Archive for Thursday, April 1, 2004

BHS’s Spielman again tabbed as top coach

April 1, 2004

One of Baldwin High School's most successful coaches has been honored once again. Mike Spielman has been chosen as this year's Class 4A Coach of the Year by the Kansas Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association. Also, he was named the Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year all classes by the Coaches Association.

"I like his coaching style. He seems to be a really great group motivator. He always gets large amounts of people to perform to their best ability, but he doesn't push you more than you are capable of," said senior cross country runner Phil Wagner.

Spielman led the girls cross country team to its second state championship in a row. He also led the boys cross country team to its sixth state championship in row.

"I feel very fortunate to have a lot of great athletes, parents and support from the community," said Spielman.

Spielman was awarded the Class 4A Coach of the Year already and will be receiving the other one in August at the Coaches Clinic in Topeka.

"I think one of the reasons he is as successful as he is, is because he treats us all equally and more like family than just a team," said junior Missy Westgate.

"To be a good coach you have to be able to relate to athletes, have to have knowledge of the sport, and be able to motivate," said Spielman of his coaching strategies.

One of Spielman's main coaching philosophy is, "try and do all the little things right, all the time."

Spielman was also the 1998 Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year and the 2000 Boys Track Coach of the Year.

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