyball
Baggott won 11 straight state championships after taking over in 2007. She was part of Bishop England's 18 straight state championships, 28 overall.

Rick Baker, Hopi (Keams Canyon, Ariz.), cross country
Baker's boys cross country team dominated for nearly three decades, winning 27 straight state championships through the 2016 season.

James BeHarry, Padua Franciscan (Parma, Ohio), volleyball
The Bruins have developed into one of the top programs in the nation under BeHarry, who is in his 10th season with the team. He led Padua Franciscan to back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017.

Eric Borba, Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.), baseball
Borba has put together one of the top programs in the nation at Orange Lutheran winning three straight National High School Invitationals, arguably the toughest tournament in the nation.

Billy Jack Bowen, Silo (Okla.), baseball
Bowen ranks third all-time nationally with 2,070 wins heading into the 2020 baseball season. His Silo team has won 10 state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019 and Silo entered the 2020 with a 40-game win streak — the longest active streak in the nation.

Kevin Boyle, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.), boys basketball
Boyle was named the MaxPreps Boys Basketball Coach of the Decade after winning 232 games and losing 19 in 10 seasons at Montverde Academy. His teams have won four national titles, including one in 2020 when the Eagles went 25-0.

Jeff Brameier, Darien (Conn.), boys lacrosse
The all-time wins leader in Connecticut, Brameier had 611 career wins and won his 14th state championship at Darien in 2019.

Galen Brantley Jr., Soldotna (Alaska), football
Brantley may be off to the greatest start of a career of any high school coach as his team is 125-6 since he began coaching. His team has won 12 state championships in Alaska including a national best active streak of eight in a row.

Chan Brown, Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.), baseball
Brown was the MaxPreps Baseball Coach of the Decade after leading the Panthers to five state championships since 2011 and three national championships.

Matt Buckner, Farragut (Knoxville, Tenn.), baseball
At Farragut, Buckner has a record of 594-157 and he has a career record of 771-229. He has won four state championships with the Admirals.

Miller Bugliari, The Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.), boys soccer
A coach for 60 years at Pingry, Bugliari is second in all-time national coaching wins with 878 to go with 127 losses and 75 ties. His teams have won 26 state championships and finished undefeated 20 times.

John Burke, Catholic Memorial (Waukesha, Wis.), girls soccer
The MaxPreps girls soccer Coach of the Decade has won 14 state championships and sports an overall record of 540-59-45.

Barbara Campbell, Brentwood (Tenn.), girls volleyball
Campbell has won 15 state titles while at Brentwood, one for nearly every two years during her 32-year run at the school. Her 1,728 career wins rank third all-time in the nation and she also has an 85.4 winning percentage.

Bill Castle, Lakeland (Fla.), football
A two-time national champion as coach of the Dreadnaughts, Castle has a record of 445-91 with seven state championships.

Glenn Cecchini, Barbe (Lake Charles, La.), baseball
The NFHS National baseball Coach of the Year in 2019, Cecchini has a record of 934-207 with 10 state championships, including one in 2019.

Steve Chapman, Calallen (Corpus Christi, Texas), baseball
One of only two Texas coaches with over 1,000 career wins, Chapman has a record of 1,046-233-3 with 26 district championships and three state championships.

J.T. Curtis, John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.), football
With a record of 592-66-6, Curtis can become just the second coach to ever win over 600 games in a career next year. He also has a national record 27 state championships.

Phillip Danaher, Calallen (Corpus Christi, Texas), football
Danaher is the all-time wins leader in Texas with 470 victories, 113 losses and four ties.

Frank Dixon, Carmel (Ind.), girls soccer
Dixon has 537 career wins and 10 state championships, the most of any coach in Indiana. His most recent state title came in 2018.

Chris Drake, Torrey Pines (San Diego), boys golf
Drake's teams have won four straight San Diego Section titles and three state championships in California over the past decade.

Claney Duplechin, Episcopal (Baton Rouge, La.), boys/girls cross country
Duplechin's boys cross country team has won 24 straight state championships and 33 in the past 35 seasons. All totaled, Duplechin has won 57 state championships in cross country and track and field.

