Head coach Monte Sherill, along with assistant coaches Charlie Blackwelder and Eric Cook, have been tabbed the Speedline/NFCA High School National Coaching Staff of the Year after leading Central Cabarrus High School (Concord, N.C.) to a state-record 56 game winning streak and a No. 3 ranking in the final USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25 Poll.
The Vikings won the North Carolina Class 4A championship, and finished the 2005 season undefeated.
Sherill, in his second year at the helm of the Cabarrus program, lead the Vikings to a 32-0 record.
Over the last two years, Sherill has guided Cabarrus to an impressive 64-1 record.
The Viking staff was also honored as the Speedline/NFCA South Central regional staff of the year. Other top Speedline regional staffs are:
EAST REGION – Susquehanna Valley High School (Conklin, N.Y.)
Dale Cook, Head Coach
Susquehanna Valley reached the Class A Final Four for the sixth time in the last 10 years and went on to capture its fourth state title in the prestigious Morabito Tournament. The Sabers defeated Williamsville South, who had previously won 46 consecutive games. Head coach Dale Cook’s squad has gone undefeated in STAC league play for three years.
NORTH REGION – Regina High School (Harper Woods, Mich.)
Diane Laffey, Head Coach
In 2005, Head coach Diane Laffey, the winningest coach in the state of Michigan, led Regina to a 40-3 record and its second consecutive Michigan Division I State Championship. The Saddlelites dominated Division I play, putting together a staggering 21-game winning streak stretching over both the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
SOUTH CENTRAL REGION – Brenham High School (Brenham, Texas)
Wade Wilson, Head Coach
Head coach Wade Wilson led Brenham to a 38-win season and the Texas Class 4A crown in 2005. The Cubettes had one of their most productive seasons ever by winning their first state championship since 1996, playing 12 consecutive games without an error and committing just 30 errors in a 44-game stretch. Brenham has won 33 of its 34 games in district play and has gone 103-11 and 12-4 in the playoffs during Wilson’s three seasons at the helm.
WEST REGION – Sabino High School (Tucson, Ariz.)
Galen Paton, Head Coach
Sabino head coach Galen Paton led his squad to the Arizona Class 4A Championship in 2005, earning a No. 4 ranking in the final USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25 Poll. Sabino posted an impressive 33-1 record this season, the second consecutive in which it hasn’t lost a region competition.