Winning three straight state champs has earned a Cheyenne girls soccer coach some national recognition.

Jim Gardner of East was recently named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year in the High School - Small Division.

In the Spring 2015 season, the Lady Thunderbirds went 16-2-2, and beat Sheridan 1-0 in the state championship game.

Coach Gardner will receive his award on Friday, Janaury 15th at the NSCAA National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.