Amy Eubanks, Westminster (Atlanta), girls cross country
Eubanks has won 24 state championships at Westminster, including the last six in a row at the 3A level.

Glenn Farello, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), boys basketball
Farello had a record of 453-186 after the 2019 season and he has won four VISSA state championships and four WCAC regular season championships.

Susan Farlow, Mountain Brook (Birmingham, Ala.), tennis
Farlow has coached Mountain Brook boys and girls tennis for 13 seasons and has a record of 95-13 with the girls and 102-1 with the boys. Her boys teams have won six state titles and the girls have also won six.

Rhonda Farney, Georgetown (Texas), girls basketball
Farney is the winningest active girls basketball coach in Texas with 1,183 career wins and 337 losses in her 32 seasons as head coach.

Suzanne Fitzgerald, Walton (Marietta, Ga.), volleyball
Fitzgerald has led Walton to nine state championships, including the last five in a row. The 2017 team won a national championship and Fitzgerald was the MaxPreps National Coach of the Year.
Suzanne Fitzgerald, Walton
Suzanne Fitzgerald, Walton
File photo by Kyle Hess
Carl Fruechte, Caledonia (Minn.), football
Fruechte has had two impressive tenures at Caledonia. He coached from 1997 to 2010 before taking six years off to watch his kids play college sports. Since coming back, he's been a part of Caledonia's national-leading 67-game win streak.

Pat Galle, UMS-Wright Prep (Mobile, Ala.), track/cross country
The head coach for cross country, outdoor track and field and indoor track and field at UMS Wright, Galle has coached for 47 years at the school and has won a combined 66 state championships.

Dorothy Gaters, Chicago Marshall (Chicago), girls basketball
The only coach in Chicago Marshall history, Gaters finished her 44th year with the school and has a record of 1,141 and 213 losses to go with 10 state championships.

Carlos Giron, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), girls soccer
Giron has over 800 career wins with the Raiders, the most of any girls soccer coach in U.S. history. He also has won 15 state championships.

Curt Giles, Edina (Minn.), boys ice hockey
A former Minnesota Northstar player, Giles has coached for 20 seasons and led Edina to four state titles, including one in 2019.

Scott Green, Wyoming Seminary College Prep (Kingston, Pa.), wrestling
Green picked up his 200th win last year before he lost his 10th career match in 10 seasons at Wyoming Seminary. He also helped lead the team to a national No. 1 ranking in 2020.

C.J. Hamilton, Silver Lake (Kan.), football
The all-time leader in wins in Kansas with a record of 432-92-0, Hamilton has eight state championships to his credit.

Bret Hanemann, Jesuit (New Orleans, La.), boys swimming
Hanemann has won 16 state championships during his time at Jesuit, winning their last state title in 2017.

Philip Haywood, Belfry (Ky.), football
The all-time wins leader in Kentucky with 449 wins and 138 losses. He won a state championship this year to give him seven in his career.

Jeff Holman, Haddonfield (N.J.), boys/girls tennis
Between the boys and girls tennis teams at Haddonfield, Holman has won 2,305 matches. He has 1,169 wins in girls tennis and 1,146 in boys tennis. He has 19 girls state championships and 11 boys state titles. He's also won a combined total of 70 section titles in the two sports.

Robert Hyland, St. Mary's Springs (Fond du Lac, Wis.), football
With a state record of 477-107-2 in 49 seasons, Hyland was named state Coach of the Year in Wisconsin after winning a third straight state championship. Hyland has won 17 state titles overall in his tenure at the school.

Jim Jackson, Shakopee (Minn.), wrestling
In a long career at Apple Valley, Jackson led the team to 16 state championships and two national championships. He had a dual meet record of 618-27-3 at the school. He is now at Shakopee and led the team to a state championship last year.

Chris Jacobs, Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.), girls tennis
Jacobs has been a part of Cherry Creek's highly successful girls tennis program which has won 22 of the past 24 state championships.

