Jake Foster & Katharine Berkoff Named NHSCA HS Swimmers of the Year

Katharine Berkoff, the 2019 NHSCA Girls’ High School Swimmer of the Year. (Courtesy: Allison Fogleman)

The National High School Coaches’ Association (NHSCA) has named their 2019 boys’ and girls’ swimming athlete and coaches of the year.

The swimmer awards went to Jake Foster of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and Katherine Berkoff of Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana. The coaches chosen were David Hague of San Angelo Central High School in Texas as the boys honoree, and Marilyn Fitzgerald off Andover High School in Andover, Massachusetts as the girls honoree.

Foster, a senior, won 4 events at the Ohio High School Division I (big schools) State Championship meet, and in the process earned a share of the meet’s Most Outstanding Swimmer Award (with his brother, Carson, who also won 4 events). Jake, a USA Swimming Junior National Team member, will swim at Texas starting in the fall. He’s the 2nd Ohio swimmer to win the boys’ award, after Austin Staab of Westerville High School, who took the honor in 2007.

Berkoff, also a senior, is an NC State commit who finisher her high school career by winning the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle individually at the 2019 Montana High School State Championship meet: both in new state-record times. She finished her career a perfect 4-for-4 in team titles and a perfect 16-for-16 in event titles in Montana.

Teague, winner of the Boys’ Coach of the Year honor, led his team to a 23rd-place finish at the Texas 6A (big school) championships. Both the Bobcat boys and girls at San Angelo Central won district titles, including their 9th-straight boys title. This was a ‘walk-off’ win for Teague, who retired at the end of the season after 41 years in charge of the program. His career includes 33 district championships 2 regional championships 43 district coach of the year awards, and 8 regional coach of the year awards. In 2016, he was the Texas 6A Boys’ Coach of the Year.

Massachusetts coach Marilyn Fitzgerald also won the award in her swan-song season after 27 years. She retired after leading her team to its 18th undefeated regular season in the last 19 years, and its 5th-straight Division I state championship by winning 7 out of 12 events.

All-Time NHSCA Boys’ Swimming Athletes of the Year:

  • 2019 – Jake Foster – Sycamore HS – Ohio
  • 2018 – Drew Kibler – Carmel HS – Indiana
  • 2017 – Ryan Hoffer – Chaparral HS – Arizona
  • 2016 – Michael Jensen – Upper Dublin HS – Pennsylvania
  • 2015 – Andrew Seliskar – Thomas Jefferson HS – Virginia
  • 2014 – Jonathan Roberts – Southlake Carroll HS, Texas
  • 2013 – Austin Garcia – San Dimas HS – California
  • 2012 – Matias Koski – Northview HS – Georgia
  • 2011 – David Nolan – Hershey HS, Pennsylvania
  • 2010 – Kyle Whitaker – Chesterton HS, Indiana
  • 2009 – Cole Cragin – Friendswood HS, Texas
  • 2008 – Brian Alden – Neuqua Valley HS, Illinois
  • 2007 – Austin Staab – Westerville HS, Ohio
  • 2006 – Shaune Fraser – The Bolles School, Florida
  • 2005 – Alex Righi – Brophy Prep, Arizona
  • 2004 – Kyle Bubolz – Waukesha North HS, Wisconsin
  • 2003 – Garrett Weber-Gale – Nicolet HS, Wisconsin
  • 2002 – Tyler DeBerry – Sabino HS, Arizona
  • 2001 – Matt McDonald – Hamilton Southeastern HS, Indiana
  • 2000 – Alex Lim – The Bolles School, Florida

All-Time HSCA Girls’ Swimming Athletes of the Year:

  • 2019 – Katharine Berkoff – Hellgate HS – Montana
  • 2018 – Zoe Bartel – Fossil Ridge HS – Colorado
  • 2017 – Brooke Forde – Sacred Heart Academy – Kentucky
  • 2016 – Beata Nelson – Vernona/Mount Horeb HS – Wisconsin
  • 2015 – Katie Ledecky – Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Maryland
  • 2014 – Janet Hu – Oakton HS, Virginia
  • 2013 – Missy Franklin – Regis Jesuit HS, Colorado
  • 2012 – Bonnie Brandon – Cherry Creek HS, Colorado
  • 2011 – Gretchen Jaques – Glendora HS, California
  • 2010 – Emily Bos – Holland HS, Michigan
  • 2009 – Mary Beck – Westlake HS, Texas
  • 2008 – Michelle McKeehan – Center Grove HS, Indiana
  • 2007 – Lauren English – Montville Twp. HS, New Jersey
  • 2006 – Alexandra Clarke – Sunnyslope HS, Arizona
  • 2005 – Hannah Smith – Dexter HS, Michigan
  • 2004 – Rhiannon Jeffrey – Atlantic HS, Florida
  • 2003 – Kara Lynn Joyce – Pioneer HS, Michigan
  • 2002 – Mary Descenza – Rosary HS, Illinois
  • 2001 – Kaitlin Sandeno – El Toro HS, California
  • 2000 – Sara McLarty – Deland HS, Florida

