Kansas Coaches Association Announces 2017-18 Coaches of the Year

The Kansas Coaches Association today announced the 2017-2018 winners for their “Coach of the Year” awards.

Cross Country – Boys Levi Huseman Olathe North High School
Cross Country – Girls Rena Mick Bennington High School
Football – 11 man Garrett Michael Sabetha High School
Football – 8 man Don Melby Pike Valley High School
Golf – Girls Irv Schueller Andale High School/Garden Plain High School
Soccer – Boys Jason Pendleton Blue Valley Southwest High School
Tennis – Girls Janet Glaser Andover Central High School
Volleyball Kimbrook Tennal Centralia High School
Basketball – Boys Lonnie Lollar Halstead High School
Basketball – Girls Chris Strathman McPherson High School
Bowling Jodi Floyd Wichita Northwest High School
Swimming – Boys Kyle Farrington Blue Valley Northwest High School
Wrestling Derick Budke Chase County Jr/Sr High School
Baseball Tony Scardino Blue Valley High School
Golf – Boys Eric Muninger Sacred Heart High School
Soccer – Girls Nate Huppe Bishop Miege High School
Softball Rita Frakes Andover Central High School
Swimming – Girls Chris Erickson Kapaun Mount Carmel High School
Tennis – Boys Dean D. Schulz Valley Center
Track & Field – Boys Kory Cool Manhattan High School
Track & Field – Girls Greg Smarsh Andale High School
Middle School-Boys Mike Baumann Pike Valley Junior High School
Middle School-Girls Karla K. Viranda Meadow View Grade School
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.