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December 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Goncharoff a finalist for Coach of the Year

Mark Harrison | Seattle Times

Mark Harrison | Seattle Times

Bellevue football coach Butch Goncharoff is one of six finalists for the 2014 Xenith National Coach of the Year Award. The winner will be announced on Jan. 3.

Goncharoff led Bellevue to its sixth consecutive state championship, and 11th in 13 years, this season.

Here is more from the official release.

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ROCKAWAY, N.J. (December 13, 2013) - The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee has announced the six finalists for the 2014 Xenith National Coach of the Year Award. The Coach of the Year will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Awards Show on Friday, January 3, 2014, 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.”

2014 Xenith National Coach of the Year Award Finalists:

First Name Last Name High School City State
Butch Goncharoff Bellevue High School Bellevue WA
Tim “Ice” Harris Booker T. Washington High School Miami FL
Claude Mathis DeSoto High School DeSoto TX
Jason Negro St. John Bosco High School Bellflower CA
Norris Vaughan Mountain Pointe High School Phoenix AZ
Tom Westerberg Allen High School Allen TX

For more than 13 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson and Andrew Luck made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.  In the 2013 NFL Draft, there were a total of 8 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Alumni drafted in the first round.The 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,133 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

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