Rochester's Leonard, Lincoln's Alexander Among NFHS Coaches of the Year

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The National Federation of State High School Associations released their list of the 2014 Coaches of the Year for the state's 27 sports.  Read their full press release below.

The NFHS has named Fieldcrest High School Competitive Dance Coach Tina Fortner its National Spirit Coach of the Year. Fortner is the 15th coach from Illinois to win the National Coach of the Year honor and the first in the Spirit category.

“It is a great honor and means a lot after all the years and time I have put in to coaching,” said Fortner. “I coach because I love the sport of dance and the girls, but this is definitely a milestone I never expected.”

 “Tina Fortner represents the best of high school athletics,” said IHSA Assistant Executive Director and Dance Administrator Tracie Henry. “She is a coach who is passionate about the young ladies on her team excelling not only when they step onto the floor to compete, but also when they are in the classroom and community. She is the type of coach who leaves a lasting impression on her student-athletes and is very deserving of this exceptional honor.”

The individuals below were the NFHS State Coaches of the Year in Illinois based upon the 2013-14 school year. State honorees were submitted by the IHSA earlier this school year to the NFHS. An NFHS panel then reviewed the candidates and selected Section winners, followed by National winners. Past Illinois state honorees are archived here

NFHS State Coaches of the Year - Illinois

 Derek Leonard, Rochester - Football (11-Player)
 Chad Lakatos, Edwardsville - Boys Track & Field (Outdoor)
 Neil Alexander, Lincoln Boys - Basketball
 Dave Greer, Pleasant Plains - Baseball
 Mark Heiderscheid, Edwardsville - Boys Soccer
 Michael Powell, Oak Park-River - Forest Wrestling
 Gene Jones, Metamora* - Boys Cross Country*
 John Nesbitt, Hinsdale Central* - Boys Tennis*
 Ken Colmone, El Paso-Gridley - Boys Golf
 Michelle Meyer, Normal University - Boys Swimming & Diving
 Roscoe Dowell, Cahokia - Girls Track & Field (Outdoor)
 Eric Orne, Quincy Notre Dame* - Girls Basketball*
 Greg Cothern, Pana - Girls Volleyball
 Chad Kutscher, Rochester - Girls Soccer

 Jim Scott, West Prairie - Softball (Fast Pitch)
 Todd Vohland, Decatur St. Teresa - Girls Cross Country
 Vince Desecki, Gurnee Warren - Girls Tennis
 Robert Guy, New Trier - Girls Swimming & Diving
 Patricia McGovern, St. Ignatius - Girls Golf
 Tina Fortner, Fieldcrest* - Spirit*
 Joe Hames, Plainfield Central - Girls Badminton
 Mark Tubb, Mascoutah - Boys Bowling
 Frank Navakowski, Glenbard West - Boys Gymnastics
 Yun Chen, Gurnee Warren - Boys Volleyball
 Jim Caliendo, Sandburg - Boys Water Polo
 Lindsey Siegel, Libertyville - Girls Bowling
 Kim Hostman, Geneva - Girls Gymnastics
 Jeff Wimer, Stevenson - Girls Water Polo
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