Tucson, Arizona 2021-06-16 04:00:00 –
No I was really sure what would happen, or even if there was “it”. All high school sports years are full of hope and dreams, but this past sports year has been one of fear and disappointment. In the end, we got over it in a fairly decent way, but for schools in northwestern Tucson, it felt extra calm. Schools in the area (Amphi, Canyon del Oro, Flowing Wealth, Ironwood Ridge, Marana, Mountain View, Push Ridge) are usually suitable for several state championships in a variety of sports each year. But this year, it turns out that the year of COVID wasn’t as good as we wanted, and not as bad as we were afraid of.
There was only one state championship, which was basically the first championship of the year. Back in November, Ironwood Ridge’s women’s golf team won the state championship with a very thin margin as everything was pushed back from the first start time with the feverish dream of a pandemic settling magically. did. It will turn out to be the only state title that schools in the northwest have won this year.
As a result, some (though not complete) Nighthawks women’s golf coach Doug Kautz has been nominated as the 2020-21 Coach of the Year. He was also named the National Federation of State High School Association Arizona Golf Coach of the Year in 2019-20. (Obviously, our award is much cooler.)
Couts is a non-stop whirlwind of activity. In addition to being the chair of the Department of Mathematics at Ironwood Ridge (one of the classes he teaches is sports statistics), he coaches almost all year round. In his 31 years as a teacher, he believes he has coached at least 70 teams (see figure). He has taught soccer, baseball and, of course, golf at the high school level. He also coaches junior high school athletics, baseball, basketball and softball.
Armand Soto, the athletic director of the Amphitheater School District, struggled to find someone to lead a 7th grade women’s basketball team at Coronado Middle School in Catalina last year as the pandemic raged. He called Kautz, who started in Coronado just days after the golf championship. What happened with all the COVID protocols was a bit strange, but the team had a good time.
He should win several more awards in the future. His entire starting team is back next season from last year’s championship team. He thinks they’re okay.
In addition, this year we received the following strong consideration.
• American football coach Jorge Mendiville (also a math teacher). Mendiville rolled the Panthers to 4-0 just before Thanksgiving and before the season stopped.
• Canyon del Oro’s women’s cross-country and athletics coach Michelle Gerrard led both teams to a pandemic, keeping an eye out for former sprinter Jade Stepter, who made the US Olympic team a successful sprinter.
• Flowing Wealth Women’s Basketball Coach Michael Perkins takes the cab to a 5A State Championship match, and many of his team will be back next year.
Coach of the year: Ironwood Ridge girls golf coach Doug Kautz | High School Sports Source link Coach of the year: Ironwood Ridge girls golf coach Doug Kautz | High School Sports