All-Time NHSCA Boys’ Swimming Coaches of the Year:

  • 2019 – David Teague – San Angelo Central, Texas
  • 2018 – Jeff Meister – Punahouo School, Hawaii
  • 2017 – Rich Howley – Dallastown HS, Pennsylvania
  • 2016 – Mark Moorehouse – Fossil Ridge HS, Colorado
  • 2015 – Larry Rogers – Bellarmine Prep, California
  • 2014 – Joe Pereira – Skyline HS, Utah
  • 2013 – Kevin Kinel – Chesterton HS, Indiana
  • 2012 – Dave Hanson – Bishop Hendricken HS, Rhode Island
  • 2011 – Art Downey – Edina HS, Minnesota
  • 2010 – Mel Roberts – Tooele HS, Utah
  • 2009 – Mike Torrey – Zeeland West HS, Michigan
  • 2008 – Marty O’Toole – St. Xavier HS, Kentucky
  • 2007 – John Turner – Jenks HS, Oklahoma
  • 2006 – Brian Metheny – Sunnyslope HS, Arizona
  • 2005 – Mark Onstott – New Trier HS, Illinios
  • 2004 – Jim Brower – St. Xavier HS, Ohio
  • 2003 – Virginia Weber – Moorestown HS, New Jersey
  • 2002 – Dr. Rick Creed – Parkview HS, Georgia
  • 2001 – Dave Coffman – St. Xavier HS, Ohio
  • 2000 – Larry Shofe – The Bolles School, Florida

All-Time NHSCA Girls’ Swimming Coaches of the Year:

  • 2019 – Marilyn Foster – Andover High School, Maryland
  • 2018 – Jim Luebbe – Sacred Heart Academy, Kentucky
  • 2017 – Mel Roberts – Tooele HS, Utah
  • 2016 – Tina Bates – Buchholz HS, Florida
  • 2015 – Chris Plumb – Carmel HS, Indiana
  • 2014 – Rich & Ron Blanc – Santa Margarita Catholic HS, California
  • 2013 – Nick Frasersmith – Regis Jesuit, Colorado
  • 2012 – Bruce Woodbury – New Trier HS, Illinois
  • 2011 – Brian Gross – Charlotte Catholic HS, North Carolina
  • 2010 – Marty Keating – Pittsford Central HS, New York
  • 2009 – Kent Kirchner – The Woodlands, Texas
  • 2008 – Pete Higgins – The Westminster Schools, Georgia
  • 2007 – Jean Chard – Lafayette HS, Missouri
  • 2006 – John Casadia – Vineland HS, New Jersey
  • 2005 – Andy Pedersen – Hamilton Southeastern HS, Indiana
  • 2004 – Jeff Poppell – The Bolles School, Florida
  • 2003 – Denny Hill – Pioneer HS, Michigan
  • 2002 – Tim Beerman – Ursuline Academy, Ohio
  • 2001 – Ken Stopkotte – Carmel HS, Indiana
  • 2000 – Sandy Martin – Providence HS, North Carolina

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James Beam

How can they name this when the season isn’t over? Doesn’t CA still have swimming?

Snarky

Berkoff. Never lost a HS race. I know it’s Montana, not the hotbed of swimming, but still…

SwimGeek

Berkoff is legitmately terrific and her times show that. The fact that she never lost a HS meet means virtually nothing. And I’d be interested to see what Torie Huske ended up in the balloting. Her Natl HS record 51.2 in fly and 21.9 50 free were incredible.

Snarky

Tori is a sophomore. The award only goes to seniors.

Bobthebuilderrocks

Yes we do. Ethan Hu ftw

Elmo

Very surprising to me how few of these ever made a US Olympic team.

Swimfan

Well on the men’s side I count 4 Olympians of the 20 with the most recent 5 men still active competitors and considered Olympic hopefuls. Deep breath. Let’s not judge success in swimming by Olympics alone. The vast majority on this list had very successful careers that include international competition and successful NCAA careers. In the USA, with the competition being what it is, these athletes and us fans must not judge their careers on where they finished at Olympic trials every 4 years. There’s many other achievements throughout their post high school career to be proud of. Many of these guys are NCAA champions and/or NCAA All-Americans ! I say this not only to the guys on this list… Read more »

SwimGeek

All true. And good perspective. But . . . we’re talking about the very best 18-yr-old swimmer in the entire USA — for that swimmer to “just” become a NCAA All-American is not exactly noteworthy. Frankly, most of them are posting an NCAA A-Final time while still in HS.

Swimfan

I understand your point, but without detailing the careers of the 16 non Olympians on the list, most had VERY successful swimming careers…David Nolan tops that list. And to make “A final” is very tough if you watched this years NCAAs… several guys on the list may not have won but were Top 8 every year! I think that is an amazing accomplishment and certainly “noteworthy!”

Backstroke03

Who is Austin Garcia (2013)?

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