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Broad Run High School Named NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year

 Head coach Ed Steele and assistant coach Dave Morris of Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Va., have been selected as the NFCA’s High School Coaching Staff of the Year for 2008. 

Steele and Morris led the Spartans to an undefeated (26-0) season and second straight state championship and the top spot in the final USA Today/NFCA Top 25 High School Poll for the 2008 season. Broad Run hit .413 for the season and outscored its opposition 218-3. Four Broad Run seniors are moving on to play at NCAA Division I programs. Broad Run’s coaching staff was also selected as the South Region Coaching Staff of the Year. 

The other Regional Coaching Staff of the Year winners included: 

East Region 
Masuk High School (Monroe, Conn.) 
Head Coach: Jacqui Sheftz 
Sheftz helped lead Masuk to an undefeated (27-0) record and repeat Class LL state championship. Masuk won a fourth consecutive Southwest Conference title and has now won 51 straight games over multiple seasons. 

North Region 
Susquehannock High School (Glen Rock, Pa.) 
Head Coach: Dave Pollick 
Assistant Coaches Don Mercadante and Katie Pollick
Susquehannock successfully defended its Class 3A state championship despite having lost four key seniors from the 2007 championship team. The Warriors outscored its opposition 155-15, while rolling to a 24-2 record and knocking off previously undefeated Milton in the championship game. This is the first team in the modern era to repeat as a state champion in Pennsylvania. The Warriors pitching staff had a team ERA of 0.57 with 314 strikeouts and just 31 walks. 

South Central Region 
Aledo High School (Aledo, Texas) 
Head Coach: Kevin Cook 
Assistant Coaches: Kelly Skidmore and Tricia Hackfield
The Ladycats posted a 39-game undefeated streak during the 2008 season and successfully captured a second consecutive District 8-4A Championship as well as winning the Burleson Varsity and Arlington Spring Break Classics. Senior Whitney Canion was selected as the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year. 

West Region 
Sheldon High School (Sacramento, Calif.) 
Head Coach: Mary Jo Truesdale 
Truesdale’s Sheldon team won a second-consecutive California-San Joaquin D1 sectional, winning the Livermore Stampede and posting a runner-up finish at the Nike Faster to First Tournament. Sheldon held the No. 1 ranking for Division I schools in California for the entire season. Sheldon appeared atop the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll twice during the 2008 season, becoming first high school in Northern California to be ranked No. 1 nationally in any sport. Sheldon was fourth in the final USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll for 2008.