Oviedo’s Ed Kershner, the winningest boys basketball coach in Florida high school history, was honored on Saturday as National Coach of the Year in his sport by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA).
It marked the first such honor for a coach who has collected numerous state and area coach of the year awards and been inducted into multiple halls of fame in his 43-season high school career.
“I was very surprised, very honored, very humbled to say the least,” Kershner said on Monday after returning from the 50th NHSACA national convention in Rochester, Minn. “To hear the credentials of all the finalists and then be selected. … I’m still in awe of the whole thing.
“I’ve always tried to serve the coaches and serve the game.”
Kershner has a career record of 862 wins and 363 losses over 43 seasons. He is retired as a teacher but said he plans to coach his 20th year at Oviedo next season. Kershner is 415-138 with the Lions, including a 28-4 Class 7A state championship season two years ago and a 25-6 state runner-up finish last season.
Two area coaches were finalists for the national honor: Winter Park’s Stephanie Gibson for girls volleyball, and Lyman’s Fred Finke for boys cross country.
Other Florida coaches who were named national coach of the year were Clyde Metcalf, Sarasota, baseball; Robert Iamurri, Naples, softball; and Michael Kypress, Miami Dr. Krop, tennis.