If Sue Butz-Stavin had simply broken the win record and become the winningest coach in the history of the High School game this season, she very well likely could have received this award. Then you consider what she did in the 2015 season-- she led her Emmaus team to a perfect 27-0 season and won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, District XI Championship, and the Pennsylvania AAA State championship, quite arguably the most difficult championship in the nation to win! To us, it wasn't even a question: Sue Butz-Stavin is the 2015 National High School Coach of the Year.
Final PA/NJ Region Ranking: #2
A Q&A WITH THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR:
Butz-Stavin: "I just want to continue to inspire the young ladies I coach to achieve their goals in life by dedication, hard work and having a love in what they choose to do to pursue their dreams."
QUESTION: What made this year’s team and season special and different than the rest?
Butz-Stavin: "Having a group of ladies with different levels of skills band together to achieve a goal, a goal that many teams find hard to achieve – conference, district and state championships."
QUESTION: After 40 years of coaching, what motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Butz-Stavin: "The love of the game and enjoyment of coaching high school athletes. Every day is a new challenge. It’s fun. It keeps you young."
QUESTION: Do you have any mentors or coaches that you look up to that have helped shape the type of coach you are today?
My mother, Lucille Butz, taught me the spirit and sportsmanship of sports. She also instilled that hard work and the pursuit of excellence would produce a positive outcome."
QUESTION: What advice would you give to a young female that is considering getting into coaching field hockey?
QUESTION: Now that you have accomplished the highest of achievements (You are the winningest coach in the game!)- what’s next?
QUESTION: How much longer will you continue coaching?
QUESTION: If you could change one thing about the sport of field hockey in the U.S., what would it be?
Butz-Stavin: "The sport needs to grow across the country in middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities."
QUESTION: If you weren’t coaching field hockey, what would you be doing?
Butz-Stavin: "House projects, travel, golf and spending time with my husband Bob."
Becoming the all-time winningest coach in the nation - Win #840
2015 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Champions
2015 District XI Champions
PIAA AAA State Champions
Photos Courtesy of Bryan Tietz