The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has named the 2012 NHSACA Coach of the Year Winners. To be considered for this award a nominee has been determined to have outstanding coaching longevity and win-loss record, championship years, awards received and service to the coaching profession and to the athletes of the State of South Dakota.
The 2012 Coach of the Year winners from South Dakota were Virg Polak, Watertown High School, Assistant Boys' Coach of the Year and Jim Sorensen, Beresford High School, Golf Coach of the Year. They were honored at the National Awards Banquet held at the NHSACA 47th Annual Meeting/Seminar in Fargo, ND, on Wednesday, July 25. This annual event is attended by athletic directors and coaches in 18 sports from throughout the United States.
Other finalists from South Dakota were: Arlin Likness, Yankton High School in the sport of football; Jim Drake, Winner High School in the sport of boys' basketball; Cal Schubert, Sisseton High School in the sport of girls' basketball; Deb Thill, Mitchell High School in the sport of volleyball; Bob Hirsch, Watertown High School in the sport of wrestling; Terry Dosch, Aberdeen Roncalli High School in the sport of boys' track & field; Bob Bennett, Garretson High School in the sport of girls' track & field; Chuck Seurer, Hoven High School in the sport of girls' cross country; Jason Olson, Rapid City Stevens High School in the sport of tennis; Lynn Gudmundson, Deuel High School in Special Sports-Gymnastics; Tom Prendergast, Sisseton High School assistant in girls' sports; and Jim Dorman, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School Athletic Director.