Rock Springs’ Brad DeKrey Wins National Coach of the Year Honor
Rock Springs High School coach Brad DeKrey was honored this week at the 2019 National Boys’ Cross Country Coach of the Year.
DeKrey received his award from the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) at their annual National Coach of the Year Awards banquet in Bismarck, ND earlier this week. It was all part of the NHSACA’s national convention.
According to a release from the Wyoming Coaches’ Association, Coach DeKrey was nominated for this honor by the WCA and was chosen among eight finalists from across the country. The selection is based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. All nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching. They use sport-specific rubrics to assign points for each category.
The NHSACA is the oldest coaches association. It was formed by coaches, for coaches, across the nation. It’s been recognizing national coach of the year winners since 1978.
DeKrey was among several Wyoming coaches that were recognized during this prestigious event, one of which was his wife Donna, who was a nominee for the Girls Assistant Coach honor.
Two Wyoming coaches, Sandy Jebens of Rawlins and Terry Berg of Lander, were inducted into the NHSACA Hall of Fame.
Other finalists for coach of the year, in their respective sport, included Mountain View’s Tim Gonzales (Boys Assistant Coach), Mike Lashley of Lingle-Ft. Laramie (Boys Track & Field), Jodi Stanley of Little Snake River (Girls Basketball), Burns’ Cole Manlove (Girls Cross Country), Craig Marsh from Kelly Walsh (Golf), Rick Stonehouse of Cody (Alpine Skiing), Jackson’s James Jenkins (Swimming & Diving), Jeff Barkell of Kelly Walsh (Volleyball), and Martin Linford of Cokeville (Wrestling).