West wins national coach of the year honor
Aaron West said in all the years of taking family pictures, not once did his father smile.
On Wednesday night in Fargo, N.D., Ray West finally smiled.
The longtime Okarche coach received one of the highest honors in his profession when he was named the 2012 national coach of the year in boys' basketball by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.
The award was presented at the organization’s national convention.
“It was a very wonderful experience,” said Ray from Council Bluff, Iowa, on Friday morning while making the trek back home.
“Honestly, it was an extremely humbling experience.”
West became eligible for the award when he was first named one of eight regional coaches of the year. His region consisted of Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Other nominees for the award included Tim Cannon, William Jennings High School in Nebraska; James Drake, Winner High School in South Dakota; Jim Eekhoff, Western Christian High School in Iowa; Robert Fredericks, Scottsdale Christian Academy in Arizona; Gregg Grinsteinner, Dickinson Trinity High School in North Dakota; Terry Hopkins, Lander Valley High School in Wyoming, and, William O’Hearn, Mason County High School in Kentucky.
West led Okarche to the Class A semifinals in 2012 as the Warriors finished with a 27-4 record.
His team’s 62-42 win over Amber-Pocasset on Dec. 16, 2011, was the 700th of his career. He has a career record of 715-320 after 38 seasons as a head coach.
article updated on 07/27/12 11:39