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National High School Coach of the Year
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Friday, July 19, 2019
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The National High School Coaches Association (“NHSCA”) recently announced Karl Koonce as its National High School Girls’ Track and Field Coach of the Year.

After over four decades of coaching track and field and cross country at Lake Hamilton, Koonce retired this past June. During his 46 years as a head coach, Koonce has led the school to 29 state championships and 46 state runner-up finishes. Koonce has coached 12 All Americans in Track and Field.

Koonce has been named Arkansas Coach of the Year 18 times. He’s also been a five-time Section Coach of the Year for Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado, plus National Coach of the Year for Boys Track in 2009 and was the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association State Cross Country Coach of the Year last year.

“We are extremely pleased to honor Coach Koonce,” said Eric Hess, Executive Director of the NHSCA. “He has established Lake Hamilton as one of the best in Arkansas. He exhibits a strong dedication to supporting and developing his high school student-athletes in the classroom and outside of it.”

Koonce is the first Arkansas coach to be named the NHSCA National Girls’ Track & Field Coach of the Year.

Throughout 2018, the NHSCA has been announcing the 2018-2019 Coach of the Year honorees in 20 boys’ and girls’ sports. This marks the 20th consecutive year the NHSCA has honored achievers within the high school athletic community nationwide.

Each of the honorees will receive a beautiful plaque. In addition, the Coach of the Year honoree will be displayed in the National High School Digital Sports Hall of Fame that is currently under development.