David Jeans, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), baseball
Jeans has been one of the most successful baseball coaches in the past 10 seasons, going 181-47 with six North Coast Section championships. His teams have finished No. 2 in the nation in 2018 and 2019.

Kathy Jenkins, St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.), girls lacrosse
Jenkins has won more games than any girls lacrosse coach with 802 wins, just 63 losses and 10 ties in 43 years of coaching. She has led the team to nine state championships.

Freddy Johnson, Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.), boys basketball
Johnson's Greensboro Day team has been a powerhouse in North Carolina for nearly four decades. Johnson has a record of 1,080 and 300 in 43 seasons with 11 state championships.

Mike Jones, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), boys basketball
Since taking over for legendary coach Morgan Wooten, Jones has carved out a legendary career of his own in picking up his 500th win this past season.

Gary Joseph, Katy (Texas), football
The coach at Katy since 2004, Joseph has 213 career wins and four state championships with the Tigers.

Kevin Kiernan, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), girls basketball
According to his school bio, Kiernan has a record of 759-161 with 10 Southern Section championships and six state championships. He has twice been named national Coach of the Year.

Tommy Knotts, Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.), football
With a record of 430-64-1 (.870), Knotts has one of the best winning percentages of any coach with over 300 career wins. His state championship last fall gave him 12 between his time at Dutch Fork and Independence (Charlotte, N.C.)

Jim Konrad, Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.), boys soccer
Konrad has been one of the most successful coaches in Illinois, winning 295 games with 63 losses and 29 ties in 16 seasons. He's won four state championships, including one in 2018 when he was the national Coach of the Year.

Ron Kordes, Assumption (Louisville, Ky.), girls volleyball
Winner of over 90 percent of his games, Kordes has a record of 1,136-114. He's also won 22 state championships, including eight in a row at one point with three undefeated seasons.

Chuck Kyle, St. Ignatius (Cleveland), football
Few coaches can match the success Kyle has experienced at St. Ignatius, winning 11 state titles and three mythical national championships. He has a career record of 358-95-1 in 37 seasons with the Wildcats.

Dianne Laffey, Regina (Warren, Mich.), softball
Not only is Laffey the all-time winningest softball coach in Michigan, she's also number five in girls basketball. She has a record of 651-463 in basketball and 1,212-485-5 in softball.

Todd Larkin, St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.), swimming
St. Xavier has won more state titles in swimming than any school in the nation with 55 all-time championships. Larkin has been the coach since 2010 and has won 11 straight state championships — part of a 32-straight state championship win streak by the Tigers.

Matt Logan, Centennial (Corona, Calif.), football
One of the top offensive teams in the country, Centennial has won 18 league championships, 10 section titles and one state championship in 23 seasons under Logan.

Terry Lowe, Greenwich (Conn.), boys swimming
A coach for over 40 years at Greenwich, Lowe's teams have won 36 Open division championships and 22 LL state crowns. Greenwich has won the last seven Open and LL combined state titles.

John Lowery, Jefferson (Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.), baseball
The only coach Jefferson has had, Lowery was slated to coach his 50th season in 2020 before the coronavirus cancelled the season. He ranks only behind Mike Turo among active coaches with 1,332 career wins (1,332-352-3). He's also led Jefferson to 12 state titles.

Jim Luebbe, Sacred Heart (Louisville, Ky.), girls swimming
In 14 seasons, Luebbe has led Sacred Heart to 10 state championships. It won the 2020 state title by nearly 350 points. His team was also ranked as the dual meet national champion in 2019 by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

Duncan MacDonald, Punahou (Honolulu), cross country
MacDonald has won 14 girls cross country championships at Punahou and added 16 girls track and field state titles.

Jodi Manore, Bedford (Temperance, Mich.), girls volleyball
No girls volleyball coach has won more games than Manore, in fact no one is even close. With 2,091 wins and 362 losses (2,093-362-59), Manore is nearly 300 wins ahead of the second place coach on the list. She has also won three state titles and 26 regional championships.

Gary McKnight, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), boys basketball
The second-winningest coach in the nation behind Steve Smith, McKnight has 1,161 wins and 118 losses with 11 state championships in 38 seasons.

