Nease girls basketball coach Sherri Anthony was among the eight finalists for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Girls Basketball Coach of the Year award.
Russ Ninemire was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Girls Basketball Coach of the Year on Wednesday night.
The assistant coach at Marian High School (Omaha, Nebraska) won 583 games and 10 state championships in 40 years as the head coach at Sandy Creek High School (Fairfield, Nebraska) before retiring after the 2017 season. Ninemire led Sandy Creek to six straight state championships from 1996 to 2001. He led the Cougars to a 95-game winning streak during that period.
Nease girls basketball coach Sherri Anthony was one of eight finalists for the award. She and the other finalists each received a plaque recognizing them as finalists at the association’s convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
“It was just incredible. It was (incredible in) the most unbelievable way,” Anthony said Thursday.
Anthony said every one of the finalists had resumes that deserved the award. She considered herself honored to be nominated.
Anthony has a 576-330 record and one state championship in 32 years at Nease. She said the support of the school’s administration throughout the years has helped her tremendously as a coach. Anthony specifically cited the support of current Nease Principal Lisa Kunze and athletic director Matt McCool for their support and work to allow her to make the trek to the convention.
Anthony was one of 152 coaches, across 19 sports, who were finalists for NHSACA Coach of the Year awards. She was among eight finalists overall from Florida, including Oviedo High School girls volleyball coach and athletic director Jen Darty, St. Johns Country Day girls soccer coach Mike Pickett and Flagler Palm Coast boys track and field coach David Halliday. Darty, Pickett and Halliday were also in attendance Wednesday night, but like Anthony, did not win in their respective sports.