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Parkway South High Cross Country Coach Named National Coach of the Year

James Schmuck, cross country coach at South High, was named the 2005 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coach of the Year in the sport of Boys Cross Country. He was selected among all cross country coaches throughout the United States. The criteria for selecting the national coach of the year includes career coaching record, community service, involvement in other school activities, involvement in the cross country profession at local, state and national levels and basic philosophy of athletics. Schmuck will also be featured in the summer issue of Coaches Quarterly magazine. Schmuck, who retires from coaching this year, has been South's cross country coach since the school opened in 1976. I am a little overwhelmed on the one hand, says Schmuck. "On the other hand I recognize that I represent both the coaches in our state who work every day to help students grow and mature through cross country and the athletes who have achieved at such a high level, allowing me to qualify for this honor."