Mike McLaughlin, St. Ignatius (Cleveland), boys soccer
In 26 seasons as head coach of the Wildcats, McLaughlin has gone 428-52-53 and has won nine state championships and five NSCAA national championships.

Jeff Meister, Punahou (Honolulu), swimming
Meister has guided one of the most dominant programs in the nation, collecting both the boys and girls state championship in Hawaii each of the past five seasons. All totaled, Meister has won 18 state titles with the boys team and 20 with the girls team.

Terry Michler, Christian Brothers (St. Louis), boys soccer
The all-time national wins leader with 990 career wins, Michler has won nine state championships including two in the past three seasons.

Paul Morina, Paulsboro (N.J.), wrestling
Morina picked up his 700th career match win last year and he's led Paulsboro to four straight state championships. He's also been responsible for over 30 state championships at the school.

Jason Negro, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), football
St. John Bosco is 112-24 under Negro with three state championships and a 2019 MaxPreps national championship.

Maria Nolan, Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.), girls volleyball
Winner of 1,041 matches in her career, Nolan is the only volleyball coach in New Jersey to have over 1,000 career wins.

Ken Novak, Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.), boys basketball
Novak has been incredibly successful at Hopkins, posting a record of 896-157 with eight state championships. Novak won the state championship in 2019 and had won the first three rounds of the playoffs in 2020 before the season ended due to the coronavirus.

Vanessa Nygaard, Windward (Los Angeles), girls basketball
In nine seasons at Windward, Nygaard has a record of 210-40 and two state championships.

Pat O'Rourke, St. Ignatius (Cleveland), boys ice hockey
O'Rourke has a 417-126-21 record in 15 seasons with the Wildcats and he has led St. Ignatius to six state championships.

Mike Pickett, St. Johns Country Day (Orange Park, Fla.), girls soccer
Pickett has been one of the most successful soccer coaches in Florida, winning nine state championships and a national championship in 2017.

Dave Pishkur, Andrean (Merrillville, Ind.), baseball
Pishkur became Indiana's all-time wins leader last year with 1,014. He has won seven state championships, including one in 2019, and his team has 35 straight wins heading into the 2021 season.

Sue Phillips, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.), girls basketball
In 27 seasons at Mitty, Phillips has won over 700 games, 12 NorCal championships and six state championships.
Sue Phillips, Archbishop Mitty
Sue Phillips, Archbishop Mitty
File photo by Gint Federas
Chris Plumb, Carmel (Ind.), girls swimming
Plumb's boys and girls teams each won state titles in 2020, giving Plumb a total of 23 state championships, nine with the boys and 14 with the girls. The 23 state titles is the most for a single coach in state history.

Gary Rankin, Alcoa (Tenn.), football
The winningest football coach in Tennessee history with 439 wins and 76 losses. He has led Alcoa to five straight state championships and he's won 15 state titles overall.

Grant Rice, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), boys basketball
Rice has over 500 career wins and 13 state championships with the Gaels including a national best nine in a row.

Chris Robinson, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), girls lacrosse
Robinson led McDonogh to nine state championships during the 2010s and then led Lake Highland Prep to a state title last year. He has a career record of 363-20-1.

Rick Robinson, Norco (Calif.), softball
In leading Norco to a No. 1 national ranking in 2012, 2018 and 2019, Robinson was named the MaxPreps Softball Coach of the Decade.

Lamar Rogers, Clarkrange (Tenn.), girls basketball
The winningest coach in Tennessee with 1,235 wins and just 275 losses in 43 seasons. Rogers has won eight state championships and advanced in the playoffs this year before the season ended due to the coronavirus.

Bruce Rollinson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), football
Rollinson won his 300th game in 2018 while earning a national championship. He's up to 312 wins and 86 losses with three national championships.

Jim Roth, Southern Columbia Area (Catawissa, Pa.), football
Roth and Southern Columbia Area have the nation's third-longest win streak in the nation heading into 2020 with 48 straight wins. With a record of 444-63-2, Roth is 11 wins away from breaking George Curry's state record for career wins. Roth also has 10 career state championships.

