COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA TODAY High School Sports crowned a best high school boys basketball coach on Feb. 7 after a month of voting by fans. The search for America's best high school girls basketball coach now is underway.
The girls coach contest will be the seventh installment in USA TODAY High School Sports' "Best Of" series, a competition that has drawn more than 100 million votes and attracted fans from all sections of the country – from big cities to tiny towns and everywhere in between – with 1,700 different schools being involved in one of the contests so far. No state has produced multiple winners, as past champions have hailed from Missouri, Vermont, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Palmer High School's Dave Shackelford has been nominated as one of five coaches from the state of Colorado for the award.
Voting on the girls basketball coach contest began Monday, and the state round will end Feb. 24. The state winners and two wild cards advance to a regional round Feb. 25-March 4. Regional winners and again two wild cards move onto the national round March 5-12.
USA TODAY High School Sports selected five active high school girls basketball coaches in each state and Washington, D.C. after more than a month of conversations with local media and other state/school officials with expertise. From there, the fans are deciding which girls basketball coach will emerge from a list of 255.
To cast your vote, click the link below.