A pair of West Virginia high school coaches have been named the nation’s top coaches in their respective sports by the National Federation of High Schools.
Martinsburg High football coach Dave Walker and Chapmanville High softball coach Ronnie Ooten were announced Friday morning as national winners.
The NFHS has been recognizing coaches through an awards program since 1982. The organization honors coaches in the top 10 sports for both girls and boys, according to participation numbers, and in one “other” sport that is not included in the top 10 listings. Winners of NFHS awards must be active coaches during the year for which they receive their award. This year’s awards recognize coaches for the 2015-16 school year.
Ooten won the sixth state championship of his career this past spring, capturing the Class AA softball title with Chapmanville’s 10-0 win over James Monroe in the title game. Chapmanville went 4-1 in the double-elimination state tournament.
Walker has won five state football titles with Martinsburg over the last seven seasons. MHS captured the 2016 crown with a 49-7 win over Spring Valley in December.