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December 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff a finalist for national coach of the year award

Bellevue football coach Butch Goncharoff has been selected as one of six finalists for the 2013 Xenith National Coach of the Year Award. The award is part of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Goncharoff guided his team to a 14-0 record, a fifth straight state championship and the 10th state title in 12 years. The Wolverines allowed only 72 points all year and played in one close game — a 31-24 overtime win against Trinity from Euless, Texas. There were some who thought this was Goncharoff’s best team ever. The Wolverines capped their season with a 35-3 win against Eastside Catholic in the 3A state championship game. They have won 40 straight games.

Goncharoff is 158-12 in 13 seasons at Bellevue, a .929 winning percentage according to state historian David Maley.

The winner will be announced on Jan. 4.

The other finalists are:

– Claude Mathis, DeSoto High School in DeSota, Texas

– J.T. Curtis, Curtis High School in River Ridge, Louisiana

– Brian Hales, Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina

– Mike Jinks, Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas

– Joe Kinnan, Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida

WHARTON, N.J. (December 5, 2012) – The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee has announced the five finalists for the 2013 Xenith National Coach of the Year Award. The Coach of the Year will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Awards Dinner on Friday, January 4, 2013, in San Antonio. The award honors the Nation’s top high school football coach for exceptional coaching abilities and leadership skills, as well as acknowledging his role as a positive influence to young Americans on and off the field.

“Leadership is one of the most important characteristics for success,” said John Myers, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Marketing and Research Group. “These distinguished coaches possess great leadership strengths, mirroring those in each Army Strong Soldier. Their leadership extends beyond the field, molding young people not only into great football players, but also great citizens. We’re proud to recognize these coaches and congratulate them on this honor.”

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