Reno Saccoccia, Steubenville (Ohio), football
In 37 seasons, Saccoccia has won four state championships, including a 15-0 season in 2017, and has a career record of 386-74.

Carlos Sample, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge, La.), boys basketball
Sample has led Scotlandville to 11 straight state championship game and has won seven of those, including the last four in a row.

Doc Scheppler, Pinewood (Los Altos Hills, Calif.), girls basketball
The coach of one of the top small school powerhouses in the state with six state championships, Pinewood has also competed well at the Division 1 level the past three seasons, reaching the state finals in 2018. Scheppler has a career record of 656-136.

Ann Schilling, Bayside Academy (Daphne, Ala.), girls volleyball
Schilling earned National Coach of the Year honors by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in 2019 after winning her 18th straight state championship at Bayside, her 25th overall. She has a career record of 1,523-411.

Doug Soles, Great Oak (Temecula, Calif.), cross country
Soles has won eight cross country state championships with the boys and girls cross country programs at Great Oak. He was named the girls cross country coach of the decade by MaxPreps.

Steve Smith, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), boys basketball
The winningest active coach in the nation with a mark of 1,186-79, Smith has led Oak Hill Academy for 35 seasons with seven national titles with the last one coming in 2012.

Ochiel Swaby, Miami Country Day (Miami), girls basketball
With a career record of 358-102 in 16 years, Swaby led Miami Country Day to six straight state championships in Florida and was the national Coach of the Year in 2019.

Steve Tirapelle, Clovis (Calif.), wrestling
Clovis has been the most dominant wrestling program in California for the past 30 years. Tirappelle has been the coach for over 20 years, winning seven of the school's 13 state championships.

Troy Tirapelle, Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.), wrestling
Dominance in California wrestling has shifted to Buchanan, but it has remained in the Tirapelle family. Steve's son, Troy, has led the Bears to five straight state championships and was named the national Coach of the Year in 2019.

Joe Tribble, Westminster (Atlanta), boys cross country
Tribble has led Westminster to 26 state championships in his career, including the last three in a row.

Tom Turco, Barnstable (Hyannis, Mass.), girls volleyball
Turco picked up win No. 700 last season and he has won 18 state championships. His teams put together a 110-match win streak from 2003 to 2007.

Larry Turner, Owasso (Okla.), baseball
Owasso has been one of the most successful teams in the nation over the past two decades. Turner is in his 37th year as head coach and has won 11 state championships with a 1,147-261 record.

Mike Turo, Monroe Campus (Bronx, N.Y.), baseball
The winningest coach in PSAL history, Turo is 1,369-227 in 42 seasons with six city championships.

Sister Lynn Winsor, Xavier College Prep (Phoenix), girls golf
In 40 seasons as head coach, Winsor has won 36 state championships and once had a 204-match unbeaten streak.

Rob Weil, Los Alamitos (Calif.), softball
Weil's squad was ranked No. 1 in the nation by the MaxPreps computer ratings when the coronavirus ended the season. He has won six CIF Southern Section championships and was the national champion by MaxPreps in 2017.

Sharman White, Pace Academy (Atlanta), boys basketball
White went 264-47 at Miller Grove and won seven state championships. He has gone 48-13 in two seasons at Pace Academy.

Jeff Wood, Jesuit (Portland, Ore.), boys tennis
Wood has won more tennis state titles, 14, than any other coach in Oregon, winning a state record seven in a row between 2008 and 2014 and the last four in a row.

Mike Wood, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), baseball
Wood has been Hamilton's coach since the school opened in 1998. He has a career record of 504-197 with seven state championships, including one in 2019. His Huskies were also ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps when their season came to an end by the coronavirus.

Betty Wroubel, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.), girls volleyball
The NFHS Coach of the Year in 2018, Wroubel has won three state titles at Notre Dame Prep and has a career record of 1,534-319-132.
Sister Lynn Winsor (back left) with her Xavier College Prep girls golf team.
Sister Lynn Winsor (back left) with her Xavier College Prep girls golf team.
File photo by Mark Jones