Butler, Harrison, Sommer, Ruiz Ascend All-Time List

After winning championships at last weekend's state meet, four coaches ascended higher on the all-time winning most coaches list maintained by former FACA XC Chair and Spanish River coach Rick Rothman. With his 10th girls championship at Plant, Coach Roy Harrison got some big attention after that milestone. That ten state championships ties him for the all-time lead for single gender championships... tied with the legendary Brent Haley, who won ten boys titles at Largo. Harrison has more state championships than any other girls only coach.

However, Doug Butler now tops the overall list. His boys added another state championship, bringing his combined gender total to eleven. That is more than anyone else in state history.

Frankie Ruiz and his Belen Jesuit boys added another title, bringing the total under Ruiz' relatively short reign as head coach to five boys titles. And Coach Jeff Sommer of Estero notched another girls championship, bringing his combined total to six and tying him for eighth overall (sixth active).

Ruiz and Butler are tied for the most boys championships, along with Coach Gary Droze of Maclay, among active coaches.

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STATE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS BY COACHES

1. DOUG BUTLER*-HOLY TRINITY-11   GIRLS AND BOYS

2. BRENT HALEY-LARGO-10     BOYS

2. GARY DROZE*-MACLAY-10    GIRLS AND BOYS

2. ROY HARRISON*-PLANT-10   GIRLS

5. BOB ENNIS-LETO-7 BOYS

5. RICK ROTHMAN*-SPANISH RIVER-7    GIRLS

5. SCOTT GOWAN*-PORT ST. JOE/TALLAHASSEE CHILES-7   BOYS AND GIRLS

8. MIKE MUSICK-LAKELAND CHRISTIAN-6 GIRLS

8. JEFF SOMMER*-ESTERO-6  BOYS AND GIRLS

10. GEOFF PIETSCH-RANSOM-EVERGLADES-5    BOYS

10. NICK GAILEY-ASTRONAUT/TITUSVILLE-5   BOYS

10. MARILYNN WILLS-LEON-5    GIRLS

10. MIKE McPHERSON-WESTMINSTER ACADEMY/ATLANTIC-5  BOYS

10. BOB ESTES-CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC-5      BOYS

10. MICHAEL DELUCIA-McARTHUR/SOUTH BROWARD-5 GIRLS AND BOYS

10. ARI MONTALVO-OUR LADY OF LOURDES-5   GIRLS

10. MIKE HILL- WINTER PARK-5    BOYS

10. TONY RYAN*-BISHOP KENNY/BOLLES-5    GIRLS

10. FRANKIE RUIZ*-BELEN JESUIT-5     BOYS

20. MIKE HOLLOWAY-BUCHHOLZ-4    BOYS

20. JAMES McDANIEL-JAY-4    BOYS

20. JEFF KRAMER-ASTRONAUT-4    GIRLS

20. BOB JACKSON-ROCKLEDGE-4 GIRLS AND BOYS

20. STEVE LYONS-BISHOP KENNY/NEASE-4    GIRLS AND BOYS

20. MIKE BOZA*TAMPA JESUIT-4    BOYS    

20. MICHELLE KREUGER-JACKSONVILLE EPISCOPAL-4  GIRLS

*ACTIVE COACH

 

GIRLS AND BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

DON FOY-NICEVILLE

STEVE LYONS-BISHOP KENNY, NEASE

DREW BELL-PENSACOLA CATHOLIC

GARY DROZE*-MACLAY

BOB JACKSON-ROCKLEDGE

WILLIAM SULLIVAN*-JACKSONVILLE EPSICOPAL

MIKE DeLUCIA-SOUTH BROWARD (BOYS) McARTHUR (GIRLS)

DOUG BUTLER*-HOLY TRINITY ACADEMY

SCOTT GOWAN*-TALLHASSEE CHILES

JEFF SOMMER*-ESTERO

 

GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONS / BOYS RUNNER-UP (SAME YEAR)

FRED FINKE*-LYMAN

MARILYNN WILLS-LEON

RICK ROTHMAN*-SPANISH RIVER

 

BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

1. BRENT HALEY-LARGO-10

2. BOB ENNIS-LETO-7

3. MIKE HILL-WINTER PARK-5

3. GARY DROZE*-MACLAY-5

3. GEOFF PIETSCH-RANSOM-EVERGLADES-5

3. NICK GAILEY-TITUSVILLE-ASTRONAUT-5

3.MIKE McPHERSON-WESTMINSTER ACADEMY/ATLANTIC-5    

3.BOB ESTES-CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC-5  

3. DOUG BUTLER-HOLY TRINITY-5    

3. FRANKIE RUIZ-BELEN-5

 

GIRLS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

1. ROY HARRISON*-PLANT-10  

2. RICK ROTHMAN*-SPANISH RIVER-7

3. MIKE MUSICK-LAKELAND CHRISTIAN-6  

3.  DOUG BUTLER*-HOLY TRINITY-6  

5. ARI MONTALVO-LOURDES-5

5. GARY DROZE*-MACLAY-5

5. MARILYNN WILLS-LEON-5

5. TONY RYAN*-BISHOP KENNY/BOLLES-5

 

 

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